Once upon a time there were two large Catholic Churches in Kos, The Agnus Dei which was on the sea front and had a magnificent tower that could be seen from many miles out at sea.
The second Church was called St. Paul and was located on the road to the airport. St. Paul the Apostle came to Kos and Rhodes, which is mentioned in the bible; Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 21 V 1.
The third Catholic Church (more of a chapel than a church) is actually dedicated to the Holy Cross, but people call it the Agnus Dei, which means The Lamb of God, because that was and still is the name of the parish.
After the war the two main churches were lost, the one on the sea front and the church of St. Paul.
There is now only the small church of the Holy Cross, known as the Lamb of God or Agnus Dei.
Close to the main church on the sea front there used to be a large monastery, next to it was the Catholic School and an orphanage as well as the hospital.
They were all built by the Italian Catholic Missionary Society and were administered by Catholic Nuns of the order” Le Soure Zelatrice del Sacre Cuore di Gesu”, The Sisters of the Sacred Heart.
The Catholic cemetery according to the peace agreement signed in 1948 after the war , was and is still today, administered by the Catholic Church.
All these buildings were built in the late 1920s and early 1930s. However due to a devastating earthquake in Kos in 1933, much of the Town of Kos was destroyed, including many of the churches. The Italians helped to reconstruct the town, which gives it that distinctive architectural influence.
Today, the Catholic Church in Kos Town, welcomes many, from near and far. Those living on the island and those visiting it. It is open daily during the summer months, and the priest currently resident at that period says Holy Mass daily (usually) and of course at the weekends. The grounds of the Catholic church are also used for meetings of several of the foreign groups during the long winter months, and the church rooms are available for social discussions and coffee mornings, book clubs and organised gatherings.
The Christmas carol services are enjoyed by all, and the priest welcomes everyone with open arms. There are many nationalities on the island of Kos, and The Catholic Church plays an important role in uniting them all.
Thank you to Father Luke who is residing in Rhodes at this present time, for his kind help and information and to Jenna Alamanioti.
The Summer services, and times will be added shortly.