Archbishop Charles Scicluna has appointed psychologist Anthony Gatt as Director of the Church entity Caritas Malta. Mr Gatt will be replacing Mr Leonid Mckay.
A Curia statement says that Anthony Gatt will continue to work so that the Church, through Caritas, will improve its free services, particularly in drug rehabilitation, work among the poor and among families with social problems, and work in favour of social justice and personal development.
Born in Valletta in 1976, Gatt is a psychologist who has been working in the social ssiatance sector since 1999. He graduated in psychology from the University of Malta, and his first post was with Caritas Malta as coordinator of volunteers. Mr Gatt carried out voluntary work for ten years with the Kummissjoni Djocesana Zghazagh. He obtained his Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Mr Gatt continued working as psychologist in drug rehabilitation with the Sedqa Agency. He worked in private practice for a number of years before re-joining Caritas Malta for the past three years. With Caritas he had the role of clinical coordinator, and coordinated the wide spread of services and drug rehabilitation programmes.
Mr Gatt has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta since 2004, where he teaches in the counselling and psychotherapy sectors, as well as humanist psychology and organisational psychology. Over the years he has served on a number of Church and State boards, including the professional board of psychologists and the prison board for drug rehabilitation. For a number of years Mr Gatt also served on the council of the Malta Chamber of Psychologists.
Anthony Gatt described Caritas Malta as “a home which provides company, rest and dignity, hope and a cure. A home where man recognises his beauty in communion with others.”
Anthony Gatt is married to Marisa, and they have five children ranging in ages from three to 14 years.