Grech, Prosper, O.S.A.
Order in College: Cardinal Deacon
With Title: Santa Maria Goretti
Native Country: Malta
Appointed by: Benedict XVI on 18 February 2012
Ecclesiastical Office:  Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria Goretti 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Cardinal Prosper Grech was born on 24 December 1925 in Birgu, Malta. He was baptized with the name Stanley, which was changed to Prosper when he entered the Order of St Augustine in 1943. During the Second World War he served in the artillery. He was ordained a priest on 25 March 1950. He holds a licence and a doctorate in theology and a licence in Sacred Scripture. He has also studied Hebrew and Maltese literature. For two years he taught theology at the Augustinian College, then at the Mater Admirabilis College, Malta. In 1965 he was appointed dean of the Augustinian Theological Institute. In 1969 he founded the "Augustinianum" Institute for Patristic Studies, where he was dean from 1971-79. In 1984 he was appointed consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then in 1998 the then Prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger sent him to India as Apostolic Visitator of seminaries. In 2003 he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Theological Academy and, in 2004, a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. He is a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and of the International Association of Patristic Studies. He received episcopal ordination on 8 February 2012. He was elevated to Cardinal on 18 February 2012 and on 21 April installed as Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria Goretti.