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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,

Larnaca: St. Mary of Graces Catholic Church

Limassol: St. Catherine Catholic Church

Paphos: Paphos Catholic Church

Schedule of Holy Masses

Weekdays: 6.30 pm, in English Holy Cross Church
Paphos Gate, 1010 Nicosia 
P.O.Box 21964
Tel. 22 662132; Fax 22 660767
Fr. Edmunds Garret ofm, 
Parish Priest
Fr. Andrew Arhin ofm.
Fr Vito Scagliuso
  Tuesday: 7.30 am, in Greek
  Saturday: 6.30 pm, valid for Sunday
  Sunday: 8.00 am
    9.30 am
    11.00 am Communities’ Mass
    6.30 pm
  Every day: 5-6 pm, Exposition of Bl. Sacrament
    Rosary 6.00 pm
  All Masses in English, except on Tuesday.
12 noon, on first and third Sundays of the month.
Weekdays: 6.30 pm in English St. Catherine Church
2 Jerusalem Street, 
P.O.Box 57331, 3315 Limassol
Tel. 25 362946; Fax 25 346290
Fr. Andrew Verdote ofm
Parish Priest
Fr. Victor Peña ofm. 

  Tuesday: 6.30 pm in Greek
  Friday: 6.30 pm in Greek
  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
    6.30 pm in English
Sunday: 8.00 am      (Greek) St. Mary of Graces Church
Terra Santa Street
P.O.Box 400, 6300 Larnaca
Tel. 24 642858; Fax 24 636953
Fr. Dulniok Zacheusz, ofm, 
Parish Priest
Fr. Umberto Barato ofm
Fr Gabriele Vormawah
    9.30 am      (English)
10.30 am    (English) Paralimni
12.00 noon (English) Agia Napa (Aeneas Beach Hotel Chapel)
6.30 pm       (Polish)
  Saturday: 8.30 am (Italian) - Chapel of the Rest House
    6.30 pm (English) (Valid for Sunday)
  Daily: 8.00 am (Italian) - Chapel of the Rest House
    6.30 pm (English)
  Tuesday: 6.30 pm Mass, followed by special prayer to St. Angthony of Padua.
  Wednesday Holy Rosary at 6.10 pm followed by special prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
  First Friday 6.00 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Holy Mass
  Community Masses: Sri Lankan Mass Every first Sunday of the month
Philipino Mass Every thirth Sunday of the month
Children's Mass Every forth Sunday of the month
Weekdays: 9.00 am at the Presbytery, in English  
  Saturday: 4.00 pm valid for Sunday

Aya Kyriakí Church 
(St. Paul’s Pillar)
2, Galatianis Street, P. O. Box 61120
8131 Kato Paphos
Tel. 26 953459; Fax 26 931308

Fr. Carlos Ferrero

 Parish Priest

Fr Miguel de la Calle

Fr Jim Kennedy


  Sunday: 10.00 am in Latin
    11.00 am in German/Polish
    12.00 noon in English
  10.00 am St. Nicolas Church, in English
  6.00 pm near the Columbia Hotel, in English
Thursday: 4.30 pm in French
  Friday: 4.00 pm in English