Oil Dedicated to St George Preca A
St George Preca Oil (in Maltese: Ġorġ Preca) (12 February 1880 – 26 July 1962) a Maltese Catholic priest. Founder of the Society of Christian Doctrine as well as a Third Order Carmelite. Known as “Dun Ġorġ” in Maltese and Pope John Paul II dubbed him “Malta’s second father in faith”. He assumed the religious name of “Franco” after becoming a Secular Carmelite.
He a popular figure among some groups, and his pastoral care and religious teaching earned recognition. However, his activities raised suspicions of heresy from senior clergy. He ordered to close down his teaching centres for a time while they could be investigated; they subsequently re-opened.
On 8 April 1905 his confessor Aloysius Galea died and Preca would often recount that not long after Galea seemingly appeared to him and encouraged his call to the priesthood. His studies began to write a rule in Latin for use in a planned religious movement for permanent deacons.
He wished to establish but this desire subsided over time. The idea remained much on Preca’s mind but he altered the idea after being ordained. Preca received his ordination to the priesthood alongside thirteen others on 22 December 1906 from Bishop Pietro Pace. He celebrated his first Mass on 25 December – Christmas – at the Saint Cajetan parish church in Ħamrun. He appointed assistant priest at St. Gaetano, and immediately devoted himself to teaching the youth.