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Obituary of Francis George Adeodatus Micallef
January 3, 2018, 4:14 pm
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Francis George Adeodatus Micallef, the former Apostolic Vicar of Kuwait, who retired to his native country Malta, passed away on 3 January, 2018. Francis Adeodatus Micallef was born to parents George and Marianna at Birkirkara, Malta on 17 December, 1928. He was ordained as a priest on 9 May, 1954 and after attaining his Master's in Theology, he returned to Malta where he taught moral theology.

Once in Malta, he served as the Superior of the Monastery, Master of Novices, and finally as the Provincial Superior of Maltese Discalced Carmelite Province. From 1979 to 1981, he was rector of the Carmelite International College in Rome. He was consecrated as Bishop by Pope John Paul II on 6 January, 1982 at the Vatican.

In the wake of Msgr. Victor San Miguel’s retirement, Bishop Francis George Micallef was appointed as third Apostolic Vicar of Kuwait and took charge on 15 January, 1982. For the next 27 years, Bishop Micallef administered to the needs of his flock in acquiescing with the example of the Good Shepherd. He was highly regarded by his parishioners and was seen as a man of simplicity who rejoiced in providing humble service.

His most noteworthy endeavor was his choice to remain in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion to offer guidance and consolation to the people, an act which earned him great respect from the rulers and locals.

Bishop Francis entered retirement on 14 July, 2005 and moved to his native Malta, where he passed away. Ordinary people whose lives were touched by the bishop joined parishioners in praying for the soul of Bishop Micallef.

 

 

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