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A Historical Survey

The Franciscans have been in Cyprus since the beginning of their Order. Indeed, we may assume that St Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), their founder, passed through Cyprus in his voyage to the Holy Places. On June 24th, 1219, Francis set sail from Ancona, Italy, and voyaged until St John of Acre (today, Akko), northern town of Palestine and then to Damietta, Egypt. In those times, ships were mostly coast vessels. From Ancona then, to reach the coasts of Palestine a ship would touch at ports along the coasts of Italy, Greece, around the Peloponese peninsula, Crete, the Cyclades Islands, the coasts of Anatolia, maybe the island of Rhodes, Cyprus, and finally Acre.

It is believed that St Francis stopped in Cyprus for some time and saw this beautiful island. In our Church in Kyrenia there is a small carved marble which represents St Francis and some of his brothers disembarking at the har­bour. One thing is certain, that the Franciscans were in Cyprus when Francis was still alive. During the Lusignan and Venetian periods, the Franciscans, to­gether with the Poor Clares, the Second Order founded by St Francis, estab­lished several friaries and churches, until the year 1571, when the island fell into the hands of the Turks. In that year they lied away with all the other Orders (Dominicans, Augustinians, Cistercians, etc.) In the year 1593, the Franciscans came back and, we believe, they established themselves on the same spot where we are now. In 1642 they built here the first, church dedicated to the Holy Cross, which functioned until the end of the 19th century.

The Latin Catholich Church of Cyprus has four parishes, which belong to the Latin Patriarcate of Jerusalem.

  Nicosia:  Holy Cross Catholic Church

Limassol:  St. Catherine Catholic Church

 Larnaca:  Our Lady of Graces Catholic Church

  Paphos:  St. Paul's Catholic Parish

Schedule of Holy Masses

Holy Cross Church
Paphos Gate, 1010 Nicosia 
P.O.Box 21964
Tel. 22 662132; Fax 22 660767

Fr. Jerzy Kraj, OFM
Vicar General

Fr. Andrew Verdotej, OFM
Parish Priest
Fr. Zacheusz Dulniokj, OFM
Fr Daniel Mosé Schoderj, OFM
 Nicosia Saturday: 6:30 pm Mass in English valid for Sunday
  Sunday: 8:00 am Mass in English
    9:30 am Mass in Greek
    10:30 am Mass in English
    12:00 noon Communities’ Mass 
          (1st Sunday - French, 2nd - Filipino,
           3rd - Indian, 4th - Sri Lankan)
    6:30 pm Mass in English
(5:30 pm: Winter: November - March)
7:30 am Mass in English (Tuesdays in Greek)
    7:30 am  Mass in Italian
      Chapel in Terra Sancta College
    5:30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 
              Evening Prayer (except Saturday)
    6:00 pm the Holy Rossary
    6:30 pm Mass in English
   Kyrenia: 12:00 noon every Sunday and Feast of obligation

St. Catherine Church
2 Jerusalem Street, 
P.O.Box 57331, 3315 Limassol
Tel. 25 362946; Fax 25 346290

Fr. Andrew Arhinj, OFM
Parish Priest
Fr. Gabriele Vormawahj, OFM

 Limassol Saturday: 6:30 pm, valid for Sunday
  Sunday: 8:00 am in English
    9:30 am in Greek
    11:00 am in Latin
    3:30 pm Communities’ Mass
(1st Sunday - Filipino, 2nd - Sri Lankan
          4th - Indian)
    6:30 pm in English
  Weekdays: 7.00 am in Italian - Chapel of Saint Mary’s School
(Saturdays at 7:30)
    6:30 pm in English
(Tuesdays and Fridays in Greek)

St. Mary of Graces Church
Terra Santa Street
P.O.Box 400, 6300 Larnaca
Tel. 24 642858; Fax 24 636953

 Fr. Raymond Camillierij, OFM 
Parish Priest
Fr. Francesco Di Palma
 Larnaca Saturday: 6.30 pm in English valid for Sunday
  Sunday: 8:00 am in Greek
    9:30 am in English
    11:00 am Communities’ Mass 
         (1st Sunday - Sri Lankan, 2nd - Polish,
         3rd - Filipino, 4th - Family Mass)
     6:30 pm in English
in Paralimni
10:30 am in English - Chapel of Archangel Michael
                                    behind Carrefour's car park

in  Agia Napa
12:00 noon Mass in English
  Aeneas Beach Hotel Chapel
  Weekday: 8:30 am Mass in Italian - Chapel of the Rest House
    6:30 pm Mass in English
Paphos  Saturday:
valid for Sunday
4:00 pm in English - Latin Parish Hall
6:00 pm in English - Agia Kyriaki
6:00 pm in English - St. Dimitri’s Polis

Aya Kyriakí Church 
(St. Paul’s Pillar)
2, Galatianis Street, P. O. Box 61120
8040 Kato Paphos
Tel. 26 953459; Fax 26 931308

Fr. Carlos Ferrero, IVE
Parish Priest
Fr. Fernando Flores, IVE
Fr. Jim Kennedy


  Sunday: 10:00 am in Latin - Agia Kyriaki
    11:00 am in English/Polish - Agia Kyriaki
         (3rd Sunday Polish Community Mass)
    12:00 noon in English - Agia Kyriaki
          (every last Sunday Philipino Community Mass)
    1:15 pm every 3rd Sunday Sri Lanka Community Mass
           in Agia Kyriaki
  12:00 noon every Sunday Maronite Mass
           in the Presbytery Chapel.
   Monday:   9:00 am Mass in English - Agia Kyriaki
  Tuesday:  9:00 am Mass in English - Agia Kyriaki
  Wednesday: 12:00 noon Mass in English - Agia Kyriaki
  Thursday: 9:00 am Mass in English - Agia Kyriaki
  Friday:  9:00 am Mass in English - Agia Kyriaki