“The Consistory which was held in the hall on the 2nd floor of the Apostolic Palace was a great moment for us who had the opportunity to be amongst the few to be present. It was a celebration held in a profound spirit of prayer,” said Fr Gatt.
Fr Leslie Gatt told maltastar.com: "Along with the recent experience of the Ordination of the new Archbishop for Malta, the moment opens for us Maltese Christians another moment in which we can really feel the Grace of the Lord who is guiding His Church."
Present at the Consistory to witness the historic event were Archbishop Emeritus Mons Guzeppi Mercieca, Gozo Bishop Mons Mario Grech, the Postulator of the cause for Canonisation Mons Charles Scicluna and the Ecclesiastical Assistant of the MUSEUM Mons Lawrence Gatt as well as the Superior of the MUSEUM Victor Delicata.
On 9 January the Vatican had confirmed that the healing of Maltese newborn was miracle with the intercession of Blessed Gorg Preca, thus paving the way for Dun Gorg to become a Saint.
Newborn with critical kidney difficulties
The miracle confirmed by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints on Tuesday goes back to July 2001, two months after Pope John Paul II was in Malta for the beatification of Rev Preca.
A newborn developed critical liver difficulties and was rushed to St Luke’s Hospital. Eventually the infant’s condition worsened and was taken to King’s College Hospital in London. Here it was confirmed that the only hope of survival was a kidney transplant. But a few days before the planned surgery, the hospital found that the organ available would be rejected by the child’s body.
At this point, the child’s family prayed for the miraculous intercession of Rev Preca. They even placed a glove that was used during the priest’s exhumation, on the child. A few days later, the baby started to show signs of recovery, and on 24 July 2001, the doctors at the English hospital confirmed that the planned surgery was no longer required – the baby has recovered full health, and is now five years old.
Gorg was a "courageous youth"
Born in Valletta on 12 February 1880, Gorg was the seventh child in a middle-class family of nine. His father, Vincent Preca, was first a merchant and then a sanitary inspector. His mother, Nathalie Ceravolo, was a teacher.
Gorg's boyhood was nothing spectacular, but he did not lack that adventuresomeness and courage which form the backbone of any leader. Feeling that he was called to be a priest, he moved from the Lyceum to the Seminary where as a young student he distinguished himself in his studies, especially in Latin.
Moreover, at a time when the laity had not yet been officially recognised as important in the mission of spreading the Gospel, Blessed George Preca entrusted his followers with the responsibility of teaching catechism.
His little group of men and women grew up to be the Society of Christian Doctrine (known locally as M.U.S.E.U.M.), and today it consists of about 110 Centres and 1100 members. They teach about 20,000 boys and girls in the Maltese islands, in Australia, Peru, the Sudan, United Kingdom, Kenya and Albania.