Tonight, in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Mdina, Mgr. Joseph Galea-Curmi will be ordained as new Auxiliary Bishop of Malta. The Mass for the Episcopal Ordination will start at 7pm, and will be celebrated by Archbishop Charles Scicluna. The Bishop-Elect invites everyone to attend for his episcopal ordination.
“Cherish life with love”
During the Bishop-Elect’s last prayer vigil held in Birkirkara, the town where he was born and bred, he said that he was only a 1-year old when the first brick of the church where the prayer vigil was held was placed. He went on to say that thanks to the community he found in St. Joseph the Worker’s parish church, he carried out the valuable lessons passed down by his family; Christian values he wished everyone to carry with them.
He also thanked the parishioners for gifting him the pastoral staff. The Bishop-Elect Galea-Curmi then invited everyone to practice throughout their lives the motto he has adopted for his ordination; cherish life with love.
During the vigil, the Bishop-Elect proclaimed his faith, and the ring, the mitre and the pastoral staff were blessed to be conferred onto him tonight, during the ordination.
Tonight’s Ordination Program
6.40pm The Archbishop and the other Bishops, along with the Bishop-Elect, make their way from the Archbishop’s Palace in Mdina where they will be greeted by members of the Metropolitan Chapter. The Archbishop and the Bishop-Elect will walk to the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament for a short period of prayer.
7.00pm The Ordination Mass will be presided over by Archbishop Scicluna. The co-ordaining Bishops are Mgr Paul Cremona O.P. Archbishop Emeritus of Malta and Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo. The Mass will be streamed LIVE on Newsbook.com.mt and on RTK 103FM.
The official appointment was announced on June 23rd, in a press conference led by the Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Alessandro d’Errico in the Archbishop’s Palace in Mdina. That day, Mgr. Galea-Curmi told Newsbook.com.mt that his work as Auxiliary Bishop will consist of helping Archbishop Scicluna in his work. He said that the pastoral work will be focused on meeting with different communities in Malta.
Newsbook.com.mt reached out to one of the Bishop-Elect’s nephews. Ġanni described him as a kind man with a sense of humor. He also mentioned how once a week, Galea-Curmi’s nephews and nieces visit and cook together at his place.