One of eight children born to Francis and Domitilla Bonello, Father Victor Bonello OFM. Conv., was born in Xagħra, Gozo, Malta, on November 29, 1920. Entering the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, he took his simple vows on November 9, 1941 and his solemn vows on December 25, 1944.
Ordained to the priesthood on March 22, 1947, his first appointment was that of director of the Franciscan students and master of the novices in Malta and Gozo. He also made visits to Bona, Algeria, North Africa, to preach missions to the Italian and Maltese migrants. In 1956, Father Victor accepted his superior's request and migrated to Australia on board the 'Castel Felice'. He left Malta on February 2 and arrived in Australia on March 3.
There he designed and built the first underground church in Coober Peddy, South Australia, to protect parishioners from the heat which strikes the area. He also provided pastoral care to mining communities using a 4 wheel jeep. He opened two colleges, one in Kellyville and the other in Dingley, and was the first parish priest of the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Warrawong. He was also parish priest at Dingley and Springvale.
A linguist, teacher, architect and builder, Father Victor moved to Melbourne in 1983. Spending his last years at St. Bernadette's Aged Care Facility, he passed away at Sunshine Hospital on Monday, August 6, 2012, aged 91.
Requiem Mass for Father Victor was held at St. Joseph's Church, Buckingham Ave, Springvale on Tuesday, August 14, at 11.00 am., followed by interment at Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Princes Hwy, Springvale.
Burial: Springvale Botanical Cemetery Springvale Greater Dandenong City Victoria, Australia Plot: Roman Catholic Section, Compartment N, Section D, Grave 55.
Created by: Eman Bonnici Record added: Aug 12, 2012
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