Dun Ang. Raggio (1852 – 1928):
A priest who lived a holy
Angelo was born in Senglea
on the 8th December 1852
and he always felt the call for priesthood. He lived a recluse d life at
St Philip Church in Senglea. He was ordained as a priest on the 17th June 1877 and
he celebrated his first High Mass at St Philip’s Church. When he was
thirty years old he was elected Provost of the
and he remained in this post from 1882 to 1928.
From 1917 to 1926 he was helped by Dun Guzepp Bonanno because he was
suffering from ill health. In those days St Philip’s church was attracting a lot
of people because of the saintly fame Dun Ang had and which he kept on till he
died. Dun Ang Raggio whilst he was a devoted person he was also of very good
nature, jolly and loved the company of children. As a sign of appreciation for
his exemplary lifestyle the Arch Bishop Caruana obtained from the title of
Prelate for the local church. He died on the 29th September 1928
and his funeral the people showed the love and reverence they had for Dun Ang.
During the funeral eulogy Friar Lwigi Attard, called Dun Ang ‘the prim example
among the whole clergy of
Malta’. In 1953 on the
25th anniversary from his death there were plans to transfer his remains from
to St Philip’s Church but these plans never materialised.