Malta celebrates feast of San Ġorġ Preca, a day chosen by the Pope 15 years ago
Malta today celebrated the feast of San Ġorġ Preca, the priest who in 1907 established the M.U.S.E.U.M. society. The day commemorating the saint was established 15 years ago by Pope John Paul II at the Floriana Granaries.
The occasion on the 9th of May 2001 occurred during the second visit to Malta of Pope John Paul II, the last stop by the Pointiff during a voyage on the steps of St Paul that took him to Syria, Greece and Malta. It was a particular occasion for the Maltese as during that day the Pope beatified three Maltese: Dun Ġorġ Preca, Adeodata Pisani and Nazju Falzon. Dun Gorg was declared a saint in 2007.
“Their feast can be celebrated every year in places and according to established law regulations of the Church: the
9 of May for Dun Ġorġ Preca; the 1st of July for Nazju Falzon and the 25th of February for Maria Adeodata Pisani,” Pope John Paul II had then said.
During the Homily, John Paul II described Dun Ġorġ: “the second father of the Maltese in faith”.
“Since his death in 1962, just before the opening of the II Vatican Council, the Blessed Ġorġ Preca was known for his holiness both in Malta and wherever the Maltese lived. Dun Ġorġ was a pioneer in catechism and worked in favour of the role of the laity in apostolic matters that the Council had to stress upon in a particular way. He became as the second father of Malta in faith. The Christian Catechism Society he established continues to spread the evangelisation in these islands and other places”, the Pope had said of Dun Ġorġ.
Apart from Malta and Gozo, the MUSEUM society is present in Australia, England, Kenya, Peru, Albania, Cuba and Poland.
While in Malta, the Pope had also visited the General building of the MUSEUM at Blata l-Bajda where he prayed before the tomb that contains remains of the Maltese saint at the chapel of the ‘Madonna tal-Midalja Mirakoluża’.