|Birth: ||Nov. 2, 1787|
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 1868|
Former Superior General of the Order of the Discalced Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, Giuseppe Abela was born in Ħal-Għaxaq, Malta, and following his studies at the seminary was ordained to the priesthood on December 21, 1811.
Appointed lecturer at the Mdina Seminary, Abela opened his own public school at Ħaż-Żabbar followed by another one at Valletta. Lecturing philosophy, theology and rhetoric, one of his students was Blessed Nazju Falzon (1813 - 1865).
Elected rector of the Onorati Congregation of Valletta in 1830, four years later Abela joined the Discalced Carmelite Order at the Convent of Santa Maria della Scala in Rome, taking vows in 1835.
Elected prior on April 24, 1847, Abela was chosen as General of the Order. During his tenure he visited all the Discalced Carmelites convents, including those of Malta, which he visited in October 1850, and accepted Hermann Cohen (1821 - 1871) in the Order, as Friar Augustine-Marie of the Blessed Sacrament. A Jew by birth, Cohen converted to Catholicism and was sent by Pope Pius IX to restore the Carmelite Order in England. The cause for his beatification is in process.
Abela returned to Malta in his later years, passing away at the Discalced Carmelite convent of Cospicua, where his remains are found to this day in the crypt beneath the main presbytery.
Kunvent Santa Tereza
Southern Harbour, Malta
Plot: Crypt Beneath The Main Presbytery.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Oct 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99862505
Added: Mar. 22, 2014
Strieħ Fis-Sliem, Għażiż Patri Ġużepp!|
Added: Oct. 30, 2012