Joseph De Piro |
Founder of the Missionary Society of Saint Paul
Joseph De Piro was born in Malta on November
2, 1877 into a wealthy and influential family.
As a young man he thought about becoming a lawyer but then felt
that God was calling him to the priesthood. In 1903, after the
completion of his studies, he was ordained in Rome.
He was involved in different ministries
within the Church, but his main concerns were the missions and
work amongst the poor. As a young priest, he began to work towards
bringing to fruition his long cherished dream of establishing
a Society of priests and brothers committed to the spreading of
the Good News. June 30 1910 was the foundation day
of the Missionary Society of St. Paul. To its first members he
passed on his missionary zeal and his love for those in need.
In 1927 he sent his first missionary,
Br. Joseph Caruana, to Ethiopia. Six years later he himself was
going there to help consolidate this new mission, but on September
17 1933 he died leaving a small group of priests
and brothers without his valuable leadership. The Society went
through difficult times till the 1950's, its members holding on
to De Piro's prophetic words spoken not long before he died, "The
Society will grow only after my death."
Today Paulist Missionaries seek to
live out their founding charism in a world of change. We are witnessing
to God's love through our missionary commitment: in parishes,
in schools, in youth centres, in migrant centres, among the poor
and the needy, and in far away lands. Our missionary presence
is in Australia, Peru, Pakistan, Philippines, Canada, Italy and Malta.
Prayer to obtain the Beatification of Joseph De Piro.
Paulist Houses in Australia|
477 Royal Parade,
Parkville, VIC 3052
St Paulís Missionary College,
Wantirna South, VIC 3152
St Bernadetteís Parish,
59B Westmoreland Road,
North Sunshine, VIC 3020
St James the Apostle Parish,
330, Derrimut Rd,
Hoppers Crossing North, VIC 3029
De Piro House,
19 Stanley Street,
East Sydney, NSW 2010
175 Walters Road,
Blacktown, NSW 2148