With deep sadness we have to inform our faithful of the death of our beloved Bishop Francis Micallef (Emeritus of Kuwait) at 8.30 today morning in Malta. May his soul rest in peace. The last rites will be on Saturday at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta at 9:30 AM.
We give thanks to God for the gift of Bishop Francis to the Church in Kuwait for many long years. Bishop Francis was ordained Bishop on January 6, 1982. He came to Kuwait a few days later on January 13 and took charge of the Vicariate of Kuwait on January 15. He retired as Apostolic Vicar of Kuwait on July 14, 2005. Bishop Francis celebrated his 89th birthday on December 17, 2017.
We pray that our beloved Bishop Francis will now enjoy his heavenly reward in the company of Our Blessed Mother and all the Angels and Saints.
May God grant his family and all who mourn his death, strength and consolation in their grief and loss.
Name : Francis George Adeodatus Micallef
Title : Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Kuwait
Titular See : Titular Bishop of Tinisia
Date Of Birth : December 17, 1928
Nationality : Maltese
Ordained Priest : May 9, 1954
Ordained Bishop : January 6, 1982
Retired : July 14, 2005
Died : January 3, 2018
MOTTO: "MAGNUS DEUS NOSTER"
Bishop Francis Micallef was born on December 17, 1928, at Birkirkara, Malta and was christened Francis George. His parents were George and Marianna.
His home was not far from the Discalced Carmelite monastery which instilled in him the seed of vocation and resulted in his entry into the Discalced Carmelite Order as a novice on August 15, 1947.
He made his first religious profession in the same Order, onAugust 22, 1948. He dedicated his life to the Order by ending final vows (profession) on October 15, 1951.
Bishop Francis had his studies in Malta as well as in Rome, Italy. Ordained as Priest on May 9, 1954 and having finished his Master's (Licenciate) in Theology, he returned to Malta where he taught moral theology.
Having returned to Malta he served as the Conventual, Prior (Superior) of the Monastery, Master of Novices and finally as the Provincial Superior of Maltese Discalced Carmelite Province.
The Discalced Carmelite Order recognized his service and at the General chapter held in Rome in the year 1973, he was elected one of the Four Defenitors General.
Later he was Rector at the Carmelite International College (TERESIANUM) in Rome from 1979-81. Being given the responsibility to look after the Carmelite missions world over, he had the opportunity to get acquainted with missions all over the world including Kuwait.
Little did he realize then, that a few years later he would have to shepherd the flock here.
As Msgr. Victor San Miguel was retiring due to his age, Bishop Francis George Micallef was appointed as third Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait on November 11, 1981, the office and responsibility which he reluctantly accepted.
He was ordained Bishop by Pope John Paul II on January 6, 1982 at the Vatican.
He came to Kuwait on January 13, 1982 and took possession (charge) of the Vicariate of Kuwait on January 15, 1982
Bishop Francis retired on July 14, 2005. He was succeeded by Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCJ.
As evident, Bishop Francis was a man of simplicity and rejoiced in humble service of the least of his brethren. His motto as Bishop was "To see the bright side of people and things". It was in this very manner that he administered to the needs of his flock after the example of the Good Shepherd. "There is no greater love, than to lay down one's life for his friends". Text source: avona.org