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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.

My Child, Are You Ok?

They say that life is full of surprises! I never dare to contest that for a single second! Yes! Life is surely full of surprises! Life experiences constantly bear witness to this. Some time ago I had an experience which made me wonder how things in...

The Blood of Christ is the Source of Genuine Service

The month of July is traditionally associated with the Blood of Christ. This feast powerfully reminds us of Christ’s humanity. The Precious Blood of Jesus’ tradition within the Catholic world goes back to roughly one hundred and seventy years ago...

With Change, There is a Leaving Behind

On Friday, June 19, 2020, I was officially transferred from Mater Dei Hospital, Malta’s General Hospital, to the Oncology Centre of Sir Anthony Mamo, Malta’s only centre which specializes in cancer treatment. The move was significant for more than...

His Heart is The Strength of Your Heart

Following the Feast of Corpus Christi we joyfully celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! It is the Feast of that heart which, as we pray in the Office of Readings Hymn, is the hope of sinners here.  Who of us is not a...

Reflections on Christ’s Eucharistic Love

During the month of June we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, widely known as Corpus Christi. In the words of Pope Francis, pronounced during his homily at the Church of...

The Power of the Rosary

We have nearly traveled through the month of May, even if it has been tarnished and hugely saddened by the coronavirus pandemic. However, have we ever fathomed how powerful the Rosary really is? Giants in God’s holiness make us realize the power of...

The Christian View of Sickness

During these difficult and turbulent times we are living in, the question becomes: What is the Christian attitude towards sickness? And further, how should we, as Christian believers, behave in these challenging waters we are swimming in? The...

Lessons from Saint George

On Thursday, 23 April 2020, the universal Church celebrated the great feast of Saint George. Regarding his life, there are many unnecessary historical details. What stands sure, however, is that Saint George is not a myth but a very powerful and...