Gozo’s 9th Bishop to be consecrated on 13 September

Dun Anton Teuma
Ritratti: Djoċesi ta’ Għawdex/Joe Grech

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The episcopal consecration of Mgr Anton Teuma as Bishop of Gozo will be taking place on the evening of Sunday, 13 September, the Diocese of Gozo has announced.

Teuma, who has been chosen to serve as the ninth Bishop of Gozo, will make his solemn ingress into Cathedral of the Assumption in Gozo at 5:30pm.

The ceremony will be led by his predecessor, Mgr Mario Grech, who served as Gozo’s Bishop from 2006 to 2019, when he was named to a senior position in the Roman Curia. Grech, who was named as a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity earlier this month, has continued serving as Apostolic Administrator of Gozo in preparation for Teuma’s consecration.

In preparation for the solemn event, a prayer vigil will be held at the parvis of the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary on Friday, 11 September, starting at 8pm, which will be followed by a night of Eucharistic adoration in the Basilica.

The following day, the Diocese will be expressing its gratitude to Mgr Grech for his service in a thanksgiving mass at the Cathedral, which will begin at 6pm.

Mgr Teuma’s episcopal motto: ‘And he walked along with them’

The Gozo Diocese also announced that Mgr Teuma’s episcopal motto is derived from the Gospel of Luke, 24:15, “and he walked along with them.” The motto will be included in the new Bishop’s coat of arms.

The passage is derived from the appearance of a resurrected Jesus Christ on the road to Emmaus, when he approached two disciples and accompanied them on their journey, whilst explaining to them what had been said in the Scriptures concerning him.

The motto complements the one selected by Mgr Grech – “during the breaking of bread” – which is derived from the same episode in the gospel.

“Jesus Christ is the same God made flesh who takes up the human form to become one of us. He walks like a pilgrim among people even on the road to Emmaus, on the opposite direction to Jerusalem,” Mgr Teuma observed.

“In his pilgrimage, he enlightens people on the Scriptures that become a guiding light, whilst bringing them to the Eucharist, which the community of believers – the Church – lives in the celebration of the liturgy and which translates into the concrete experience of a life lived for others. Therefore, Jesus’ meeting with people is capable of changing their direction and return them back to Jerusalem,” he said.