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The Servant of God, Joseph De Piro

Founder of the Missionary Society of Saint Paul (1877-1933)

- His Life in Chronological Order -


1877    He was born in Mdina on the 2nd of November 1877 to the Noble Alessandro dei Marchesi De Piro and Ursola nee' Agius, the seventh of nine children. He received primary and secondary education, showing also considerable talent for painting. Entered the Royal University of Malta as a student in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for three years.


1897    Between 1897 and 1898 he started reading law. While at the University he also served in the Royal Malta Militia.


1898    At 21 he felt the call to the priesthood and on May 8, 1898 while praying to our Lady of Pompei, decided that he should follow this vocation. He enrolled as a student at the Capranica College, beginning his studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome.


1902    On the 15th of March 1902 he was ordained priest at St. John Lateran. Between 1902-1904 he spent a period of convalescence from TB at Davos in Switzerland.


1904    Returned to Malta and spent 3 years of pastoral work in the parish of Qrendi.


1907    Appointed Director of Fra Diego's Orphanage for Girls.


1910    Started the Missionary Society of Saint Paul by accepting the first two of its members.


1911    Nominated canon of the Cathedral of Malta.


1915    The new Archbishop of Malta, Mgr. M. Caruana, appoints him as his secretary.


1918    Between 1918-1920 he served as Rector of the Major Seminary of Malta in Mdina.


1919    He was one of the Maltese leaders during the Sette Giugno disturbances.


1920    Nominated dean of the Cathedral Chapter.


1921    Malta was given a new Constitution that the National Assembly - of which Fr. Joseph De Piro was a hard working member - had striven for.


1922    Served as a substitute parish-priest for some months in Gudja.


He was made director of the following orphanages:

1922    St. Joseph's Home, Hamrun.

1922    Jesus of Nazareth Institute, Zejtun.

1925    St. Joseph's Home, Ghajnsielem, Gozo.

1925    The home for Little Children, St. Venera.

1927    St. Francis de Paule Institute, B'Kara.


1930    Served as intermediary between the Church and Lord Strickland.


1932    Between 1932-1933 he served as a Senator in the third Maltese Parliament.


1933    On the 17th of September 1933, Fr. De Piro, aged 56, died after collapsing during a liturgical service at St. Cajetan's Parish Church, Hamrun.


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