On Tuesday 19th November, Wirt iż-Żejtun organised a presentation about the historical development of the Żejtun Parish Church. This event was lead by Ms Giulia Privitelli, a graduate in History of Art, who presented her research work conducted as part of her thesis. Her thesis supervisors were Rev. Gino Gauci and Dr Conrad Thake.
The audience present followed with great interest the new historical facts which were unveiled by this young researcher. Her study brought out new names of key people who worked on the design, additions and alteration to this magnificent church following Lorenzo Gafa’s death in 1703. Among the names mentioned were Giuseppe Bonnici, Annunziato Cachia, Michele Cachia and Giacomo Bianco.
During the coming year, Wirt iż-Żejtun will be collaborating with Ms Privitelli in order to publish her research. All the income from this publication will be collected in a special fund which will be donated to the Żejtun Parish once the restoration works on this important architectural monument starts.
At the end of the event, Perit Ruben Abela, President of Wirt iż-Żejtun, presented a memento to the new archpriest of St Catherine’s Parish, Rev. Nicholas Pace.