Special evening held to remember Bishop Sylvester Carmel Magro
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The Franciscan Fathers together with the JP2 Foundation recently organised a Musical Remembrance Evening a St. Antony of Padua Church in Ghajnsielem, commemorating Bishop Sylvester Carmel Magro, who passed away on the 20th of January this year at Mater Dei Hospital.
Bishop Magro had served as the Vicar Apostolic of Benghazi in Libya between 1997 and 2016. His family is originally from Nadur, but he was born in Rabat Malta.
During the Libyan Civil War Bishop Magro was repeatedly asked to escape from the country for his own safety; however he still stayed with the people of Libya even in the midst of difficult times.
The commemoration evening opened with a message from Father Joe Caruana the guardian, who thanked all those participating. Mr. Charlie Xuereb from Nadur, a relative of Bishop Magro, read his biography.
The 17 year old Gozitan Tenor Angelo Muscat interpreted a number of sacred, classic songs including ‘Ave Maria’ of Schubert and Caccini. ‘Ombra mai fu’ by Handel, ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ by Handel, ‘Pie Jesu’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber, ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ by Mozart and ‘Panis Angelicus’ by César Franck.
Pop Singer Deborah C also from Ghajnsielem sang ‘Silence’ by Indian descent Sava Harish Kotecha and together with tenor Angelo Muscat sang ‘Holy Mother’ by Eric Clapton and ‘The Prayer’ by David Foster.
Mro Stephan Attard accompanied both singers on the piano. He also presented an improvisation of two traditional hymns by Maltese composer Joseph Caruana. Chevalier Joe M Attard read a poem that he had written dedicated to Bishop Sylvester Magro.
Present for the commemoration were the Minister for Gozo, Dr Justyne Caruana and her husband Mr Silvio Valletta, as well as the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and former Minister for Gozo Anton Tabone, and the Vice Mayor of Ghajnsielem Mr Kevin Cauchi, relatives and friends.
This event was held in full collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo and the Ghajnsielem Local Council.
Photos by Andrius Penkauskas