St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubai
His Highness the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E donated land in 1966 to build a Church. Rev. Fr. Eusebius Daveri and his team pioneered this project. His Highness the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum inaugurated St. Mary's Catholic Church on 7th April 1967.
Today in this very place stands a magnificent new church that has been designed to accommodate more than 1700 worshipers at each service. Under the guidance of His Excellency Most. Rev. Bishop Bernard Gremoli, Rev. Fr. Daniel Cerofolini OFM. Cap, Fr. Michael Cardoz and their team pioneered this project. This church was inaugurated on 3rd November 1989.
Malayalee Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement - Dubai
The powerful anointment of the Holy Spirit through the Charismatic renewal movement has led to the spiritual renewal of the twentieth century world. The waves of this movement reached the shores of Dubai, home to a large Malayalee catholic community, nearly a quarter of a century ago. The seed that was sown by a few laymen was nourished by many and has now grown into a beautiful movement that has touched all sections of the community. The small prayer fellowship in the homes of the anointed brothers has now spread all over Dubai, proclaiming the message of God's love. Through these zonal fellowships the faithful have attained spiritual and physical healing, freedom from addictions and the experience of the kingdom of God. It has further encouraged the members to lend a helping hand to their brothers in need-both in Dubai and in their home country.
St. Mary's Church Dubai, which is considered the biggest parish in the world, enjoys a first Friday prayer of more than 2,000 people and a Monday prayer fellowship of more than 600 faithful comprising of just the Malayalee community. However there is a lot left to be done for the spiritual renewal of many more and the website abbadubai.org was inspired by the holy spirit for the fulfillment of this mission.
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