On the day when the Church in Gozo is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Gozo Seminary, the Church announced that Gozo Bishop Mario Grech has made six new appointments in the diocese.
The appointments include two Episcopal vicars, Monsignor Guzeppi Attard and Monsignor Pawlu Cardona. Monsignor Attard hails from the parish of Saint Peter and St Paul in Nadur, and to date has been Archpriest of the parish of the Assumption in the Victoria Cathedral. He has now been appointed Episcopal vicar for Catechesis with Adults, with the aim of co-ordinating the work of the Parochial Pastoral Councils, the evangelisation of adults, ecumenical relations in the Diocese, lay movements and organisations, the promotion of lay theological formation, and particularly the co-ordination of a programme to assist in discernment of couples in a relationship. Monsignor Cardona from the parish of St Margaret in Sannat, to date Archpriest of the parish of St George in Victoria, has been appointed Episcopal vicar for the Clergy, with the aim of working to build the presbyteral communion and follow more closely the diocesan clergy.
Monsignor Joseph Curmi, Monsignor Joseph Sultana and Monsignor Trevor Sultana have been appointed archpriests. Monsignor Curmi, from the parish of the birth of the Virgin Mary in Xaghra and to date parochial vicar in the parish of St Peter and St Paul in Nadur, has been appointed Archpriest of St George’s parish in Victoria. Monsignor Sultana, from the same Xaghra parish, to date Archpriest at the parish of the Visitation in Gharb, has been apponted Archpriest of the parish of the Assumption in the Gozo Cathedral. Monsignor Sultana from the parish of St John Baptist in Xewkija, to date parochial collaborator in the parish of St Margaret in Sannat, has been appointed Archpriest in the parish of the Visitation in Gharb.
The final appointment is that of Fr Mark Bonello from the Xaghra parish, who has been appointed Bishop’s delegate for pastoral work with adolescents and youths and parochial vicar in the parish of St Peter and St Paul, Nadur.