The Reverend Monsignor
|Archpriest of the Matrix of the Assumption|
Governor-general of Gozo
|Ordination||30 March 1771|
|Born||29 December 1746|
|Died||16 December 1805 (aged 58)|
|Buried||Cathedral of the Assumption, Gozo|
Cassar was born in Gozo on 29 December 1746. He studied in Rome, being ordained a priest on 30 March 1771. He was nominated archpriest of the Gozo Matrice in 1773, and he became Provicar of Gozo in 1775.
On 3 September 1798, Gozitans rebelled against the French occupiers, and on 18 September Cassar was appointed head of the Government and Superintendent of the Island of Gozo. The French garrisons at the Cittadella and Fort Chambray surrendered to the British on 28 and 29 October, and the British handed over the island to Cassar. He subsequently ruled Gozo as an independent state, recognizing Ferdinand III of Sicily as king. Cassar also petitioned for establishing Gozo as a separate diocese (the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gozo was eventually created in 1864).
Cassar died on 16 December 1805 at the age of 58.
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