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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.

Lessons From a Learned Cardinal

“Cardinal Prospero Grech was an esteemed gentleman, a learned scholar and an affable Augustinian friar. It transpires that one of the characteristics that distinguished him was his mix of profound scholarship and deep humanity. It would be apt to...

A Year-round Blessing

We have started the year with the priestly or Aaronic blessing, better known in Hebrew as birkat kohanim (ברכת כהנים). It is the blessing that we find in the book of Numbers 6:24-26, whose text is the...

Forever Yes

On Monday, 26 December 2019, I had my Day One shift at Mater Dei Hospital, Malta’s national hospital. Being Day One naturally means working tirelessly a twelve-hour shift, from 7.30 am till 7.30 pm. Those who have been at Mater Dei Hospital know...

Christmas with the Saints

In his apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world, Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis says: The saints now in God’s presence preserve their bonds of love and communion with us (no.4). As Christmas is practically on our doorstep...

The Mystery of Christmas

The Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska is definitely a gold mine of teaching regarding the great mystery of Christmas. As a Franciscan Capuchin and also as a passionate follower of the spirituality of Divine Mercy, I cannot leave the approaching...

Are We Rooted in the Lord?

As it has been the custom for many years now, the Maltese Capuchin Province has organized the Advent retreat. This venue chosen for this year’s retreat was the Carmelite Retreat House of Lunzjata (The Annunciation). This special retreat house is...

The Advent Season with Pope Francis

Advent, which is the period of practically four Sundays and weeks before Christmas, from the Latin word adventus that means ‘coming’, concentrates on Jesus’ double coming to our world. The first one occurred in the past, two millennia ago...

The Grace of Advent

If, biblically speaking, grace is a gift from our Heavenly Father that is gratuitously offered to us through His Son and Our Brother, Jesus Christ, in love and fellowship of the Holy Spirit, so as to enable in and through us that healing spiritual...

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