Fr. Donat Spiteri OFMCap., S.Th.D.,S.S.L. M.Q.R.

Rev. Fr Donat Spiteri was born in Marsa, Malta to Spiridione and Antonia
nee Cassar on 13th October 1922.

Feeling that he was called to be a frair, he joined the Franciscan Order and
was ordained on the 13th March 1948. He furthered his studies at the
Gregorian Ponifical University in Rome where he did his Licence in Theology
(Dogmatics). He also studied the Holy Scriptures at Pontificio Istituto Bibblico
in Rome where hid did his licence in the Holy Scripture. He returned to Malta
in 1954 and was given the responsability of teaching young Capuchin students.
Between 1958 and 1967 he was parish priest of the Holy Trinity Church in Marsa.
Throughout those years he was instrumental in the construction of the parrochial
centre St. Pius X. Between 1983 and 1991, again he was asked to serve as a
parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes in
San Gwann.  Throughout the years he served in San Gwann,
he again felt the need to gather the lay movements under one roof. Thus, the parrochial centre San Guzepp
came to be. He found time also to restore the
Sta. Margherita chapel - which now houses the Holy Sepulchre
for daily adoration.

From 1966 to 1988, he was lecturer and Professor of Biblical Studies at the Faculty of Theology at the
University of Malta where together with Prof. Karm Sant and others set up the
Malta Bible Society, of which
he was President. The  main achievement of this Society was the publication of the Holy Bible in Maltese.
The translation commenced in 1966 and continued till it was published in 1984.  Since then, the Bible was
revised yet again, taking another five years.  Hence, the second edition was published in 1996. As the
teaching and interpretation of the Bible were and still are his life's mission, he was instrumental in opening
Dar il-Bibbja in Floriana as a Bible Centre.

Fr. Donat Spiteri is also the author of a numerous amount of
books of theological and biblical themes, of
which il-Ktieb tas-Salmi
(Book of Psalms), Dizzjunarju Bibbliku (Bible Dictionary) - Temi Teologici (Theological
Themes)
, l-Evangelji ta' San Mattew u San Luqa (The Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke), il-Ktieb ta' l-Atti
ta' l-Appostli
(The Book of the Acts of the Apostles) and many others are being published by the Malta Bible
Society.  He also was a regular contributor in articles to the local press and various religious magazines
such as
'Dawl Frangiskan',  besides lecturing and explaining the Holy Bible on the local media.  He also
toured various parishes in Malta and Gozo where he gave Biblical course.
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Fr. Donat Spiteri was honoured with the 'Gieh il-Marsa' and 'Gieh San Gwann'  by the respective Local Councils
in Malta as appreciation for his service to their community.

Medal for Service to the Republic was awarded by the President of Malta H.E. Dr George Abela, on behalf of
the Government and people of Malta on the 13th. December, 2010.
Kliem il-Hajja Booklet - The Word of Life
Rev Fr Donat Spiteri OFMCap., S.Th.D.,S.S.L. M.Q.R.
In 1974 Fr. Donat felt the need to spread further Bible reading into the Maltese
households. Thus, he launched the small booklet
Kliem il-Hajja (the Word of
Life)
which has become synonymous with him.  This booklet is issued every
quarter and helps and simplifies the daily reading of the Bible.  He was the
editor since its origin and today is the Director General.  Today, this booklet is
in its 35th year and finds its way in many homes throughout Malta and Gozo -
and also amongst our Maltese emigrants abroad. It is worth mentioning that
over 20,000
Kliem il-Hajja booklets are distributed thanks to the many
volunteers.  On the 30th Anniversary of this publication,  he inaugurated a
Kliem il-Hajja office and library inside the Capuchins Friary at Floriana, Malta
where most of this booklet is prepared.  All those interested in Biblical studies
have now another place where to study the Bible more in depth, besides
going through the many works of Fr. Donat Spiteri.