I was born on the Mediterranean island of Malta.  My parents’ names were the late Edward and Josephine.  I am a twin with my sister Barbara and brother to Godwin.  Both my siblings have their own families and still live on the island of Malta.  I was brought up and educated at Catholic schools.  My primary schooling was at St Joseph’s School Paola, the town where I grew up.  The school was led by the French order of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition.  I did my secondary education at St Paul’s Missionary College administered and led by the Priests and Brothers of the Missionary Society of St Paul.  After doing my Sixth Form education at the State Sixth Form, I joined the Missionary Society of St Paul as a seminarian.
I began my novitiate in October 1982 and was ordained in 1992 during which time I did my BA degree in Philosophy and Human Sciences, a BA in Sacred Theology (BSTH) and Licentiateship in Pastoral Theology at the University of Malta.  During this time I also taught part time at secondary level at St Paul’s Missionary College and was involved with youth ministry within a voluntary missionary association led by the same order on the island.  I also had the privilege of spending some months working as a deacon in Pakistan.  After my ordination on the 3rd July 1992, I was assigned to work in Melbourne Australia where I was involved in Vocation Ministry, was a Chaplain at a Sixth Form College (Emmaus College, Box Hill Campus) and was part of a team which ran together with the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary the Centre – Wominjeka – a Mission Spirituality Centre in Melbourne.
I left Australia in 2001 and moved to Ottawa Canada where I did my MA in Pastoral Counselling for two years.  This was also a time of soul searching for me and at the end of these two years I made the hard decision to leave the Missionary Order, but remain a priest.  Providence brought me to Southwark Diocese.  I was first assigned as a curate at St Anselm’s Parish in Dartford for 10 months.  I was then asked to take over the parish of St Benet’s Abbey Wood.  I stayed there for 5 years.  After which my ministry took me to the South West of the Diocese to minister to the sick and dying at St Helier Hospital and St Raphael’s Hospice Cheam.  During this time I was also fortunate enough to minister sacramentally at St Teresa’s Parish Church Morden.  In 2014, I had my sabbatical which I spent both in returning to my roots in Malta for some months but also went to Rome to do a theological refresher course with other English speaking priests at the North American College.  During this time I had the privilege of attending diverse services and Masses celebrated by Pope Francis and also visited the Holy Land for the first time in my life, which I consider to be the highlight of my sabbatical.  In April 2015, I was asked by Archbishop Peter to become the Parish Priest of St James the Great in Petts Wood.  I feel honoured and privileged to be ministering in this very welcoming and vibrant community.
Father David Camilleri
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Revd David Camilleri | Tel: 01689 827100  |  281a Crescent Drive, Petts Wood, Orpington, BR5 1AY