Catholic Churches & Shrines in Aruba
Part of the Lesser Antilles, the island of Aruba lies a few miles north of Venezuela. Aruba is an independent country within the Netherlands and, as you might expect, the major language spoken here is Dutch. It is a popular vacation destination and also a major cruise ship port as well. The island has a large Catholic population.
The Lourdes Grotto:
The grotto is built into therocks in Seroe Preto (black hill) near San Nicolas. It was created under the guidance of a priest named “Erkamp”. A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was hoisted into place in the grotto. On February 11, feast of Lady of Lourdes), a procession leaves from the St. Theresita church in San Nicolas to the grotto, where Mass is held.
Catholic Churches on Aruba:
There are three main Catholic churches on the island.
Saint Franciscus Church (Saint Francis Cathedral) is the main Catholic church in Oranjestad, which is the capital of Aruba. They have a Monday morning Mass at 7:00 a.m., and then Masses on Sundays at 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Masses are not in English.
Tel +297 (582-1434)
Saint Anna Church in Noord is also a favorite of visitors, and is close to many of the resorts on the island. They have Mass on Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 7:30 am and 6:00 pm.
Tel: +297 (587) 1409
Virgin of Fatima Church in Oranjestad, Milonstraat 9, Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel: +297 (582) 2525
Traveling to Aruba:
Many international flights arrive in Queen Beatrix Airport on Aruba every day. It is also a very popular cruise port.
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