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The St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church was inaugurated in November 2001 by Bishop Bernard Gremoli as part of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia (formerly Vicariate of Arabia). Our parish is presently pastored by Bishop Paul Hinder. We comprise of many nationalities and diverse communities from around the world united in one body of Christ. Located just off of Sheikh Zayed road behind Al Muntazah Complex in the emirate of Dubai, we are easily accessible from The Gardens Boulevard, Ibn Battuta Metro Station by bus or taxi, and from the Jebel Ali Village Interchange. View our location map.


HISTORY

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was in the territory of St. Mary’s Church, Dubai where Rev. Fr. Daniel Cerofolini OFM Cap was the Parish Priest. He blessed and laid the foundation stone on 4th October 2000. The construction of the entire Church building was done within an admirable period of one year.

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Jebel Ali, was consecrated on 15th of November 2001. Jebel Ali is situated on a small mountain desert. The name Jebel Ali (جبل علي‎) itself means ‘Low Mountain’.

The parish land area is 50,000 ft2. It comprises of a single building of three parts. The church is adjoined by the Assisi Parish Hall, which can be opened if number of faithful increases for the church services. There is also a systematically constructed Padua Centre with fifteen halls, which can be used for Catechesis and Prayer meetings. The residential area and the office are another part of the construction. The plan and the architecture provide also a basement-parking space for 70 cars.

Indeed, this reveals a work of masterpiece by Bishop Giovanni Bernardo Gremoli. Everyone who visits the church has a wonder of being in a ‘House of Prayer’. The mosaic picture of Jesus embracing St. Francis from the Cross centers the sanctuary of the Church. It gives an extraordinary divine attraction for the Faithful.

This is the second Church within the Emirate of Dubai دبيّ‎ which began to serve the spiritual needs of faithful working/living in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Al Quoz Industrial Area, Jebel Ali Industrial Area, Jebel Ali Village, Jebel Ali Gardens and Jumeirah.

We had the opportunity of having Archbishop Giuseppe de Andrea, the Apostolic Delegate of Arabian Peninsula for the consecration of the Church. Bishop Bernard Gremoli, the Vicar Apostolic of Arabia, Most Rev. Br. John Corriveau, the Minister General of Capuchin Franciscan Order and Very Rev. Fr. Eugene Mattioli, the Superior Regular of the Arabian Capuchin Custody concelebrated the ceremony together with twenty priests from different parishes of Apostolic Vicariate; sisters from the Vicariate also participated. The colourful ceremony was magnified by almost three thousand Lay Faithful from various parishes of the Vicariate.


PASTORS — present


Bishop Paul Hinder
Bp. Paul Hinder
(2005 – date)
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Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia was born in Lanterswil-Stehrenberg, Switzerland, on April 22, 1942. He professed as Franciscan Capuchin on Sept 18, 1966 and was ordained priest on July 4, 1967. On Dec 20, 2003, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Arabia and was ordained Bishop on Jan 30, 2004. He was later appointed Vicar Apostolic of Arabia on March 21, 2005. It is in this capacity that he now shepherds the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia. » more


Fr. Eugene Mattioli
Parish Priest
2006 – date
Fr. Eugene Mattioli was born on May 30, 1931 in Florence, Italy. He joined the Capuchin order and was ordained on March 16, 1957. Later, he spent some time in England studying and came to serve in the Vicariate of Arabia. With his coming to Jebel Ali, he has served all the parishes of the Vicariate. He served the Capuchin order and the Vicariate in various capacities such as Regional Superior and Vicar General.

Fr. Joji
Asst. Parish Priest
(2011 – date)

Fr. Joji Plamparambil was born on 2 June, 1973 in a tiny village named Malapparambu, near Perinthalmanna in the district of Malappuram, Kerala. He joined the Capuchin minor seminary at Dasna, Masoori and did his novitiate at Muvattupuzha, Kerala. He completed his philosophical studies from St. Francis College Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, obtaining his degree from the Andhra University. He did his final commitment on the 12 June, 2000 in the Capuchin province of Kristu Jyoti, India. He, then, completed his theological studies at the Holy Trinity regional Major Seminary Punjab, and obtained his Masters from the Rohilkhand University Barreli, Uttarpradesh. He was ordained on the 6 May, 2002.

Prior to coming to our parish, he served as the Parish Priest at the St. Thomas Church Bilaspur, Uttarpradesh, the St. Thomas Church Khalanoor, and at the St. Fidelis Church Masthkot, Punjab. Most recently, he was the asst. parish priest at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Abu Dhabi.


