Parish Priests

List of the Parish Priests serving the Greek-Catholic Church

of Our Lady of Damascus (Valletta, Malta)

1

Papàs Costantino Sguro

First Parish Priest: 1579 – 1608

2

Papàs Giorgio Calichia

Appointed: 18th March 1608
 

Died:           date unknown

3

Papàs Giovanni Metaxi

Appointed:    4th May 1617
 

Died:           11th November 1636

4

Papàs Emanuele Paleologo 

(Maltese)

Appointed:  28th April 1637

 

Died:           10th April 1668

5

Papàs Anastasio Mandila

(Maltese)

Appointed: 17th August 1668
 

Died:          1691 (in Rome)

1691 – 1693: The Latin rite priest Don Antonio Dalli was in charge of the Church. 

6

Papàs Michele Pardonà

(Cretan)

Appointed:    8th August 1693
 

Died:           23rd April 1705

7

Papàs Neofito Lombardara

(from Paros)

Appointed:  11th January 1706
 

Renounced his post: 1713

8

Papàs Silvestro Bruno

(Maltese)

Appointed:  30th April 1714

 

Renouned his post, then reinstalled

 

Died:           31st January 1757

9

Papàs Francesco Rizzardopoli

(Maltese)

Appointed:  17th May 1757

 

Died:           19th August 1788

10

Papàs Giuseppe Cuccia

(Mezzojuso – Sicily)

Appointed:    9th June 1789

 

Renounced his post: 11th October 1796

 

Reinstalled: 25th March 1820

 

Died:            14th April 1821

11

Papàs Onorio Prifti (or Parrino)

(Palazzo Adriano – Sicily)

Appointed:   23rd March 1797

 

Died:            July 1820

12

Papàs Giorgio Gaetano Barcia

(Palazzo Adriano – Sicily)

Appointed:  1st January 1822

 

Died:           25th May 1839

1839 – 1843: The Latin rite priest Don Giuseppe Sammut was in charge of the Church.

13

Papàs Nicola Bidera

(Palazzo Adriano – Sicily)

Appointed:  1843Died:           1882

14

Papàs Giuseppe Schirò

(Contessa Entellina – Sicily)

Appointed:  24th July 1882

 

In 1889, he was appointed bishop of Gadara.

 

Died:           1st August 1927

15

Papàs Nicola Basta

(Palazzo Adriano – Sicily)

Appointed:  1889

 

Died:           1901

16

Papàs Francesco Parrino

(Palazzo Adriano – Sicily)

Appointed:  20th January 1902

 

Died:           3rd December 1918

17

Papàs Francesco Chetta- Schirò

(Contessa Entellina – Sicily)

Appointed:  5th April 1919

 

Died:           4th March 1933

18

Papàs Giorgio Schirò

(Piana degli Albanesi – Sicily)

Installed:     27th Augist 1933

 

Retired:       1958

 

Died:           16th January 1992

19

Papàs Vito Borgia

(Piana degli Albanesi – Sicily)

Appointed:  30th May 1959

 

Retired:       November 2009

20

Papàs George Mifsud Montanaro

(Maltese)

Appointed:  30th November 2009

 

Source: Chetta-Schirò, Papàs Francesco, Memorie su le Chiese e il Rito Greco in Malta, 2a ed. Valletta, Tipografia del «Malta », 1930. The details about the last three parish priests were provided by Papàs George Mifsud Montanaro.

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