Studied at the Pontifical French Seminary, and in Italy. Ordained on 20 December 1942 in Castel Gandolfo, Rome, Italy as a priest of the archdiocese of Shkodrë-Pult, Albania. Parish priest in the Buna Dajçit Coast area. Martyred in the Albanian Communist anti–Christian persecutions.
- 5 November 2016 by Pope Francis
- beatification celebrated at the Square of the Cathedral of Shën Shtjefnit, Shkodër, Albania, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato
- “Blessed Dedë Malaj“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 November 2016. Web. 21 February 2017. <>