Francis George Adeodatus Micallef

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His Excellency

Francis George Adeodatus Micallef

Apostolic Vicar Emeritus of Kuwait
ChurchRoman Catholic
Appointed5 November 1981
In office1981–2005
PredecessorVictor León Esteban San Miguel y Erce
SuccessorCamillo Ballin
Other postsApostolicus Vicariatus Arabiae Septentrionalis
Ordination9 May 1954
Consecration6 January 1982
by John Paul II
Personal details
Birth nameFrancis George Micallef
Born(1928-12-17)17 December 1928
Birkirkara, Malta
Died3 January 2018(2018-01-03) (aged 89)
Birkirkara, Malta
MottoMagnus Deus Noster

Francis George Adeodatus Micallef (17 December 1928 – 3 January 2018) was a Maltese prelate who for twenty-three years served as the Apostolic Vicar of Kuwait.


Micallef was born in Birkirkara on 17 December 1928 to George and Marianna Micallef. In 1947, he joined the order of Discalced Carmelites, and in 1951, he took his final vows and was professed as a member of the order. On 9 May 1954, Micallef was ordained priest.[1]

After finishing his studies in Rome, he returned to Malta, where he taught moral theology. Once in Malta, he served as the Superior of the Monastery, Master of Novices, and finally as the Provincial Superior of Maltese Discalced Carmelite Province. From 1979-81, he was rector of the Carmelite International College in Rome.[2]

On 5 November 1981, Pope John Paul II appointed Micallef as the third Apostolic Vicar of Kuwait. He was consecrated by the Pope himself on the feast of the Epiphany 1982. On 15 January of the same year, he was officially installed as the Apostolic Vicar of Kuwait and Titular Bishop of Tinis in Proconsulari. Micallef remained in Kuwait City during the 1990 Iraqi invasion, one of the few Westerners to do so.[citation needed]

Last years and death[edit]

Bishop Micallef retired on 14 July 2005 and was succeeded by Bishop Camillo Ballin. On 20 October, Bishop Micallef bade farewell to the Vicariate at a special ceremony in the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Kuwait City.[3] Bishop Micallef died on 3 January 2018 in his native Malta.


  1. ^ "Bishop Francis George Adeodatus Micallef, O.C.D.", Catholic Hierarchy; retrieved 20 March 2014. [self-published source]
  2. ^ "H.L. Bishop Francis Adeodatus Micallef, OCD, Third Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait", The apostolic Vicarate of Northern Arabia; retrieved 20 March 2014.
  3. ^ Plunkett, John."Bishop Francis Micallef Bids farewell to Kuwait", The Malta Independent, 30 October 2005; retrieved 20 March 2014.