THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines is sending a priest to Kuwait to provide pastoral care and reach out to Filipinos working in the Gulf state.
“To assist, be of service, and help our Filipino priests there in Kuwait for our OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), our ECMI executive secretary will go there this May 1 until 31,” said CBCP-Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos.
The bishop was referring to Scalabrinian missionary Fr. Restituto Ogsimer who has been working with ECMI since 2015.
Currently, there are three Filipino priests assigned in different churches in Kuwait, including Fr. Ruben Barrameda, and Franciscan Fathers Ramon Atanacio and Alfredo Nicua.
The priests are assigned in three churches: the Holy Family Cathedral in Kuwait City, St. Therese in Salmiya, and Our Lady of Arabia in Almadhi.
“They also celebrate Masses at the Philippine embassy and in shelter homes, hear confessions, and do counseling,” Santos said.
Kuwait is home to more than 250, 000 Filipino expatriates, mostly working as domestic workers.