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Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap

FR MARIO ATTARD OFM Cap was born in San Gwann on August 26 1972. After being educated in governmental primary and secondary schools as well as at the Naxxar Trade School he felt the call to enter the Franciscan Capuchin Order. After obtaining the university requirements he entered the Capuchin friary at Kalkara on October 12 1993. A year after he was ordained a priest, precisely on 4 September 2004, his superiors sent him to work with patients as a chaplain first at St. Luke's Hospital and later at Mater Dei. In 2007 Fr Mario obtained a Master's Degree in Hospital Chaplaincy from Sydney College of Divinity, University of Sydney, Australia. Currently, he is one of the six chaplains working at Mater Dei Hospital. Furthermore, he is a regular contributor in the MUMN magazine IL-MUSBIEĦ and hosts radio programmes about the spiritual care of the sick.

The Feast of St Michael the Archangel

This past Wednesday, we celebrated the feast of St Michael the Archangel. But who is this Prince of all the Angels? If we glance through the Old Testament we immediately notice that the Jews already considered Michael as the Prince of Angels, their...

Blessed Marco d’Aviano

On Friday 13 August 2021 the universal Church celebrated the feast of the famous Capuchin priest Blessed Marco d’Aviano. Marco was born precisely in Aviano, both a town and comune in the province of Pordenone at the foot of the Dolomites mountain...

The Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

When recently one of the innumerable hand-made copies of the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help came to visit us at the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre in Malta, I deeply felt the need to appreciate this singular icon a bit more than I usually do...

The Trinitarian Devotion of St. Francis of Assisi

These days we have had the great grace of celebrating the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. As a Franciscan Capuchin brother I cannot not remember, with the utmost loving affection, St Francis of Assisi’s devotion to the Most Holy Trinity. From...

Pentecost Icons

Pentecost is a meta-historical event. It transcends our world of time and space. It opens our world to eternal reality. It helps us go into the hub of reality: the Holy Spirit’s presence in the Church. In this sense, the icon of the Pentecost is a...

Indifferent Souls

We are living in a world where many are becoming indifferent to God. Countless are the numbers of those who live as if God does not exist. And what is the fruit, if any, of such a poor life? Just tell these people to tell you what they really...

He is Holy Joseph

St Joseph’s feast day of 2021 was really an unforgettable experience for me. This was the first feast day which I celebrated as a chaplain at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre in Malta with our patients and their loved ones who are battling the...