Fr. Carmelo Zammit

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Fr. Carmelo Zammit was a Salesian priest who held various positions within the order's pastoral centres in Malta and abroad.

Carmelo Zammit was born in Birkirkara on 28 April 1931. From a very young age, Carmelo showed signs of a Salesian vocation. At the age of 15 he started academic studies at St. Aloysius College in Birkirkara. During this time, he showed great love for football and was a keen football player displaying great promise. As a schoolboy he had already played for Ħamrun Minors and would later play for is-Siġġiewi, Birkirkara and the Salesian Oratory Youths in Gozo, where in 1952 he joined the Salesians as an Aspirant at the Don Bosco Oratory in Victoria.

He was ordained priest on 19 March 1964. Following his ordination, Don Carmelo was to spend nearly 30 years in Sicily. Among the Pastoral Activities he was engaged in, was Oratory work at San Agostino in Caltagirone (1964 – 1966); Don Rua in Barcellona (1966 –1970); Riesi (1966 –1974); and at San Gregorio in Catania(1974 – 1978). From 1978 to 1981, Don Carmelo was asked to go to San Giuseppe – in Pedara where he was assigned to teach English to the aspirants.

In 1981 Don Carmelo returned to Malta as Bursar at Savio College, Dingli. In the years that followed he served as Rector at St. Patrick’s Salesian School in Sliema and was for some years responsible for the Junior section of the Salesian Oratory in Sliema.

Besides his priestly office, Fr. Carmelo also left a mark with his unusual talent of drawing ‘cartoons’ of countless ‘historic’ football goals both from the international scene and also goals from the local Premier Division.

He died on 16 January 2004 at the age of 73