Statue of Maltese Jesuit Missionary unveiled in Majlispur, India

Statue of Maltese Jesuit Missionary unveiled in Majlispur, India

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Feb 14, 2023

On Tuesday 14 February 2023, the High Commissioner of Malta to India, H.E. Reuben Gauci visited the Indian village of Majlispur and inaugurated a commemorative  statue of the Maltese Jesuit,  Fr Anthony Debono SJ , who founded the mission amongst the Santal Tribe in 1925 in this village in West Bengal, North East India.

Fr Anthony Debono SJ was a visionary son of Malta, was born at Victoria, Gozo (Malta). Having completed his seminary studies in Gozo, he joined the Jesuits in Palermo on 15 September 1904. He was ordained priest on 25 July 1920 and pronounced his final vows in 1924.

On arriving in India he learned the tribal Santali language. In the process, he also learnt about the customs and life of the Santal Tribe. He later moved to Majlispur and settled there on 9 March, 1925 for his pioneering work.

The Statue of Fr Anthony Debono SJ was produced by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) of India. During the inauguration, this Statue was blessed by the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Purnea, H.E. Angelus Kujur SJ.


Maltese Missionaries who have worked in the Santal Mission for decades: Fr Paul Aquilina SJ, Fr Joseph Gauci Sacco SJ and Ms Marcette Buttigieg were present for the occasion.