Fr. Donat Spiteri OFMCap., S.Th.D.,S.S.L. M.Q.R.
Rev. Fr Donat Spiteri was born in Marsa, Malta to Spiridione and Antonia
nee Cassar on 13th October 1922.
Feeling that he was called to be a frair, he joined the Franciscan Order and
was ordained on the 13th March 1948. He furthered his studies at the
Gregorian Ponifical University in Rome where he did his Licence in Theology
(Dogmatics). He also studied the Holy Scriptures at Pontificio Istituto Bibblico
in Rome where hid did his licence in the Holy Scripture. He returned to Malta
in 1954 and was given the responsability of teaching young Capuchin students.
|Between 1958 and 1967 he was parish priest of the Holy Trinity Church in Marsa.
Throughout those years he was instrumental in the construction of the parrochial
centre St. Pius X. Between 1983 and 1991, again he was asked to serve as a
parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes in San Gwann. Throughout the years he served in San Gwann,
he again felt the need to gather the lay movements under one roof. Thus, the parrochial centre San Guzepp
came to be. He found time also to restore the Sta. Margherita chapel - which now houses the Holy Sepulchre
for daily adoration.
From 1966 to 1988, he was lecturer and Professor of Biblical Studies at the Faculty of Theology at the
University of Malta where together with Prof. Karm Sant and others set up the Malta Bible Society, of which
he was President. The main achievement of this Society was the publication of the Holy Bible in Maltese.
The translation commenced in 1966 and continued till it was published in 1984. Since then, the Bible was
revised yet again, taking another five years. Hence, the second edition was published in 1996. As the
teaching and interpretation of the Bible were and still are his life's mission, he was instrumental in opening
Dar il-Bibbja in Floriana as a Bible Centre.
Fr. Donat Spiteri is also the author of a numerous amount of books of theological and biblical themes, of
which il-Ktieb tas-Salmi (Book of Psalms), Dizzjunarju Bibbliku (Bible Dictionary) - Temi Teologici (Theological
Themes), l-Evangelji ta' San Mattew u San Luqa (The Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke), il-Ktieb ta' l-Atti
ta' l-Appostli (The Book of the Acts of the Apostles) and many others are being published by the Malta Bible
Society. He also was a regular contributor in articles to the local press and various religious magazines
such as 'Dawl Frangiskan', besides lecturing and explaining the Holy Bible on the local media. He also
toured various parishes in Malta and Gozo where he gave Biblical course.
|Fr. Donat Spiteri was honoured with the 'Gieh il-Marsa' and 'Gieh San Gwann' by the respective Local Councils
in Malta as appreciation for his service to their community.
Medal for Service to the Republic was awarded by the President of Malta H.E. Dr George Abela, on behalf of
the Government and people of Malta on the 13th. December, 2010.
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