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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.

The Lord Gave Me

October 4 is a great day not just for us Franciscans and Catholics but also for every person in this world. On this day, we joyfully celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the man who pursued a dream which, in his life, materialised in a new...

Nursing the Soul

Some months ago, I had the joy of publishing a new book on pastoral care entitled Nursing the soul. This book has been the fruit of years writing articles for the quarterly magazine Il-Musbieħ, which is published by the Malta Union of Midwives and...

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

On Saturday, September 14 the Church celebrated the Feast of the exaltation of the Cross. One may naturally ask: But why is the Cross to be exalted? Before rushing to answering this important question we need to pause and think slowly about Who is...

An Experience of God’s Forgiveness

The day of September 15, 2019 will be a day that I will never surely forget throughout my priestly and consecrated life. Today, I would dare say that it was a day so special precisely because it was completely soaked in God’s Mercy. Already the Good...

Thanking God for Birthdays

On Monday, 26 August, I celebrated my forty seventh birthday. Every birthday is for me a splendid occasion to say thank you, forgive me and please help me. The first word that spontaneously comes into my heart is thank you! I have alot of...

Hail His Tabernacle

One of the most beautiful Marian prayers, which really touches my heart whenever I pray it, is that of St. Francis of Assisi: A Salutation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In one of his salutations, the Poverello salutes Mary with the following...

Heavenly News

Many follow news bulletins on various tv and radio stations. Others flock to news blogs to have access to the latest current events. It is the technological age we are living in where reality is...

Our Iconic Identity

Recently, I watched a very interesting documentary on You Tube entitled, The Icon: A Seven Part Documentary. In doing so, I began to wonder if we, who are baptized, are, in effect, iconic. In other words, can we, as Christians, truly say...

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