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    Josph De Piro. Portrait by Maria van Galen, FMM


    The following is a short, chronological history of the Missionary Society of St Paul.

    Click on the pictures to see the full-sized photos and description.

    Joseph De Piro with first Paulists

    30 June, 1910
    Joseph De Piro accepts the first two members for his new Missionary Society.

    14 November, 1921
    The local bishop officially approves the establishment of the Society.

    18 March, 1924
    The first rules of the Society are approved by Church authorities.

    21 June, 1927Br Joseph Caruana in Ethiopia
    Br Joseph Caruana is the first Paulist to be sent to the missions. He was sent to Ethiopia (then known as Abyssinia), where he remained until his death in 1975, at the age of 83.

    17 September, 1933
    Mgr Joseph De Piro dies at the age of 55, leaving the Society in its infancy and struggling to survive.

    14 April, 1948Fr Michael Callus
    Fr Michael Callus becomes the first Paulist priest to be appointed as Superior General of the Society.

    2 August, 1948
    Fr Augustine Grech is the first Paulist member to arrive in Australia.

    January, 1959
    The Society opens its first house in Ontario, Canada.

    May, 1968
    The first group of Paulist Missionaries arrives in Peru.

    December, 1972
    The MSSP goes to Michigan, USA.

    19 January, 1973
    The Missionary Society of St Paul becomes officially recognized by the Vatican as a Religious Order of Pontifical Status, under the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

    January, 1981
    The Paulist Missionaries open a new mission in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

    January, 1997
    The MSSP starts discussions with the Church authorities in the Philippines to open a new mission there.

    March, 1997MSSP Generalate, Vitinia
    The Missionary Society of Saint Paul purchases a house in Rome, Italy. These premises will house the Central Administration of the Paulist Society.

    8 May, 1998
    The new Generalate for the MSSP is officially opened in Rome.

    11 January, 1999
    Fr Lonnie Borg arrives in the Philippines, to be the first Paulist Missionary in this new mission.

    15 February, 1999
    The MSSP returns to Canada! Frs Dominic Cachia (from Australia) and Mark Demanuele (from Malta) are the first Paulist Missionaries to minister at St Paul the Apostle Parish, Toronto St Paul's Missionary College, Wantirna, Australia

    July, 2000
    The MSSP holds its first General Chapter outside Malta, namely at St Paul's Missionary College, Australia.

    25 January, 2003
    The diocesan process of the cause for the beatification of Joseph De Piro comes to an end. All material is now passed on to the Sacred Congregation of Saints in Rome.
    28 April, 2009
    St Paul's House of Formation, the MSSP's International Formation House, is blessed and officially opened by the Superior General Fr Bernard Mangion, in Manila, the Philippines..

    "I follow you wherever you go"