“Fr Charles; a hard-working man close to the community” – Fr Josef Mifsud

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Fr Charles Gauci is known for his passion for being close to the community and works to provide them with all they need in their Catholic life.

This is what Fr Josef Mifsud, parish priest of San Ġużepp church in Birkirkara, said when asked about his experience with Fr Charles, whom the Pope appointed as Bishop of the Darwin Diocese in Australia.

Fr Josef explained how he firts met Fr Charles, as a seminarist. He was sent to make a pastoral experience with him. Alongside Fr Joseph were Fr Glenn Buhagiar, Fr Ronnie Zammit, Fr Anton D’Amato and Fr Leonard Mintoff.

Together they spent 6-months in this pastoral experience. He said that Fr Charles not only managed two parishes, but also worked in schools, with youths and with the community.

He explained that Fr Charles took the initiative to celebratee mass at youth-friendly times, while he held a special bond with the M.U.S.E.U.M society.

Fr Charles moved to Australia with his family when he was 13 years-old. However, Fr Joseph said Fr Charles was still brought up to love the Maltese culture and he could hence understand him and the other Maltese seminarists who went to his parish to gain experience.