History Of St. Joseph's Church

The foundation for the first Church in Abu Dhabi was laid in 1962. In October 1963 work began for the first Church in Abu Dhabi and the foundation stone was blessed in February 1964, on a plot of land along the present Corniche, donated by H.H. Sheikh Shakbut, the ruler of Abu Dhabi at that time. Fr. Barnabas Madii undertook the task of constructing the Church and a residence for the priests and on February 19, 1965 the first Church was inaugurated.

On 19 March 1981, the foundation for the present Church was laid, following the Ruler’s decision that the Church and its associated schools be moved to a different location. The inauguration of the new complex took place on 25 February 1983, in the presence of Sheikh Shakbut.

Important Dates For St. Joseph's Church at Corniche

  • 19606th Aug
    First mass in private house

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  • 19636th Aug
    Fr. Barnabas Maddii celebrates

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  • 196322th Jun
    Title deed for 11 acres of land

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  • 196329th Jun
    Plot Location Layout

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  • 196329th Oct
    Beginning of construction

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  • 196410th Feb
    Foundation stone

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  • 196425th Dec
    first mass celebrated in the new church

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  • 196519th Feb
    Inauguration of the church

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  • 19832th Jan
    Last mass in the Corniche church

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  • 198319th Feb
    Demolition of Corniche church

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Important Dates For St. Joseph's Church In AL MUSHRIF

  • 19741th Jan
    Apostolic Vicar of Arabia

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  • 197621th Mar
    Arrival of Bishop Bernard Gremoli

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  • 197716th Aug
    Granting of land by Presidential Court

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  • 198119th Mar
    Blessing and laying of foundation stone

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  • 198225th Dec
    Christmas masses celebrated

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  • 198325th Feb
    Consecration of St. Joseph's Church

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SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH ABU DHABI

  • 19691th Jan
    Arrival of Rosary Sisters

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  • 19731th Jan
    Arrival of Carmelite Sisters

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Priests Of St. Joseph's Parish

Fr. Johnson K
Sep - 2015

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Savarimuthu
2006 - 2015

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Eugene Mattioli
1989 - 2006

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Eusebius Daveri
1982 - 1989

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Daniele Cerofolini
1976-1982

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Attilio Franceschetti
1969-1976

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Barnabas Madii
1965-1969

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