Little Roger

Miracles in Malta.
by Mark Thelen, LC | Source:
Little Roger was going to die. Born in July of 2001, he had been almost immediately diagnosed with severe liver failure. Without a liver transplant, there was a ninety percent-plus chance that he would not survive. Examined at St. Luke’s Hospital in Malta, he was immediately transferred to King’s College Hospital in London due to his grave condition.

There, doctors at the world’s largest pediatric liver center had to find a donor. Finally, they set a date for the transplant, but the donor was not compatible! What was the family to do? They could not sit by and watch little Roger die.


Over a hundred and twenty years earlier, George too had been born in Malta, on February 12, 1880 to Vicenzo and Natalina Ceravolo. From an early age he had an interest in the priesthood, and entered the seminary in Malta as soon as he had finished high school.

Just before he was ordained, he suffered a very serious illness. He survived the ordeal thanks to the intercession of St. Jospeh but was still left with his left lung permanently impaired. He was ordained a priest on December 22, 1906, and for almost a month after his ordination George did not venture out of his home except to say Mass. He spent his time in prayer and meditation.

Then in January of 1907, he met with a group of young people from his native town, Flamrun. This group eventually developed into the Society of Christian Doctrine, a group of lay people leading an exemplary life, well formed in the principles of the Catholic faith and sent to teach the faith to the people.

Fr. George Preca worked tirelessly spreading the Gospel and the teachings of Christ throughout the Maltese Islands until his death in 1962. Pope John Paul II beatified him on May 9, 2001, and he was just canonized by Benedict XVI on June 3.


What do Fr. George and Roger have to do with one another you might ask? Well, thanks to Fr. George, Roger is a lively, healthy six-year-old. His parents prayed through the intercession of Blessed George when Roger suffered his acute liver condition, and a glove used in 2000 to exhume the priest was placed on his tiny body.

Within less than a week, little Roger’s liver was fine, and four days later a transplant was not necessary at all. Blessed, and now Saint George Preca’s intercession, had saved him.

- Names have been changed. Information taken from an article in the Catholic News Service, May 20, 2007 and from the Vatican webpage,

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