Abu Dhabi Malankara Community

ABU DHABI “A Start was made in Abu Dhabi, where in 1962, H.H. Sheikh Shakbut donated a plot of land along the coast for the construction of a church and a residence for priests, built by Fr. Barnabas Madii. These were solemnly inaugurated on 19 February 1965.At the inauguration ceremony, H.H. the Sheik opened the main door of the church with a golden key, and entrusted the same to Mgr. Maglilacani. It was a symbolic gesture signifying that the Bishop of the Catholic Church was welcome in his Kingdom, and that he was under the Ruler’s protection. (Extracts from a private circulation Vicariate of Arabia. P. 66).

 

 

Explicit Malankara presence during these years is a matter yet to be investigated. It has been detectable, for sure, by late seventies. Sporadic and unidentified presence of a few persons of the Malankara Catholic way or tradition eventually grew into some kind of an occasional formation of simple but enthusiastic coming together. Explicit Malankara presence during these years is a matter yet to be investigated. It has been detectable, for sure, by late seventies. Sporadic and unidentified presence of a few persons of the Malankara Catholic way or tradition eventually grew into some kind of an occasional formation of simple but enthusiastic coming together.

Reverend Father Gheevarghese Mannikarott (now Corepiscopo) deserves the credit for his encouragement for the venture the Malankara Catholics have put forward in Abu Dhabi as well as in Dubai and Sharjah towards the close of the 20th century. It is important to mention that the visit of Dr. Fr. Abraham Kackanattu (now Bishop Abraham Mar Julios) in 1988 has imparted some initial momentum already to the little flocks in all the three above mentioned places. Abu Dhabi is no more in the group of little flocks. It has grown to be the third large Malankara community in the U.A.E.

 

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