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Vittoriosa (Il-Birgu)

  • Vittoriosa seems to have been the second oldest parish in Malta after the Cathedral church. From 1530 to 1571 the church served as the conventual church of the Knights of st. John, while the Annunciation church was the Parish Church. The present church was built between 1681 and 1697 by Lorenzo Gafà; it became the seat of a Collegiate chapter in 1820.

    Parish population: 2,451

    Families: 1,011

  • Church dedicated to St Lawrence, Martyr

    Dedication date: 24 October 1723

  • Archpriest

    Rev. Can. Karm Busuttil

  • Parish Office

    91, St Lawrence Street

    Vittoriosa BRG 1386

  • Office hours

    Wednesdays and Fridays

    5.00 – 7.00pm

  • Telephone

    2182 7057

  • Parish Clergy

    Rev. Can. Karm Busuttil

    Rev. Can Lawrence Bonnici

    Rev. John Avellino

  • Chapter

    Rev. Can. Laurence Bonnici

    Rev. Can. Paul Raggio

  • Honorary Canons

    Rev. Can. Joe Cilia
    Mgr Salvatore Debrincat
    Dun Marc André Camilleri

    Parish Pastoral Council

    President: Can. Karm Busuttil

    Secretary: Ms Josette Magro

    Parish Economic Council

    President: Rev. Can. Karm Busuttil – Archpriest

    ​Segretary: Mr Giovann Raggio

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and feast days: 6.00, 7.00, 8.30, 11.00 am; 6.00 pm

    Saturday evenings: 6.00 pm

    Weekdays: 8.30 am; 6.00 pm

  • Other Churches

  • Holy Cross Chapel

    The chapel was built in 1720 on the site of the old cemetery; it received considerable damage during the war and had to be rebuilt. The statues of the good Friday procession are kept in the chapel.

  • Church Of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

    The church was built by the crews of the order’s galleys. These people considered the church as their own and used it for their religious duties. The church was destroyed during the Second World War, and later it was rebuilt.

  • Holy Trinity Church

    The church was built by the noble Lucrezia Gauci Falzon in 1784; completely destroyed During the war, it was rebuilt and today it is used for meetings by religious associations.

  • Church Of St Philip

    The church was first built in the fifteenth century and rebuilt in 1561; bishop Labini consecrated the church, while bishop balaguer gave it to the Oratorians of st. Philip Neri; When the oratorians left Malta, the church was taken over by the parish. It suffered damage during the war but although the damage was repaired, it is kept closed.

  • Chapel Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus at Tal-Ħawli

    The Chapel was opened to serve as a centre of pastoral activity among the residents of the locality.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev Can Lawrence Bonnici

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and feast days:  8.00 am (summer) 10.00 (winter)

    Saturday evenings: 5.00 pm

    Weekdays: 7.30 am

  • Churches Run By The Religious

  • Monastery Of St Scholastica

    One of the Benedictine monasteries of mdina was transferred to Vittoriosa and when the Knights of St. John took their residence to Valletta, the hospital they had at Vittoriosa was given to the nuns as their monastery. In 1679 the church and part of the monastery were built again, and the church was consecrated by bishop labini on the 29 September 1788. The relics of the martyr, St. Veneranda, brough from Rome in 1728, are venerated in the church.

    Dedication date: 29 September 1787

  • Priest in charge

    Rev. Can. Paul Raggio

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays, Feast days and weekdays: 7.00 am.

  • Annunciation Church

    The Dominicans arrived in Vittoriosa in 1528 and the church of the annunciation was given to them. From 1530 to 1571 the church served as the Parish Church of Vittoriosa as the Knights of St. John had taken the Parish Church of St. Lawrence to be their conventual church. The church was rebuit in 1638 and was totally destroyed three centuries later during the last war. Rebuilt again, it was opened for worship in 1960.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev. Frank Borg O.P.

  • Telephone

    2182 5198

  • Mobile


  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and feast days: 8.00,10.00 am; 12.00

    Weekdays: 7.30, 10.00 am; 6.15 pm

  • Adoration Chapels

    Holy Cross Chapel


    Near the Parish Church

    Opening hours

    Monday – Friday: 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm