The St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church was inaugurated in November 2001 by Bishop Bernard Gremoli as part of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia (formerly Vicariate of Arabia). Our parish is presently pastored by Bishop Paul Hinder. We comprise of many nationalities and diverse communities from around the world united in one body of Christ. Located just off of Sheikh Zayed road behind Al Muntazah Complex in the emirate of Dubai, we are easily accessible from The Gardens Boulevard, Ibn Battuta Metro Station by bus or taxi, and from the Jebel Ali Village Interchange. View our location map.


First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men… — 1Timothy 2:1

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. — Matthew 18:19


See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven.— Matthew 18:10

  • Keanu to Premila Fernandes on 16 July, 2014


…the inhabitants treated us with unusual kindness. They made us all welcome, and they lit a huge fire because it had started to rain and the weather was cold.— Acts 28:2

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Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  • 9 December 2015 — Dulcine Josephine Monteiro, mother of Dorothy Fernandes (9am Friday Catechism Coordinator), mother-in-law of Daniel and grandmother of Yona & Yoshua died in Mangalore.
  • 19 July 2015 — Angelo, son of Tony Mario and Violet Rodrigues died in Bangalore.
  • 28 May, 2015 — Gerard Pinto. He is survived by his wife Wendy, and two daughters.
  • 9 March, 2015 — Fr. Daniel Cerofolini OFM cap.; he was instrumental in establishing the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Jebel Ali.
  • 12 February, 2015 — Santiago Esponja Jr. (Eucharistic minister) passed away this morning at the hospital; he is survived by his wife Salvacion and daughters Shereen, Sheena and Sarah.
  • 20 October, 2014 — Elisabeth, mother of Fr. Joji.
  • 6 April, 2014 — Tilaka Costa, mother of Fr. Prasanna Warnakulasuriya.
  • April, 2014 — Urban D'Souza, father of Maryann Monteiro, Rosie, Susan, Arleen, Sharon and father-in-law of Vinod Monteiro.
  • 15 February, 2014 — Schuyler Pinto (39yrs), husband of Priya, father of Johann and Yana.
  • 31 October 2013 — Victoria Shanti Monteiro, wife of John, mother of Vinod, mother-in-law of Maryann, grandmother of Sienna. She served as an Usher, as an Eucharistic minister, and was an active member of the Konkani Community at our parish.

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To help alleviate traffic while leaving the church, please make use of the alternate route which begins across from the Churches/AlMuntazah/Equestrian Club junction and leads down to the E77. This route is ideal for those heading towards Jebel Ali Port, Abu Dhabi, Green Community, and Sheikh Zayed Road. Please click image for map.