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January 3, 2018


With deep sadness we have to inform our faithful of the death of our beloved Bishop Francis Micallef (Emeritus of Kuwait) at 8.30 today morning in Malta. May his soul rest in peace. The funeral and final blessing will be on Saturday at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta at 9:30 AM.

We give thanks to God for the gift of Bishop Francis to the Church in Kuwait for many long years. Bishop Francis was ordained Bishop on January 6, 1982. He came to Kuwait a few days later on January 13 and took charge of the Vicariate of Kuwait on January 15. He retired as Apostolic Vicar of Kuwait on July 14, 2005. Bishop Francis celebrated his 89th birthday on December 17, 2017.

We pray that our beloved Bishop Francis will now enjoy his heavenly reward in the company of Our Blessed Mother and all the Angels and Saints.

May God grant his family and all who mourn his death, strength and consolation in their grief and loss.


A Tribute to H.L. Bishop Francis Micallef, O.C.D. - By H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCJ

H.L. Bishop Francis Micallef's Biography

On December 27, 2017:

Mr. Joseph Micallef wrote: Uncle Bishop is back in the Nursing Home for the Elderly Clergy. There is not much improvement in his general health but he is happy here at the home where he is well taken care of. He has thanked each one of you personally for your prayers, greetings and good wishes for his birthday and Christmas. Blessings to all!

On November 24, 2017:

Mr. Joseph Micallef wrote: This morning Uncle Bishop was transfered from Mater Dei hospital (our general hospital) to Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology hospital. He was placed at the Palliative Care unit since he has been practically all the time in bed and his movements were very limited, thus his general condition has deteriorated. At the palliative care unit he will be monitored much more closely and they will give him more physiotherapy to regain his mobility. Thank you for remembering him in your prayers.

On November 19, 2017:

Mr. Joseph Micallef wrote that H.L. Bishop Francis' health is better. It's just his persistent cough that is troubling him now. It has given Bishop Francis a lot of courage to know that the Catholic faithful are keeping a vigil of prayers for him in all the parishes of Kuwait. Thank you for your prayers.

On November 15, 2017:

We received an email from Mr. Joseph Micallef, the nephew of H.L. Bishop Francis informing us that Bishop Francis was hospitalized on Monday, Nov 13, for lung infection and some other health-related complications. The Bishop has not been keeping well lately and has become very frail following his treatment. Joseph, on behalf of Bishop Francis, has requested us to notify the faithful of Kuwait about the Bishop's condition and has asked you to please keep Bishop Francis in your prayers.

On October 9, 2017, Bishop Francis wrote:

Good morning from a sunny day in Malta. I have settled in well at the nursing home. Last week, I had a cataract operation for my right eye, and tomorrow, I will have the x-rays of my back and left knee done. I have not yet recovered my appetite for food which I think is an effect of the radiation therapy. As our Carmelite Order is preparing to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Holy Mother Teresa of Jesus, I think of all of you these days in a special way. Many happy remembrances to one and all!

On August 16, 2017, Bishop Francis wrote:

Yesterday, on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven body and soul, I celebrated Thanksgiving Mass as it was also the 70th Anniversary of my joining the Discalced Carmelites Order as a novice. The group of people in one of the photos are some of my nephews and nieces with some of their children.

On August 6, 2017, Bishop Francis wrote:

Happy Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Christ Jesus. I am preparing myself to be admitted in the Nursing Home for the Elderly Clergy run by the archdiocese situated not far from our Community where I am. It will be later this month when I leave my Community. I can say that I am recovering relatively fairly well, though slowly, after my radiation therapy. The fact remains though that my old age claims its special needs. Thank you for your prayers.

On July 9, 2017, Bishop Francis wrote:

The treatment for my lung cancer by radiotherapy was done during the first three weeks of June. The doctor in charge, to check the follow-up for any symptoms connected perhaps with the treatment, told me yesterday not to worry. Still it will take some time to recover fully. Please convey this news to our faithful in Kuwait on the website:

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