Fr Martin Micallef

Onorifiċenza Mertu Siġġiewi for Mgr Lawrence Gatt, ex-Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

Id-Dar tal-Providenza wishes to express its satisfaction as well as its appreciation that Mgr Lawrence Gatt, ex-Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, was presented with the Onorifiċenza Mertu Siġġiewi by the Siġġiewi Local Council. Mgr Gatt just turned 80 and was Director of the Home for a full 22 years between 1978 and 2009. Currently he is the Chancellor of the Maltese Curia.

The presentation ceremony took place on Sunday 5th March 2017 at Id-Dar tal-Providenza under the Distinguished Patronage of Dr Louis Galea following a thanksgiving Mass at the Home’s Chapel and was held on the occasion of Jum is-Siġġiewi.

Whilst Mgr Gatt was Director of the Home, Villa Papa Luciani was inaugurated, Dar Żerniq opened its doors in the community of Siġġiewi and Villa Monsinjur Gonzi was rebuilt from scratch. Other refurbishing works were undertaken on existing facilities and structures.

Also under his watch, apart from improved support for the residents and respite services, the residents with intellectual disabilities started getting support to grow in their faith through symbolic catechesis with the support of the Glasgow based Agency SPRED (SPecial REligious Development).

Together with Mgr Lawrence Gatt Prof Albert Fenech, Sr Adele Baldacchino, Mr Joe Aquilina and Mro Euchar Gravina were also apresented the Onorifiċenza Mertu Siġġiewi.