Bishop Francis Micallef the erstwhile Bishop of Kuwait passes away
The death has been announced of Mons. Bishop Adeodatus Micallef, a Carmelite priest who was the Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait for 23 years. Mons Micallef died this morning at the age of 89.
In a statement issued by the St Theresa Convent in Cospicua , it was stated that Mons. Micallef was born in Birkirkara and in 1947, at the age of 19, he joined the Carmelite Order.
At the end of his studies in Rome he returned to Malta and taught moral theology, also serving as Superior at the Monastery and Superior Provincial of the Maltese Provinceof the Carmelite Friars and Rector of the International College of Camelites in Rome.
On 5 November 1981, Pope John Paul II appointed him as the third Apostolic Vicar of Kuwait.
Bishop Micallef remained in Kuwait even when war broke out in 1990, when Iraq invaded the country. When the conflict ended, the American troops as well as Kuwaiti officials praised him for his courage.
As Bishop, he managed to organise the Church in Kuwait and also worked hard to renew and organise the Church’s educational system. He retired from Kuwait on 14 July 2005 and came back to live in Malta.
Monsignor Micallef was described as a simple man, always ready to help out even in the most humble of duties required at the convent. His motto was Magnus Deus Noster, Our Lord is Great. The funeral will take place on Saturday 5 January at the St John Co-Cathedral in Valletta.