Our Origins

The story of the beginning of Stella Maris College- Malta is inextricably linked with the coming of the De La Salle Brothers or “Freres” to the shores of the Maltese islands. This story is in itself a relatively long and interesting one. However, for our purposes here, we need not enter into its details. Suffice it to say that the main and original thrust to come to the Maltese islands originated at the end of the 19th century. During the last quarter of the 19th century, governments in France were passing very anti-clerical laws. Many religious, like the Jesuits, had been expelled from France. The Brothers were not yet touched by these laws. But, the day was soon to arrive when the Brothers would suffer the same fate as other congregations. Brother Periel Etienne, Assistant to the Superior General, had been working for a while on plans to open a “Grand College” on Malta where exiled French Brothers could go to when they had to leave their home. Brother Periel Etienne had done quite a lot of homework through the support of old boys of Maltese origins in Tunis. His dream was to find a piece of land in the Sliema area on which to build his “Grand College”.