Father Pius from the outside
I was born one morning on the 26th September 1948 in a family of four in B’kara, Malta. I am the second eldest. Two boys and two girls. My father worked in the Drydocks, Public Lotto and was for many years a director of a classical music orchestra, my mother is a housewife.
I did my elementary and high school education in Malta, Government School in B’kara and Lyceum Hamrun respectively. Between 1965 and 1967, as part of my priestly formation, I followed a course in philosophy in the Carmelite College at Boars Hill, Oxford, England obtaining the diploma in Philosophy. Between 1967 and 1972, I specialized in theological studies at the Pontifical Faculty ‘Teresianum’ in Rome, Italy obtaining the Licentiate in Sacred Theology. Then followed a one year course in religious education as part of my post-graduate studies at the Lumen Vitae Institute in Bruxelles, Belgium.
I joined the Discalced Carmelite Order in 1964, when I was sixteen years old, and was ordained a priest in 1973. Now have been a Carmelite for 50 years.
In December 1973, I started my Neocatechumenal Way in the parish ‘Immaculate Conception’ Hamrun, Malta.
I have catechized in Malta, Ireland, Italy and in the Pacific.
In Malta I exercised my ministry in various areas, specializing mainly in religious education for adults, retreats and spiritual direction.
Between 1976 and 1983 was employed as a teacher in the State High Schools.
Between 1984 and 1994 I was appointed provincial superior of the Carmelite Order in Malta and had extensive contacts with missionary work in many countries.
Since 1994 I have been working in different areas within the Catholic Church in Canada.
I am now living in our Carmelite parish in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
Father Pius on the inside
As one philosopher wisely put it, ‘man is a bundle of contradictions’. Cannot help but agreeing with him. Deeply sinful yet God has showered love and love and more love on me. Amazing, amazing grace indeed… “He must increase and I must decrease.”
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