Skip to main content

Falzon, Ignatius, Bl.


Catechist; b. July 1, 1813, Valetta, Malta; d., July 1, 1865, Valetta. Ignatius (Nazju in Maltese) was born at the time when Malta was in the process of becoming a British colony and naval base. His father was a lawyer and later a judge; his mother was the daughter of a judge. Two of his brothers became priests. Ignatius received degrees in both civil and canon law at the Athenaeum of Malta (1833) and began theological studies, receiving the four minor orders in vogue at the time, but decided against ordination to the priesthood. Ignatius became a member of the Franciscan Third Order.

Ignatius read the signs of the times and studied English. When he realized that the British military personnel stationed in Maltalike the Maltese themselves lacked a sound formation in the Gospel, he decided to devote his life to catechesis. Ignatius started first by teaching catechism to children and later on to British servicemen. He organized prayer meetings and catechism instruction for the British Catholics and then nonCatholic servicemen as well. Ignatius invited other laymen to help in the catechetical ministry. Some who became priests served as military chaplains in the British army and navy. It is estimated that Ignatius personally prepared at least 650 individuals for reception in the Roman Catholic Church.

Ignatius died on his fiftysecond birthday and was buried in the family tomb in the Franciscan church of St. Mary of Jesus in Valetta. Pope John Paul II beatified him when he visited Malta on May 9, 2001. Ignatius' feast is celebrated in Malta on July 1, the day of both his birth and death.

Feast: July 1.

[e. magro]

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Falzon, Ignatius, Bl.." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . 22 Jan. 2019 <>.

"Falzon, Ignatius, Bl.." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . (January 22, 2019).

"Falzon, Ignatius, Bl.." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Retrieved January 22, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.