Cuschieri was born in Valletta on 27th January,
1872. He took his vows as a Carmelitan friar on 28th
August, 1891 and he said Mass for the first time in
1898. Anastasju studied in Malta and took a
doctorate in Philosophy from the Gregorian
University in Rome.
In 1902, he became a Professor of Philosophy. Having
returned to Malta, Anastasju was chosen as a member
of the General Council at the University where he
presided over the Faculty of Science and was also an
examiner of students of Italian language and
literature for many years.
He was elected as the head of the Carmelitan Order
in Malta twice. Anastasju was the Senator
representing university graduates under the first
two legislatures (1921 and 1932) of the Maltese
government too. In 1921, he was also the director of
the first study club founded to promote the
education of Maltese workers.
This Carmelitan friar is also famous for his poetry
and for his involvement in politics. Anastasju was a
supporter of the Nationalist party which, during the
1930s, was in favour of a strong alliance between
Malta and Fascist Italy. During the Second World
War, he was kept under surveillance by the British
Government because of his political beliefs.
Anastasju died in 1962.