Bishop George Bugeja appointed as Apostolic Vicar of Triopli
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Last week, The Holy Father Pope Francis, accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Apostolic Vicariate of Tripoli in Libya, presented by Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, O.F.M.
He is succeeded by Bishop George Bugeja, O.F.M., coadjutor of the same Apostolic Vicariate.
Mgr. George Bugeja, 0.F.M., was born on the 15th July 1962, in Xaghra, Diocese of Gozo. He entered the Novitiate of the Friars Minor in October 1977, took his first vows in October 1978 and his solemn profession on the 28th of August 1983.
He was ordained priest on the 5th of July 1986. Beside his philosophical and theological studies, he holds a diploma in journalism and spirituality.
He started his priestly ministry in the Diocese of Gozo. After a few years he was superior in various Franciscan communities.
He also held posts in his Order: Provincial Secretary for Missions and Evangelization and Secretary for Formation.
He was parish priest in the parish of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Sliema (2004-2008). Subsequently he was nominated auditor of the ecclesiastical Tribunal of the Diocese of Gozo and then from 2010 until 2014 an official within the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples. From January 2015 he was superior of the Convent of St. Anthony of Padova in Ghajnsielem, Diocese of Gozo.
On the 10th of July 2015 he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Tripoli and received his Episcopal Ordination on the 4th of September 2015.
In February 2016, Pope Francis also appointed Mgr.George Bugeja, 0.F.M., Titular Bishop of St. Leone, as Apostolic Administrator of the Vicariate of Benghazi.