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TimelineThe Vicariate of Kuwait is now the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia which includes Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The decree from the Holy See came into effect on May 31, 2011.

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Clergy and Religious in the State of Kuwait

"Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchiz'edek." -- Hebrews 5:6



H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCJ, was the 1st Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia, since the territory of Northern Arabia was established only recently on May 31, 2011. He was consecrated Bishop and installed as the 4th Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait on September 2, 2005, at the Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait City. Bishop Camillo belonged to the Copngregation of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus. The Comboni Missionaries seek to follow in the footsteps of their founder, St. Daniel Comboni, by ministering to the world’s “poorest and most abandoned people.” They do this by proclaiming the Gospel with all of its values, by themselves working and empowering others to work for justice and love of all mankind and by working with local churches in making known the universal mission of Christ.

Late Bishop Camillo Ballin's Full Biography

Priests of the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor (OFM Cap)

Fr. Alfredo Fr. Noel Fr. Ramon C. Atanacio
Fr. Alfredo Guran Micua, OFM Cap
[ Ahmadi Parish Priest]
Fr. Noel Almeida, OFM Cap
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. Ramon C. Atanacio, OFM Cap
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Antony Lopez Fr. Prakash Fr. Johnson Arasseril
Fr. (Dr.) Antony Lopez, OFM Cap
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Prakash Kanjirathingal, OFM Cap
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. Johnson Arasseril, OFM Cap
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Paul Fr. Peter Fr. Johny
Fr. Paul Valiyaveetil M., OFM Cap
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. Peter P.M., OFM Cap
Fr. Johny Lonis M., OFM Cap
Fr. Roswin Fr. Ravi Fr. Sebastian
Fr. Roswin Pires, OFM Cap
[ Ahmadi Parish ]
Fr. Ravi Rozario, OFM Cap
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. Sebastian Purayidathil, OFM Cap
[ Ahmadi Parish]

The Order of Capuchin Friars Minor (OFM Cap) is a religious order which seeks to live the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. The Capuchin movement began in Italy in the 16th century, and today there are nearly 12,000 friars worldwide. The Capuchins follow the Rule of St Francis according to the Capuchin Constitutions. They are a reform of the Franciscan movement, whose way of life was approved in 1528. The essence of the reform was to recapture the simplicity of the charism of Francis, with a focus on contemplative prayer, penance and smaller communities of 3-12 friars.

Priests of the Diocesan Order

Fr. Dominic S. Fr. Ruben B. Fr. Angelos M.
Fr. Dominic Santamaria
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Ben Barrameda
[ Salmiya Parish ]
Fr. Angelos Masoud
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Raymond Mtanios EID Fr. Ivan Anthony Perera Fr. Binoy Kochukarikathil
Fr. Raymond Mtanios EID
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Ivan Anthony Perera
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Binoy Kochukarikathil
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. Carlos    
Fr. Carlos Ceballos Medina
[ Cathedral Parish ]

The ministry of a Diocesan (from Greek “to keep house”) Priest is one of being available and involved in the Parish, thus helping the local Bishop. Diocesan priests do not make vows like the Religious. Upon ordination, they promise obedience to their bishop, and celibacy for the sake of the kingdom of God.

The Salesians of Don Bosco
The Indian English Academy in Salmiya is managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco

Fr. Lionel B. Fr. Francisco P. Fr. Johnson Nedumpurath, SDB
Fr. Lionel Braganza, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]

Fr. Franco Pereira, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]
Fr. Johnson Nedumpurath, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]

Fr. Derrick Misquitta, SDB Fr. Dominic Sequeira, SDB  
Fr. Derrick Misquitta, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]

Fr. Dominic Sequeira, SDB


The Salesians of Don Bosco, are an international organization of men dedicated full time to the service of young people, especially those who are poorer and disadvantaged. Founded by St. John Bosco, an Italian saint-educator of the nineteenth century, they are found in 128 different nations. ‘Youth Resource Development’ through education and evangelization is the main focus of their concern.

Brothers (Seminarians)

Bro. Paolo Felicetti

Bro. Giacomo Dainotti

Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation
The Carmel School in Kheitan is managed by the Apostolic Carmel Sisters

Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation

2014: Sisters of Carmel Convent (Left to Right): Sisters Dharshini, Kirthana, Roseema, Philomene, Serena (Superior), Lenita and Hazel

The Apostolic Carmel Congregation was founded by Mother Veronica at Bayonne in 1868, and established at Mangalore, India, in 1870, by Bishop Marie Ephrem OCD. Rooted in the contemplative spirit of Carmel, and nourished by its life of prayer and missionary zeal, the Apostolic Carmel expresses the vitality of the Church through its fruitfulness in the active apostolate of education and other works of mercy.

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Sisters of The Rosary Congregation
The Fajer Al Sabah School in Jabriya is managed by the Rosary Sisters

Sisters of The Rosary Congregation

2015: Sisters of Rosary Convent, Jabriya, Kuwait

The Rosary Congregation was established in Jerusalem in the year 1880 by Mother Marie Alphonsine from Jerusalem and Fr. Yousef Tannous from Nazareth, Chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate, assisted by the then Patriarch Vincent Bracco. The objectives of the Congregation are to serve the public through the establishment and development of schools, cultural and non-formal learning centers and hospitals.

Click here to learn more about the Rosary Congregation (Website in Arabic)


O Lord, may You find shelter and rest gently within the heart of Your priest...

Make him, O Lord, a priest according to Your heart: meek, humble, zealous, so that all he does will be for Your honor and glory.

Mold him into a man of prayer and labor, insensible to earthly things, and sensible only to Your love and to the graces of the Holy Ghost. Amen.


O God, You sent Your Son, Jesus, to bring eternal life to those who believe. I join Him in praying for laborers for Your harvest.

May Your Holy Spirit inspire men and women to continue His mission through Your priesthood, diaconate, religious life and lay ministry.

May this same Spirit make known Your will for my life. Amen.

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