About Fr Pius Sammut, OCD
|Father Pius from the outside
I was born one morning on the
1948 in a family of four in B'kara,
I am the second eldest. Two boys
girls. My father worked in the
Public Lotto and was for many
years a director
of a classical music orchestra,
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 34 years. In December 1973,
I started my Neocatechumenal Way in the parish
'Immaculate Conception' Hamrun, Malta. I
have catechized in Malta, Ireland, Italy,
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 at
Saint Andrew's, London Ontario, Canada.
PHOTO - Father Pius smiling in
of the Discalced Carmelite superiors
Pope John Paul II in Rome in
PHOTO - A young me meets a young
first 'close encounter' with
the Pope - such
towering figure in the history
of the Church
and of the world; imbued with
quality to forge fearlessly ahead.
time I was an itinerant presbyter
within the neo-catechumenal way.
had a special meetingwith the
and brethren of the Neo-catechumenal
and we were introduced personally
Pope. Year 1983.
|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."
Meet my Family!
My dad and mum - Anthony and
My dad was a dedicated father
and an extremely
generous and kind hearted man.
He was a great
musician. He passed away in October
while I was celebrating mass
in honor of
Our Lady. A co-incidence? My
mum is a quiet,
sweet woman full of charm and
She lives in B'kara.
We are four in the family. My
Victor is married to Doreen and
two children, Herbert and Anabel.
He is a
real gentle-man, very caring
and very compassionate.
He is the Honorary Secretary
of the German-Maltese
Circle. My sister Louise is married
and they have four children,
Paulette, Alan and Josef. She
is an extremely
giving person always ready to
help out whenever
and wherever there is a need.
sister (the one holding the baby)
She is married to Ronnie and
children, Gilbert, Jeremy and
A very positive person, she is
a real gentle
and tender woman. God has been
in giving me such a caring family.
Nieces and nephews with Dad and Mum.
My nephews and nieces with my
mum in our living room. A photo
1990. There is only one niece
missing - Therese
Anne. She was still with her
in heaven. All of them now are
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