The city of Dubai grew up from 1883 when the present reigning dynasty took residence in the south of the bay which now covers an area of 4,000 sq.km., with about 400,000 inhabitants. Famous in the past as a market-place exporting gold and for printing stamps, Dubai owes its present prosperity to its oil resources which have made it the commercial center of the Emirates.
St. Mary's Catholic Church Dubai
Fr. Eusebio Daveri. | 1967
Church of the Assumption built in 1967 by Fr. Eusebio Daveri. It was demolished in 1988 to make way for a larger church to accommodate the growing number of Catholics
H.E. Mgr. Magliacani with H.H. Rashid Bin Saeed AI Maktoum, Sheikh of Dubai on the occasion of the Church's blessing, 7 April 1967
The Catholic community was at first served from Bahrain, but with the passage of time there was a need for a priest permanently residing there. Fr. Barnabas therefore turned to the wise and benevolent Sheikh Rashid and requested an area for a house of worship. This was immediately granted, but it was not used as it was too far.
In 1965 Fr. Eusebio Daveri arrived in Dubai. He obtained an area that was more convenient and, all by himself, began to make the preparations for a building. In the begining of 1966 a parish hall was ready. The foundation stone for the church was laid by Sheikh Rashid himself on 25 May 1966, and on 7 April 1967 it was solemnly blessed by Mgr. Magliacani and dedicated to Mary Assumed into Heaven.
The new Church inaugurated on November 1989
Rev. Fr. Eusebio Daveri 1965-1982
Rev. Fr. Daniele Cerofolini 1982-1984 & 1986-2004
Rev. Fr. Eugenio Mattioli 1984-1986
Rev. Fr. Peter P. M. 2004-2009
Rev. Fr. Tomasito B. Veneracion 2009 - 2014
Rev. Fr. Lennie J. A. Connully Since Oct 2014
There was also in Dubai, from 1977, an Arab priest from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, who attended to the spiritual needs of the Arabic and French communities. Fathers Moroun, Assan, Labib and Riad have worked there too. Today we have a Capuchin priest from Lebanon.
The increase in the number of the faithful necessitated the construction of a new and larger church. It was inaugurated on 3rd November 1989 by Cardinal Josef Tomko, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People. Constructed on the site of the old church, it can accommodate 2,000 persons and is an outstanding monument to the first century of the Vicariate's existence. Also, the father's house has been rebuilt, with new offices.
For more details www.saintmarysdubai.org
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United Arab Emirates
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Malayalee Catholic Congregation
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Website : www.mccdubai.org