Fr. Mathew
Asst. Parish Priest
(2011 – date)

Fr. Mathew Kandathil was born on 10 April 1959 in Idukki district, Kerala, India. He did his minor seminary at Infant Mary's Minor Seminary, Tiruvalla, philosophy and theology at Papal Seminary Pune, Maharastra. He was ordained on 16 April 1986 and belongs to the Diocese of Bathery of the Syro Malankara Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church. After his ordination, he served the Diocese of Bathery in various capacities, as the youth director, the family apostolate director, the corporate manager of the schools and colleges and parish priest of a few parishes. He has served in the Gulf countries for two years. Before he joined here, he has been serving the Diocese of Bathery as the procurator. He came to UAE on 16 June 2011 to serve as the Chaplain to the Syro Malankara catholics in the United Arab Emirates in the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, and helps out at St. Francis of Assisi parish in the priestly ministry.


Fr. Prasanna
Asst. Parish Priest
(2013 – date)

Fr. Prasanna Costa was born on 13 January 1965 in Chilaw in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. He lived in Matale in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and had his primary education in Matale and the Secondary education in Kandy. He entered the Junior Seminary in 1980 and upon completing his Secondary Education joined the National Seminary of Our Lady of Sri Lanka in Ampitiya, Kandy. Having completed his Philosophical and Theological studies, he obtained the Bachelors Degree in Theology and was ordained a Priest on 28 October 1989 in his home town parish St. Thomas' church, Matale for the Diocese of Kandy. Appointed as an Assistant Priest in the Parishes or Ragala and St. Anthony's Cathedral Kandy, also worked as the Parish Priest of Panwila and Nuwara Eliya Parishes. In 1995 he left for further studies to Rome and obtained a Masters Degree in Moral Theology from Alfonsianum University in 1997. Then he was appointed as the Rector of the Junior Seminary and became the Procurator General of the Diocese. Subsequently he served in the Parishes of Gatambe, Nawalapitiya, Gampola and the Cathedral parish of Kandy. He has also served as Diocesan Director of Pontificial Mission Societies (PMS). Before coming to UAE he served in the Parish of Tawalantenna. He is a Diocesan Priest of the Diocese of Kandy now incardinated in the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia from January, 2013.


PASTORS — past


Bishop Giovanni Bernardo Gremoli
Bishop Gremoli
(2000–2005)

Bishop Giovanni Bernardo Gremoli was born on 30 June, 1926 in Poppi, Italy. He was ordained priest on 17 February, 1951 and served the faithful of this region as Vicar Apostolic of Arabia from 2 October, 1975 until his retirement on 21 March, 2005.

Fr. Daniel Cerofolini
Fr. Daniel Cerofolini
(2000 – 2001)

Fr. Daniel Cerofolini

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Fr. John Fernandaz
First Parish Priest
(2001 – 2006)

Fr. John Fernandaz

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Fr. Ani Xavier
First Asst. Parish Priest
(2001 – 2002)

Fr. Ani Xavier

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Fr. Wilson Pascal
Asst. Parish Priest
(2002 – 2002)

Fr. Wilson Pascal

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Fr. Conrad D'Souza
Asst. Parish Priest
(2002 – 2003)

Fr. Conrad D'Souza

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Fr. Thomas Quadros
Asst. Parish Priest
(2003 – 2004)

Fr. Thomas Quadros

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Fr. Johnson K. Joseph
Asst. Parish Priest
(2004–2011)

Fr. Johnson K. Joseph was born on 27 January, 1963 in a tiny village named Thudanganad in Kerala, India. He joined the Capuchins and made final his commitment on May 15, 1983; and was ordained on January 4, 1990. Before coming to Jebel Ali on January 16, 2005, he served in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

Fr. Fernando
Asst. Parish Priest
(2005–2007)

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Fr. Fernando
Asst. Parish Priest
(2005–2011)

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Fr. Vincent Wijesurya
Asst. Parish Priest
(2007–2013)

Fr. Vincent Wijesurya was born on 28 September 1966 in Dankotuwa, and his hometown is Pannala in the Kurunegala District in Sri Lanka. After his university studies, he had his priestly formation at the National Seminary Kandy, and got ordained on 21 December 1993. He served the Diocese of Kandy in various capacities, and the last parish he served was Nuwara Eliya. He came to U.A.E. on 8 October 2007, and was taking care of the spiritual needs of the faithful from Sri Lanka within Vicariate, while helping other communities in their spiritual needs.

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PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much Seek to be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen