Sammut, Vincenzo (14.2.1857-20.1919)


Born at Lija, Sammut was, at the age of nine, the first pupil to be enrolled as a boarder in the newly-opened Seminary in Gozo. He joined the Society of Jesus in 1871 and, after studies in Malta, France, Rome, Spain, and Wales was ordained priest in 1886.

Being highly versatile, he taught theology, philosophy, and as manv as six languages, including Hebrew and- Turkish. He was appointed rector of the College of St Pulcheria in Constantinople (1989-94), the Collegio Pennisi, Acireale (1899-19O4), and St Aloysius' College 1917).

Sammut was much sought after as a spiritual director and preacher. He delivered an oration at Mosta Church during the opening of the Eucharistic Congress in 1913; although it was the last of a long series of talks, it was lively enough to capture the attention of the internationalal audience.

At the request of the Bishop of Gozo, Mgr. G.M. Camilleri, he was appointed rector of the Gozo Seminary in 1918. However, his health failed him and he died in harness within three months of taking office

Source: Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century (1997), editors Michael J. Schiavone and Louis J. Scerri

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