Archbishop Emanuele Gerada


Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to Ireland

Titular Archbishop of Nomentum



Date Age Event Title
18 May 1920   Born Zejtun, Malta
1 Aug 1943 23.2 Ordained Priest Priest of Malta
15 Feb 1967 46.7 Appointed Titular Bishop of Nomentum
15 Feb 1967 46.7 Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Malta
18 Jun 1967 47.1 Ordained Bishop Titular Bishop of Nomentum
6 Apr 1968 47.9 Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Malta
8 Nov 1973 53.5 Appointed Titular Archbishop of Nomentum
8 Nov 1973 53.5 Appointed Apostolic Nuncio to El Salvador
8 Nov 1973 53.5 Appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala
15 Oct 1980 60.4 Appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Pakistan
4 Feb 1989 68.7 Appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland
17 Oct 1995 75.4 Retired Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland
21 Jan 2011 90.7 died Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland

  • a priest for 67.5 years
  • a bishop for 43.6 years
Episcopal Lineage / Apostolic Succession:
  • Archbishop Emanuele Gerada (1967)
  • Archbishop Michael Gonzi + (1924)
  • Archbishop Mauro Caruana, O.S.B. + (1915)
  • Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val y Zulueta + (1900)
  • Mariano Cardinal Rampolla del Tindaro + (1882)
  • Edward Henry Cardinal Howard + (1872)
  • Carlo Cardinal Sacconi + (1851)
  • Giacomo Filippo Cardinal Fransoni + (1822)
  • Pietro Francesco Cardinal Galeffi + (1819)
  • Alessandro Cardinal Mattei + (1777)
  • Bernardino Cardinal Giraud + (1767)
  • Pope Carlo della Torre Rezzonico + (1743)
  • Pope Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini + (1724)
  • Pope Pietro Francesco (Vincenzo Maria) Orsini de Gravina, O.P. + (1675)
  • Paluzzo Cardinal Paluzzi Altieri Degli Albertoni + (1666)
  • Ulderico Cardinal Carpegna + (1630)
  • Luigi Cardinal Caetani + (1622)
  • Ludovico Cardinal Ludovisi + (1621)
  • Archbishop Galeazzo Sanvitale + (1604)
  • Girolamo Cardinal Bernerio, O.P. + (1586)
  • Giulio Antonio Cardinal Santorio + (1566)
  • Scipione Cardinal Rebiba +
  • Ordained Priest:
    • Bishop George Anthony Frendo, O.P.
  • Principal Consecrator of:
    • Bishop Mario Enrique Ríos Mont, C.M.
    • Bishop Luis María Estrada Paetau, O.P.
    • Bishop Oscar Garcia Urizar +
    • Bishop Christopher Jones
  • Principal Co-Consecrator of:
    • Bishop Anthony Theodore Lobo
    • Bishop Joseph Coutts
    • Bishop Eamonn Oliver Walsh
    • Bishop Gerard Clifford
    • Bishop James Moriarty
    • Archbishop Michael Neary
    • Bishop James McLoughlin +
    • Bishop William Lee
    • Bishop Michael Dallat +
    • Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh, O.F.M.
    • Archbishop Seán B. Brady
    • Bishop William Murphy
    • Bishop Philip Boyce, O.C.D.


Biographical Note

Archbishop Emmanuel Gerada was born on May 18, 1920, the same very day with His Holiness the late Pope John Paul II.

The fourth of six children, he was born in Zejtun and was educated at the Lyceum and the Royal University of Malta from where he graduated B.A., in 1939 and B.S.Th., in 1941. He was awarded a licentiate in theology in 1946.

Gerada was ordained priest by  Mgr. Emanuele Galea, Auxiliary Bishop of Malta on August 1, 1943 when still not even twenty four years of age.

He obtained a scholarship soon afterwards from the British Council in English Classics and pursued further studies at the Nottingham University in 1944.

He later obtained a doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1952 and undertook a course leading to the diplomatic service within Holy See at the Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica in Rome.

After one year training at the Papal Secretariat of State he was appointed attache to the Apostolic Nunciature in Egypt in 1952 and named Private Chamberlain to Pope Pius XII in 1953 with the title of Monsignor. He was transferred as Secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature in India and later appointed Secretary to the Nunciature in Dublin in 1956, where he also performed the duties of charge d' affaires due to the unexpected Apostolic Nuncio's death.

His next appointment was that of auditor to the Nunciature and charge d' affaires in Tokyo between 1960 and 1964. He was then posted to the Apostolic Delegation in Mexico.

In 1965, Mgr. Gerada was appointed counselor of the Nunciature and Domestic Prelate of His Holiness by Pope Paul VI. His next diplomatic assignment was that of charge d' affaires in Rwanda in 1966.

On June 18, 1967, Gerada was consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop to Mgr. Michael Gonzi with the Titular See of Nomentum, by Gonzi himself assisted by the Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General Mgr. Emanuele Galea and the Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, Mgr. Patrick Dunne. The ceremony was presided over by Mgr. Martin John O' Connor, being at the time Apostolic Nuncio in Malta. A year later, he was appointed coadjutor Archbishop of Malta.

In 1973, Bishop Gerada resumed his career in the Holy See's Diplomatic Service and upon his appointment as Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala and El Salvador with the personal title of Archbishop.

He became there a close friend to Archbishop Oscar Romero y Galdames of San Salvador, who was brutally assassinated as he was saying Mass on March 25, 1980.

Gerada's next postings were those of Apostolic Nuncio in Pakistan in 1980 and in Ireland from 1989 till 1995, when he resigned according to the Canon Law at the age of 75. He retired in Malta in 1995.

Archbishop Gerada had been influential in mediating in the ongoing quarrel between the Church and the Malta Labour Party in the 1960s and for the signing of an agreement which ended the conflict, on Good Friday of 1969.

Archbishop Gerada died on Monday 21st January 2010.  He is buried in the family grave at San Girgor's Cemetery in Zejtun.




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