Sacred Heart English Language Parish, Amman
This is a “Personal” Parish of the Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Vicar for Amman, entrusted to the Jesuits.
On 1 April, 1996, as the result of an agreement between the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Provincial Superior of the New England Jesuits, a “personal parish” was established for English-speaking Roman Catholics resident in or visiting Amman, Jordan. A Pastor from the Jesuits was then nominated and appointed. The Jesuits have accepted and maintained this as a mission until the present.
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem traces its origins to the apostolic Church of Jerusalem in New Testament times and can thus claim to be the oldest diocese in the Catholic Church. Its boundaries currently include Jordan, Israel, Palestine, and Cyprus. In addition to the new English-language parish, the Jordanian part of the diocese includes 32 parishes and some 50,0000 Latin Catholics under the leadership of the patriarch’s auxiliary, Archbishop Maroun Lahham. The diocesan offices in Jordan are on Princess Alya Street (near to St. Mary of Nazareth Church) in As-Sweifyeh, Amman.
The English-language parish, dedicated to the Sacred Heart, has no special building, but its religious services are offered in Latin-Rite parish churches convenient to the areas of the city in which English-speaking Catholics live and work. The pastors of these churches provide facilities for the services, but the English-Language Pastor is responsible for the conduct of worship and all other aspects of parish life for those foreign Roman Catholics who choose to participate in the parish.
All Catholics are welcome to any and all Masses held in the parish. English-Language Catholics are welcome also in any of the Catholic parishes (Latin/Roman, Greek, Chaldean, Syriac, Melkite, etc.) of the Patriarchate and Vicariate.
As with any parish, sometimes a hall or other space is needed for a gathering or meeting. Our host parishes have been helpful and remain so.
The Pastor’s main office is located at the Jesuit Center, 43 Al-Razi Street, Jabal Hussein, Amman; it is the second property “above” the door of the Toledo Hotel on Al-Razi Street. It is always best to telephone or email the pastor for an appointment.
Each group of English-speaking Catholics has a small core of leadership who know a lot about the host church and the local church – procedures for baptisms, First Communion, Confirmation, Sacrament of the Sick, Reconciliation. All Catholic records are kept in the regular, or “territorial” churches, and their contacts are available on this website.
Ahlan wa-sahlan! — Welcome to the English-language parish!