The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Joseph Galea-Curmi as Auxiliary Bishop of Malta nominating him Titular Bishop of Cebarades. Presently, Monsignor Galea-Curmi is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Malta.
As Auxiliary Bishop, His Lordship Monsignor Galea-Curmi, 54, will be the closest collaborator and advisor of His Grace Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna with leadership responsibilities in the Curia and in diocesan pastoral ministry.
On his episcopal ordination, Monsignor Galea-Curmi will become a member of the Maltese Episcopal Conference alongside the Archbishop and the Bishop of Gozo, Monsignor Mario Grech.
The announcement of the nomination
Monsignor Joseph Galea-Curmi, was born of the late Paul and Josette née Mifsud Bonnici, in Birkirkara, on 1 January 1964, and is the third of six children. Mgr Galea-Curmi was educated at Stella Maris School, Balzan, at the Secondary School of St Paul’s Missionary College, Rabat, and at St Aloysius College (Sixth Form), Birkirkara. He entered the Archbishop’s Seminary in 1982. After completing his studies and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Faculty of Theology, he was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood by the Archbishop of Malta, Monsignor Joseph Mercieca, on 5 July 1991. Monsignor Galea-Curmi was sent to further his studies at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and obtained a doctorate in Pastoral Theology in 1998. His doctoral thesis was entitled “The Diocesan Synod as a Pastoral Event. A Study of the Post-Conciliar Understanding of the Diocesan Synod”.
After his studies in Rome, Monsignor Galea-Curmi was appointed assistant to the Pastoral Secretary of the Archdiocese of Malta and lecturer in Pastoral Theology at the University of Malta, where he lectures till today. He was also the coordinator of the Archdiocesan Synod held between 1999 and 2003. In 2005 he was appointed board member of the Diocesan Institute for Pastoral Formation, and ecclesiastical assistant of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation (Malta) since 2008, till today.
In 2015, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna appointed Monsignor Galea-Curmi Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Malta and Canon of the Cathedral Chapter.
He carries out pastoral ministry at the Parish of the Annunciation in Balzan.2