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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 of the State of Kuwait

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



His Excellency Bishop Aldo, O.SS.T. is the Second Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia, overseeing the territories of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. On 18th March 2023, he was consecrated Bishop at Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral, Awali, Bahrain. H.E. Bishop Aldo has chosen as his Episcopal motto the announcement of the Resurrection in Mt. 28,6: « Resurrexit, sicut dixit » ("He is risen, as He said"). Throughout his religious life, he teaches that the Risen Christ plunges us into the fullness of Trinitarian life, and therefore into love.

H.E. Bishop Aldo's Biography, Pastoral Messages, Contact Details

AVONA CLERGY - Appointments and Nominations (2nd Official Circular, August 2023)

AVONA CLERGY - Appointments and Nominations (1st Official Circular, June 2023)

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

Fr. Noel Fr. Antony Lopez Fr. Prakash
Fr. Noel Almeida, OFM Cap
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. (Dr.) Antony Lopez, OFM Cap
[ Co-Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Prakash Kanjirathingal, OFM Cap
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. Johnson Arasseril Fr. Paul Fr. Johny
Fr. Johnson Arasseril, OFM Cap
[ Co-Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Paul Valiyaveetil M., OFM Cap
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. Johny Lonis M., OFM Cap
Fr. Roswin Fr. Ravi Fr. Gaspar
Fr. Roswin Pires, OFM Cap
Fr. Ravi Rozario, OFM Cap
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. Gaspar Fernandes, OFM Cap
Fr. Marlon Magdoza. Fr. Joseph  
Fr. Marlon A. Magdoza, OFM Cap.
[ Co-Cathedral Parish ];
Fr. Joseph Valiaveettil Paul, OFM Cap.
[ Co-Cathedral 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. Monsignor Raymond Mtanios EID
Fr. Dominic Santamaria
[ Co-Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Ben Barrameda
[ Ahmadi Parish ]
Msgr. Raymond Mtanios EID
[ Co-Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Carlos Fr. John T. Fr. Yassa Ghobrial  
Fr. Carlos Ceballos Medina
[ Co-Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. John Thundiyath
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. Yassa Ghobrial
[ Co-Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Jude    
Fr. Jude Chanaka Lalantha Croos
[ Co-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. Johnson Nedumpurath, SDB Fr. Derrick Misquitta, SDB Fr. Savio D'Souza, SDB
Fr. Johnson Nedumpurath, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]

Fr. Derrick Misquitta, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]

Fr. Savio D'Souza, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]
 Fr. Bosco Angelo D'Mello, SDB  Fr. Joe Fernandes, SDB  
Fr. Bosco D'Mello, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]

Fr. Joe Fernandes, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]


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.

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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