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Wednesday, 08 May 2024 07:47

Memorial of George Preca, Priest

May 9, 2024 | Optional Memorial (Obligatory Memorial in the province of Malta)

A diocesan priest, George Preca dedicated his life to preaching and catechesis. In 1907 he founded the Society of Christian Doctrine or MUSEUM (Magister utinam sequatur Evangelium universus mundus).

His prolific apostolate was the fruit of a life of prayer and constant meditation on the Word of God. His spirituality was based on humility and meekness. He became a Lay Carmelite in 1918, and in recognition of his work in spreading devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, was affiliated to the Order in 1952 by the prior general at the time, Killian Lynch.

The canonical processes for his beatification were initiated in March 1975. St. John Paul II declared him “blessed” on May 9, 2001 and he was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on June 3, 2007.

The second reading for the Liturgy of the Hours is taken from the saint’s writings. He proclaims the virtues of God in contemplating the beauty of creation and His actions, full of mercy and love, towards those who seek and recognize Him in order to confess without restraint.

(from Emanuele Boaga, O. Carm., Celebrating the Saints of Carmel. (Rome: Edizioni Carmelitane, 2010).

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