Canon Dun Guzepp Bonanno (1882 – 1942):
The tenth Archpriest
Guzepp Bonanno was born in Senglea on
the 18th June 1882.
In 1904 while he was still a sub deacon he was appointed Canon of the
Collegiate of Senglea. He was ordained as a priest by Bishop Gaffiero on
the 23rd December 1905.
On the 21st June 1927
he became the tenth Arch priest of our parish. His first years as
archpriest were marked by the litigations with the local Curia and the
Holy See re the precedence problem.
In 1930 Arch priest Bonanno commissioned the artist from
Birkirkara Guzeppi Briffa to paint the ceiling of the choir with painting
showing the victory obtained by the Maltese and the Knights of the Order of
St John over the Turks in 1565.
Briffa was also commissioned to paint and decorate the inside of the cupola
where he painted the figures of St Anne with Baby Jesus and seven women of the
Old Testament. These pieces of art were completed in 1937 but unfortunately did
not last that long.
Canon Dun Guzepp Bonanno was coming
to the end of his time as Arch priest when on the 3rd September 1939 Britain and
declared war against
Germany. It was the
beginning of a very difficult period for our islands and Senglea in particular.
30th December 1939, Arch Bishop Caruana nominated
Can Guzeppi Bonanno as Monsignor of the Cathedral. Mons Bonanno died at Mdina on
the 5th January 1942
and was buried in the crypt of the Cathedral.