St. George Preca

Priest & Carmelite Tertiary
Feast day: 9May

 

Saint George Preca was born in Valletta, Malta, on 12th February 1880. Ordained priest in 1906, he immediately began working with young people. In 1907 he founded the Society of Christian Doctrine, commonly known as M.U.S.E.U.M. (Magister Unitam Sequatur Evangelium Universus Mundus). He dedicated his life to preaching and teaching. His effective ministry was the fruit of a life of prayer and constant meditation on the Sacred Scriptures.

On 21st July 1918, St. George was received into the Carmelite Third Order and one year later, on 26th July 1919, he made his profession. In 1952 he was 'affiliated' to the Order as a recognition of his efforts to spread devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

George Preca died on 2nd July 1961. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 9th May 2001, and canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on 3rd June 2007. His canonisation made St. George the first member of the Carmelite Third Order to be formally recognised by the Church as a saint.