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Latin Catholics who have contributed through their work to the society of Cyprus



  1. Bruno Cannoni: came from Italy and settled in Cyprus. He undertook the remodernization of the electrification of the streets of Limassol in 1931-1932.
  2. Tomaso Madella (1888-1952): During the First World War he was in charge of the floating post office onboard the mail ship “Kosseir”, torpedoed and sank off Port Said. Later he served as Postmaster in Larnaca.
  3. Anthony Madella: Graduate of the French University of Aix-Marseilles III with Doctorate Degree in Law specialized in Maritime Law. Received honours of “Laureate of the faculty of law of Aix-en-Provence” in Doctoral Studies. Awarded the prize of the Foundation Jules et Louis Jeanbernat. Also received Fellowship of the Council of European Legal Studies and Research and The Laureate of the Faculty of Law of Aix-en-Provence in DESS Studies. Awarded the prize of the Chamber of Commerce of Marseilles. He has been a Researcher at his University and wrote several publications.  Since 1990 he is the Head of the Legal Dept. and E.U. Affairs of the Dept. of Merchant Shipping. In 1999 he was promoted to the rank of Maritime Affairs Officer A’. He has participated as a Delegate of Cyprus in many conferences and symposia on maritime affairs and gave speeches in his filed of specialization. He teaches maritime law at one of the colleges in Limassol.
  4. Ambrose Josephin: Originally from Malta he came to Cyprus to create the first Police Band of Cyprus.
  5. Ceasar Shellish: He was Chief of the Police of the city of Nicosia for several years.
  6. Mantovani Family: Italian family that came to Cyprus in 1634. Created in 1856 a ship agency which still exists with 150 years of history. First airline agents in Cyprus. Contributed to the development of the modern ship agency concept and development of ports with other ship agents. One of the very first tour operators and IATA travel agents.  Members of the Mantovani family have been Honorary Consuls of Italy in Cyprus and of Japan receiving distinctions from the Italian and Japanese government, the Vatican and the Custodia of the Franciscan Friars of Jerusalem.
  7. Benito Mantovani has been elected four times Representative of the Latin Community in the Parliament of Cyprus and has received seven decorations from the Italian government (the highest being that of Grande Ufficiale) and of the Vatican (the highest being Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great). (Refer to the C.V. of the section of the Representatives of the Latin Community).  Members of the family have served as presidents of the Cyprus Shipping Association and member of Chamber of Commerce of their towns.
  8. Anthony Pietroni: Successful businessman and agent/importer of ICI products. He undertook the negotiations with the British Colonial government and the representatives of the Greek and Turkish community to acquire the constitutional recognition of the Latin Community and to have its Representative in parliament. He was a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulture and received distinctions from the Vatican and other governments. (Refer to the C.V. of the section of the Representatives of the Latin Community).
  9. Felix Cirilli de Nores: Successful business. He worked with the late Anthony Pietroni in the negotiations with the British Colonial government and the representatives of Greek and Turkish community to acquire the constitutional recognition of the Latin Community and to have its Representative in parliament. He received several decorations from the Vatican, the Lebanese and the British governments. (Refer to the C.V. of the section of the Representatives of the Latin Community).
  10. Alexander J. Shellish: The late A. Shellish served as Postmaster General. In 1942 he received from H.M. King George the Sixth the Dignity of the Companion of the Imperial Service Order.
  11. Distinguished Painters of the Latin Community:
    • Andreas Karayian, well-known in the Cyprus and European cultural societies as a very successful painter.
    • Armando Josehpen distinguished painter and musician who received first prize for the composition of songs in the Greek Cypriot dialect.
    • Other distinguished painters: Yiolanda Kalopsidiotou, Jose Ramiro Perales, Maria Candelaria Agathocleous, Teresa French, Ruffina Muslimova and others.
  12. Dr. Annivas Francis: The late Dr. A. Francis was well-known in all Cyprus as a successful surgeon. He was elected President of the Chamber of Commerce of Larnaca and served also for several years Mayor of Larnaca. Successful businessman.
  13. Sylvain Beraud: Professor, Researcher - Historian. He has written several scientifically historical studies and a book on “La Culture Française dans l’ espace Chypriote”. He has received the distinction of Knight Commander of St. Gregory the Great and The National Order of Merit of France. Beraud Family form France: Leading merchants of Larnaca who contributed to the development of trade with other countries.
  14. Leading Bankers:Pio Usmiani and Amedeo Santi have been members of the top management of Banks in Cyprus.
  15. Michel Houry: The late Michel Houry has been one of the leading lawyers of Cyprus specialized in company laws.
  16. Stewart McBride: Successful lawyer of Limassol specialized in Maritime law.
  17. Joseph Pascottini: Late from Trieste, Consul of Russia and leading ship agent.
  18. Brunoni Family: from Italy. Became leading merchants whose activities helped develop the international trade of Cyprus.  The Late Brunoni was a physician at Larnaca when there were no hospitals and local doctors during the Ottoman rule in Cyprus. He cured people during the cholera epidemic in the late 1800s.
  19. Lapierre Family: Created the well-known “tsifliki” farm at Kontea village, and became well-known because of a chapel built by them which is being restored in 2007-2008. They came from France and became well-known merchants.
  20. Riccardo Mattei: Well-known merchant of Cyprus who contributed to the development and expansion of trade of Cyprus.
  21. Family Bourgi - Larnaca: Joseph Bourgi was of the leading businessmen of Larnaca, contributing to the development of commerce and trading of Cyprus. His wife, the late Elengo Bourgi, highly educated was one of the founders of “Children’s Vacation”, of the Association of Greek Ladies of Larnaca and contributed through her work to cultural life of Cyprus.

 

 

Schools and Organizations who have Contributed to the Society of Cyprus


  1. Terra Santa College in Nicosia. Created in 1646. It is the oldest school of Cyprus still offering education to the youth of Cyprus irrespective of their religion and nationality. It is co-educational. It prepares students for universities.
  2. Saint Mary’s School in Limassol. Created in 1923 and has a high reputation in preparing students for universities and for secretarial jobs. It became co-educational.
  3. Saint Anthony’s Benevolent Society in Nicosia. The oldest benevolent society of Cyprus has offered financial assistance to needy people of all religions for decades.
  4. Saint Catherine’s Benevolent Society in Limassol. Has been assisting needy people of all religious for decades.
  5. The Social Centre of Saint Joseph the Itinerant in Nicosia. A centre to offer a place of relaxation, offering lessons in computers and other assistance to foreign workers. Recognized by the government of Cyprus for its contribution to the welfare of foreign workers, receiving yearly financial subsidies.
  6. Saint Francis Shelter in Limassol. Centre to offer a place of relaxation and meetings for foreign workers. Organizes every year championships of basketball and volleyball amongst foreign workers. Recognized by the government of Cyprus for its contribution to the welfare of foreign workers, receiving yearly subsidies.
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