Fr Vito Gabriele Scagliuso was the most recent Italian priest sent to Cyprus to serve at Nicosia Holy Cross Parish – a Xaverian Missionary on loan to our parish, sent personally by the Custos of the Holy Land Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa ofm. He had obtained permission from his Xaverian Institute for the Foreign Missions to work for the Franciscans of the Holy Land until 2013.
Fr Vito served in the Holy Land from November 2009, working first at the Holy Sepulchre of Jesus in Jerusalem and then for two years in Galilee (Tiberias and Nazareth). Before that he had been in Indonesia (5 years) and Sierra Leone in West Africa (20 years).
We would have liked to have him here with us for ever, we have told him, but life is in the hands of God…and Fr Vito had to return to Italy last week.
We thank him for his generocity and service with us for about a year and a half here in Cyprus and wish him farewell!
We prayed with him and for him in the Holy Eucharist, before his departure last week and had a reception afterwards to greet him in the parish at Holy Cross – see pictures below.