Bishop of Gozo

A Cathedral church is one that is presided over by a bishop and in which the bishop has his cathedra or throne. The faithful of the diocese regard the church as the Mother of all churches in the diocese.

His Lordship Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo, was born at Qala, Gozo, the son of George and Maria Stella Attard, 20 February 1957; began residing at Ta’ Kercem, 1962; studied at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Gozo, 1977-84; ordained priest at the Gozo Cathedral by Bishop Nikol Cauchi, 26 May 1984; proceeded to Rome, where he got a licentiate utroque iure, in Canon and Civil Law, from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, and a doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of St Thomas, the Angelicum, with a thesis on The harmonization of the religious and civil dimensions of Canonical marriages in Malta; carried out pastoral work in the parish of the Assumption of Mary, Rome, 1984-88; back to Gozo was appointed lecturer in Canon Law at the Seminary, 1988; Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Gozo and Judge on the Metropolitan Tribunal; member of the College of Consulters and of the diocesan Commissions of Theology, of the Family, and of Social Communications; carried pastoral work at the Cathedral, Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, Ta’ Kercem, and San Lawrenz; appointed parish priest of Ta’ Kercem, 13 November 2004; appointed the eighth bishop of Gozo, 26 November 2005; consecrated Bishop of Gozo and Solemn Entry into the Gozo Cathedral, 22 January 2006.