Last week, an American Cardinal of the Catholic Church honoured us with his presence at the Seminary. On Monday, 14th January, His Eminence Cardinal William Joseph Levada paid a visit to our Seminary. He was accompanied by Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo, Mgr Ġużeppi Mercieca, Archbishop Emeritus of Malta and Mgr Charles J. Scicluna, Auxiliary Bishop of Malta. They joined the community at dinner.
Cardinal William Joseph Levada is the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. He was born in 1936, at Los Angelis, California, in The United States. He served as Auxiliary Bishop in the diocese where he was born. Then he served as Archbishop in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Archbishop of San Francisco in California and Apostolic Administrator of Santa Rosa, California. In 2005 he replaced Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the present Pope Benedict XVI, as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. He occupied this post up to July 2012.
His Eminence, Cardinal Levada was in Malta to take part in a number of meetings. During his stay in Malta, he crossed over to Gozo for a visit. He thanked us for our welcome, wished us success in our studies and gave us his blessing.