The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Gozo|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Diocese||Diocese of Gozo|
|Successor||Nikol Joseph Cauchi|
|Ordination||3 August 1913|
|Consecration||17 December 1944|
by Mikiel Gonzi
|Died||March 31, 1972 (aged 81)|
Joseph Pace was born in Victoria, Malta on May 30, 1890, son of Giovanni Battista Pace and Cecilia Pace, niece of archbishop of Malta Pietro Pace. He was baptised at St. George's Basilica in Victoria on 1 June 1890 and was given the names Joseph Anthony and Giovanni.
He studied at the Gozo Seminary, at that time managed by the Italian Jesuits. At 16, he passed to the Royal University of Malta. After studying Philosophy for a year in Malta, he went to Rome to continue and expand his studies, where he graduated in Philosophy and Theology.
He was ordained priest on either December 20 or August 3, 1913. In 1916, he was nominated as a canon of the Gozo Cathedral Chapter. In 1919, he continued his studies in Rome, where he graduated as a doctor in Canonical Law.
In 1924, Mgr. Michael Gonzi was appointed as bishop of Gozo, and Pace was chosen as his secretary. Amongst other posts, he served as rector of the Gozo Seminary and lecturer of Dogmatic Theology, Sacred Scriptures and History of the Church within the same seminary. He was also appointed as Archdeacon of Gozo, Domestic Prelate, and General Vicar of Gozo.
On either November 1 or November 11, 1944, the Pope appointed him as Bishop of Gozo. His consecration in the Gozo Cathedral was held on December 17, 1944, by then Archbishop of Malta and his predecessor Mikiel Gonzi. He was installed as Bishop on April 8, 1945.