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Bishop Paul Hinder
Bishop
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Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia.

He was born in Bussnang TG, Switzerland, on April 22, 1942 to Wilhelm Hinder and Agnes Meile.

He joined the Franciscan Capuchin Order in 1962 and was ordained a priest on July 4, 1967. After specialized studies in Canon Law in Munich/Germany and Fribourg/Switzerland he got a Doctorate in Theology in 1976. He was active as a professor, in the formation of young Capuchins, later as provincial in Switzerland and since 1994 as General Councillor in Rome for the worldwide Capuchin Order.

On December 20, 2003, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Arabia and was ordained Bishop on January 30, 2004 in Abu Dhabi. On March 21, 2005 he succeeded Msgr. Bernardo Gremoli, now retired in Florence, Italy, as Vicar Apostolic of Arabia (UAE, Oman,Yemen, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia). It is in this capacity that he now shepherds the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia (UAE, Oman, Yemen).

Bishop Hinder is fluent in German, English, French, Italian.

He is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and a consultor of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples as well as the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

He has taken part in the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, in the meetings of the Catholic-Muslim Forum in the Vatican and in Jordan, in a number of interreligious meetings and other international conferences.

Office e-mail: Bishop

Fr. Lenny Connully
Vicar General

Fr. Lennie J. A. Connully, OFM Cap., Vicar General.

Born on 30 October, 1946, to a devout couple Paul and Cecilia, in Cochin, the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala, on the west coast of India.

He joined the St. Francis Province of the Capuchin Order in Kerala, professed in 1967 and was ordained a priest on December 15, 1976. He served the Order as mission preacher, director of schools in Delhi but also as provincial and in the formation of the young Capuchins in India, Kenya and Zambia. He is the Vicar General of the Vicariate since March 1, 2010.

Office e-mail: Vicar General

Fr. Valerian Fernandes
Chancellor

Fr. Valerian Fernandes, Chancellor.

Capuchin priest from the Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka in India was born in the diocese of Mangalore in 1963; he made his religious profession in 1985 and was ordained a priest on 12 May 1993. After different activities in the Province he was sent for higher studies in Rome, which he completed with a Doctorate in Canon Law in November 2011. Since February 2012, he renders his service to the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia as Chancellor of the Vicariate and as Auditor / Ecclesiastical Judge of the Marriage Tribunal.

Chancery Office e-mail: Chancellor
Marriage Tribunal Office e-mail: Tribunal

Fr. Gandolf Wild
Secretary

Fr. Gandolf Wild, OFM Cap., Secretary.

Born in 1940 in Appenzell, Switzerland, he joined the Swiss Capuchin Province in 1960 and was ordained a priest on July 4, 1965.

He spent 27 mission years in education, formation and as superior in Tanzania and Kenya in Africa, 13 years in the secretariat of the Capuchin Order in Rome and came to Abu Dhabi in June 2008 at the insistent request of Bishop Paul Hinder, his former school mate.

Office e-mail: info@ccsarabia.org
or: office@ccsarabia.org

Fr. Michael Ivor Egan
Fr. Michael Ivor Egan

Fr. Michael Ivor Egan

He was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1927. After graduating from the university he worked in the airline business for 30 years all over the world. In 1981, at the age of 58, he began his theological training at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome and was ordained a priest by Blessed John Paul II in St. Peter's in 1985. Fr. Michael Egan was from the beginning incardinated in the Vicariate of Arabia and has served all his priestly years in the Gulf. Since April 2012, Fr. Michael lives in the Bishop's House and is a much sought-after confessor, counsellor and hospital chaplain.

Fr. Reinhold Sahner
Fr. Reinhold Sahner
German Speaking Community

Fr. Reinhold Sahner

He was born in Mosbach/Baden, the southern part of Germany in 1960. After studies in philosophy and theology at the Universities of TŸbingen and Bamberg he moved to Denmark in 1988 and was ordained a priest in 1990 for the Diocese of Copenhagen. He worked as parish priest and taught German and History of Religious Thought at the Jesuit High School in Copenhagen. Since August 2012 he lives and works in Abu Dhabi, with special responsibility for the German speaking communities in UAE and the Gulf countries, sent by the Secretariat for the Pastoral Care of Catholics Abroad of the German Episcopal Conference.

Fr. Michael O'Sullivan
Financial Administrator
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Catholic Soc. Svcs. Director

Fr. Michael O'Sullivan, Financial Administrator and Director Catholic Social Services.

He was born in 1964 and raised in Ireland. After joining the Missionaries of Africa - White Fathers in 1983, he studied in Switzerland, Algeria and France and was ordained priest in 1991. He subsequently completed further studies of Arabic and Islam in Rome.

Fr. Michael’s missionary life has brought him to the Arab world in Algeria, Sudan and the Holy Land where he had been involved in parish work, education and promoting solidarity pilgrimages with Secours Catholique, a French charity.

Since June 2012 he serves the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia as the Financial Administrator and the director of Catholic Social Services.

His office is at St. Mary's Church, Dubai.

Contact info
Office of the Financial Administrator,
P.O. Box 51200, Dubai.
Office: +971 4 334 59 59
E-mail:Financial Administrator

Catholic Social Services
P.O. Box 51200, Dubai.
Office: +971 4 334 59 59
E-mail:Catholic Social Services