Catholics in Pakistan
Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi

Scholarship Distribution at St. Peter Canisius Abbottabad Parish

On 7 May 2023, His Excellency Archbishop Dr. Joseph Arshad paid a pastoral visit to St. Peter Canisius Parish Abbottabad. His Excellency was very warmly welcomed at the parish. Children from St. Peter’s School presented a beautiful tableau to welcome His Excellency Archbishop Dr. Joseph Arshad into the parish. He also planted a tree in the compound of the Church.

Children from St. Peter’s School presented a beautiful tableau to welcome Archbishop Dr. Joseph Arshad
Children from St. Peter’s School presented a beautiful tableau to welcome Archbishop Dr. Joseph Arshad

Later His Excellency presided over the Sunday Eucharistic celebration along with Fr. Nasir William (Parish priest of St. Peter Canisius Parish Abbottabad) as con-celebrant. After the mass, His Excellency distributed scholarships among 9 students of the parish (5 students from school, 3 from college, and 1 from university).

The students, their families, and all the parishioners were extremely happy and thanked His Excellency for his care for the future of our children.

About Islamabad-Rawalpindi Diocese

The diocese was originally erected in 1887, as the Apostolic Prefecture of Kafiristan and Kashmir. The Prefecture was erected by the Diocese of Lahore and was entrusted to St. Joseph’s Society of Foreign Mission, also called Mill Hill Fathers. On 10 July 1947, the Apostolic Prefecture was elevated to a full diocese and renamed the Diocese of Rawalpindi. In 1952, Kashmir was lost to the diocese, and a new diocese was created from territory in Rawalpindi and Lahore to create the Apostolic Prefecture of Kashmir and Jammu. In 1979, the name was changed to the Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi.



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