January 20, 2022
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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.

St Thomas Becket: Placing God First

On December 29th, we celebrate the feast of St Thomas Becket. The more I tend to read his life the more I realise what truly loving God at the highest price of paying one’s life essentially means. Thomas was born on December 21, 1117, in Southwark...

Reflecting Upon the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

Thursday, November 25th was a day which I shall never certainly forget. It was the first time wherein I had the joy to share my experience as a hospital chaplain with STHL students attending at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta. I...

St Josaphat, Pray for Us

On Friday, November 12th, we celebrated the feast of St Josaphat. This saint represents the eastern lung united with the Church of Rome. John Kuncevic was born around 1580 in Vladimir, which is a village of the Lithuanian Province of Volhynia (in...

Blessed Jerzy Popielousko: Pray for Us

On Tuesday October 19, the Church celebrated the feast of the great Polish priest and martyr, Blessed Jerzy Popielousko. Personally I had the grace of visiting and spending time in the church and apartment he lived in Warsaw in April 2018. This...

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...