New Jesuit Provincial for Malta

The new Jesuit Provincial, Fr Patrick Magro SJ, has taken up office for three years as from July 31st. Forty-four year old Fr Patrick Magro SJ, who is the present Chaplain at University of Malta, took over from Fr Paul Pace SJ who has been Provincial for two terms since 2008.

Fr Patrick’s life as a Jesuit started in 1989, when he entered the Society of Jesus as a novice in Genoa. This was followed by a year with the Jesuit Community in Tal-Qroqq, and two years studying philosophy in Padova, Italy. After a further two years spent teaching maths and science at St Aloysius’ College, as well as being prefect of discipline there, Fr Patrick read theology for three years in Madrid, followed by a licentiate in pastoral theology and masters in education both at Boston College.

Fr Patrick was ordained a priest on 23rd June 2000, and proceeded to be Rector at St Aloysius’ College as from 2003, a position he occupied for ten years till 2013. Meanwhile, he also spent 2008 in Venezuela for what Jesuits called their tertianship, also part of their formation, and took his final vows in 2008.

Prior to working as Chaplain at University, Fr Patrick spent eight months in Columbia doing parish work among the poor communities there.

“The role of Jesuit Provincial is a big challenge and responsibility, in this challenging time in the Church universally and locally, and also a time for us to do some soul-searching to see how the Jesuits in Malta can continue to live our mission to the fullest,” Fr Patrick said. “We have many different works in the fields of education, social justice, pastoral care, spirituality and formation, and I feel very encouraged by the huge numbers of lay persons who are so willing to also participate in our mission. We will continue to look at how to attract more Jesuit vocations but also at how to work more closely with our lay collaborators, particularly with young people and in the field of social justice.’

‘Funnily enough, on hearing about my new role, some people asked me if I would still be present among all the young people with whom we have contact, and even if I would still commute with my bicycle! Of course I will. And working among young people is one of our largest priorities!’

While wishing Fr Patrick all the best, we can never thank Fr Paul Pace enough for all his hard work and dedication. 

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