Mons Salvatore Gaffiero (1828 Ė 1906):
The second Bishop from Senglea
Salvatore was born on the 8th March 1828
and on the 8th March 1840
he was appointed Canon of the Collegiate of Senglea. He was ordained as a priest
by the Arch Bishop Publius Sant on the 20th December 1851 at the Co
Cathedral of St John in Valletta.
He preached all over
Malta and delivered a
lot of panegyrics of the titular feasts in most of the parishes of
Malta. He devoted
fourteen years of his priesthood as a priest in Senglea.
For two separate
periods, from 1855-1858 and from 1862-1865, he was the Provost of the Oratorians
of the church
of St Philip.
In 1865 he was appointed Parish Priest of Gharghur in 1865 and he was
transferred to Floriana as a Parish Priest in1868. On
the 30th July 1875 Gaffiero was nominated as
Monsignor of the Maltese Cathedral and on
the 3rd August 1886 Pope Leo XIII appointed
him his Prelate for Malta.
Following a recommendation by the Arch Bishop Pietru Pace, Pope Leo XIII
appointed Mons Gaffiero as auxiliary Bishop of Malta and as titular Bishop of
Silimbija. This news made the people of Senglea very happy and proud. His
consecration as Bishop took place on the 15th January 1899 at St Johnís Co
Cathedral in Valletta.
During his eight years as Bishop he
kept continual contact with Senglea, in fact he came to Senglea on various
occasions to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation and every year he was
invited to take part during the celebrations of the feast of Marija Bambina on
the 8th September. On
the 22nd December 1901, Bishop Gaffiero
celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a priest in a ceremony at the Collegiate of
Senglea. We can say that he was a Prelate who was admired by all because of his