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.

Saintly Reflections Regarding His Most Precious Blood

The present month of July is lovingly dedicated by the Church to the Precious Blood of Christ, Our Lord and Saviour. July represents for us a golden opportunity to delve deeper into the mystery of that sublime love with which the Lord loved us on...

Mary in the Thought of Pope Francis

Mary has always been the subject of Pope Francis’ thought throughout his pontificate. Together with the vast theological richness of previous pontificates, Pope Francis’ view about Mary is extremely interesting, touching and down to earth too...

Venerable Alberto Beretta of Milan, O.F.M. Cap.

Alberto Beretta was a talented doctor and a Capuchin priest whose sister Gianna is a saint. He is on the path to sainthood, himself. Here is a short biography of his life. He was born in Italy in 1916, one of thirteen children born to Maria and...

A Lesson Not to Be Forgotten

On Friday 31 May 2024 we celebrated the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her kinswoman St Elizabeth. The feast is so beautiful because it focuses on the gift of the Holy Spirit who unites these two pregnant women together. In...

Saint Leopold Mandic, that “little” great confessor

On Sunday 12 May 2024, while we were celebrating the solemnity of Pentecost there was also the liturgical memorial of St Leopold Mandic. One metre and thirty-five centimeters tall, St Leopold was one of the patrons of the 2015-2016 Jubilee of Mercy...

Thoughts About Mothers

Today, we celebrate Mother’s Day. Such a special day, dedicated to all Mothers around the globe, brings to my mind and heart the powerful words which the Book of Prophet Isaiah presents to us regarding the Lord’s motherhood: Can a woman forget her...

Insights from Martin Luther Regarding Our Blessed Mother

You wouldn’t believe it but it is true: Martin Luther held a great devotion to Mary, the Mother of God and Our Heavenly Mother. Leaving aside all the radical distinctives of early Protestantism like the Communion of the Saints, Penance, Purgatory...

The Grace of Spiritual Friendship

There is an excellent book written by Aelred of Rievaulx (1110 – 12 January 1167), who was an English Cistercian monk and abbot from 1147 until his death. The book’s name is De spirituali amicitia, or in English On Spiritual Friendship. This work is...