February 11, 2016
11 February 2015 (Abu Dhabi).
Bishop Paul Hinder OFM Cap., the Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia visits the parishes of St. Francis Xavier, Salalah and Holy Spirit Church, Ghala Muscat from 9-22 February.
The pastoral visit is one of the ways through which the Bishop maintains personal contact with the clergy and with other members of the People of God. It is an occasion to rejuvenate the energies of those engaged in various forms of ministry and an opportunity to invite the faithful to a renewal of Christian life and to an ever more intense apostolic activity.
The pastoral visit also helps the Bishop to evaluate the effectiveness of the structures and agencies designed for pastoral service, taking account of the circumstances and difficulties of the task of ministry, so as to determine more accurately the priorities and the means required for overall pastoral provision.
Fr. Antony Anikleth Puthenpurackal OFM Cap., the parish priest of St. Francis Xavier Salalah will welcome Bishop Paul to Salalah. The Bishop is expected to remain in Salalah for a week before moving on to Ghala, Muscat.
In Ghala, Fr. Wilson Rumao OFM Cap., the parish priest of Holy Spirit Church, Ghala and the four assistant priests of the parish will welcome the Bishop to Ghala.
During his pastoral visit, the Bishop will celebrate Mass with the parish community, meet various language communities, ministries and groups of the diverse parishes of Salalah and Ghala.