Mallia, Patrick (19.12.1932-)

Head of a Vatican congregation

Born in Senglea, Joseph Mallia studied at the Seminary. In 1950 he joined the AugustinianOrder and was given the name of Patrick. He was ordained priest in 1957 and in the same year he entered the Lateran University. In 1961 he obtained his doctorate in canon and civil law (JUD) with his thesis 'Organizatio Ecciesiae Angliae' and in 1961 e was appointed professor of canon law at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome. In 1963 he obtained a UD diploma. In 1964 he was appointed lector in canon law of the Augustinian Order.

Since 1966 Mallia has served in various commissions and offices of the Augustinian Order and of the Catholic Church at the Holy See. In 1966 he was appointed consulter of the International Commission to revise the Augustinian Order Constitution after the Second Vatican Council. In 1969 he was appointed director of the Augustinian Third Order at St Monica, ome, and representative of the Augustinian professors at the first International Congress of the Sacred Congregation of Studies. In 1971 he was appointed member of the in Commission to revise the Augustian ritual. In 1972, 1983, and 1995 Mallia was under-secretary general of the Order (for a three-year period each time). In 1995 he was appointed definitor for the Augustinian general chapter.

At the Holy See, Mallia has served commissions and offices. in 197 appointed member of the internationalCommission of the Sacred Congregation of Studies for the reforms of studies at Catholic seminaries. In 1971 he was appointed Official of the Sacred Congregation of the Religious Orders and re-appointed in 1980. In March 199S, John Paul 11 appointed him capo ufficio of the Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutions.

Source: Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century (1997), editors Michael J. Schiavone and Louis J. Scerri

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