Situated in Kuwait City, a short walk away from the shore of the Arabian Gulf, the Holy Family Cathedral rises tall and majestic, an impressive edifice of warm sandstone against the backdrop of clear blue waters. While it is the seat of the Catholic Bishop in Kuwait, it is also a living testimony of the many mighty and wondrous deeds of God for His people. This site has been a place of worship for over fifty years, standing as a vibrant symbol of Catholicism in the State. Scripture commands that only the best is good enough for God. So with faith in God and his best foot forward, the first Bishop in Kuwait, Mgr. Theophano Stella commissioned an ingenious architect from Milan by the name of Emilio Tenca to design the Cathedral. The Cathedral, very modern and unique in its architecture, began to take shape in 1956 on land graciously allocated by H.H. The Amir, and the Government of Kuwait. January 27, 1957, was the day chosen for the laying of the first stone, and on March 16, 1961, the Cathedral was solemnly blessed and consecrated. Mindful of the peculiar circumstances in which the Catholics of Kuwait lived, namely, as transient residents, Bishop Stella decided to dedicate the Cathedral to 'The Holy Family in the Desert'.
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