Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Fr Anton Theuma was named as the ninth Bishop for Gozo by the Apostolic Nuncio Mgr Alessandro D’Errico on Thursday. A ceremony was held at Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary earlier today.
The 56-year-old priest will succeed Mgr Mario Grech.
Fr Theuma was ordained a priest in 1998 and spent several years serving the parish of St Ignatius before returning to Gozo where he served as the Rector of the Gozo Seminary. During his priestly formation, Bishop-to-be Teuma worked as a welder and electrician in Australia and he is licensed for both trades.
Ordained priest in 1988 by Bishop Nikol Cauchi, he was sent to Rome where he served in the parish of St. Ignatius of Antioch whose parish priest was a fellow Gozitan, Fr Joseph Attard. He also continued his studies at the Salesian Pontifical University and held various appointments including that of spiritual director for the Roman Pontifical Seminary.
Recalled to his native dioceses in 1997 he served as rector in the Sacred Heart Seminary for ten years and was later also appointed as spiritual director for Eucharistic communities in Gozo. He spent a sabbatical year in the Holy land in 2008 where he obtained a diploma in Biblical Formation from the Franciscan Biblical Institute in Jerusalem.
In 2016 he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in the science of formation from the Gregorian University and a post-graduate diploma in Family psychotherapy. He is currently finalising his master’s degree.
Many have taken to social media to congratulate Fr Anton Theuma after he was named Bishop, including the Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri and Opposition spokesperson for Gozo Chris Said.