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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.

Living Stones

A few days ago I was given a copy of a recently published book by the MSSP Publications and written by the well-known local liturgist, Fr Martin Cilia MSSP. It is a nationally known fact that the small church at the MSSP Oratory in Birkirkara, in...

Saintly Wisdom

Their feast days follow each other. On October 4 we celebrate the feast of St Francis whereas on October 5, the very subsequent day, we jubilantly celebrate the liturgical feast of St Faustina. What do these two great saints have in common?  To...

Padre Pio: An Excellent Guardian of Our Souls

On Wednesday 23 September 2020, we jubilantly celebrated the feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. This great humble saint as well as my dear Capuchin brother (without personally meriting such an awesome grace!) gives us a practical yet profound...

The Importance of Angels

On September 29 as well as on October 2 we celebrate two liturgical feasts which are linked with angels. In fact, in the September feast we celebrate the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael whereas in the October feast we...

Mary’s Canticle Brings Peace

On Tuesday 8 September 2020 we celebrated the Nativity of Mary. In this feast day the Holy Spirit, the Giver of life, gave me the grace to understand, or at least to start a process of understanding, a very important aspect regarding the Mother of...

Consecrating Ourselves to Mary

Many bishops around the world, during the prevalent coronavirus pandemic, have consecrated their countries to the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother. Pope Francis himself offered heaps of prayers to Mary in order that COVID-19 will be...

Your Father

The term your Father (Πατρί σου in Greek) in the Matthean Gospel is replete with deep wisdom on who is Our Father in Heaven. Thus, in Matthew 5:16 Our Father receives His glory from you and me whenever we commit good works in front of...

The Jewish Roots of Our Christian Faith

I recently completed a formative course entitled The Jewish Roots of Christianity. The course rested mainly on four pillars: first, an introduction to Judaism. Second, the Jewish prayer and the festivals and how they influenced our Christian...