The members of the Maltese Province attended the yearly gathering of the festive season of Christmas. It was an enjoyable evening where we prayed together and entertained ourselves. The Provincial Superior, Sr Claudia Zammit gave her greetings to all the sisters present. This was followed by supper.
Renewal of Vows
On 5th December 2018, Sr Matlene Hatalan Falzon and Sr Anne Marie Mifsud renewed their vows in the presence of Rev Sr Claudia Zammit, Provincial Superior, Rev Sr Gabriella Grech, Provincial Vicar, Rev Sr Elaine Spiteri, Councillor and the members of the community of Betania, Msida.
Feast of St Francis
On the 1st to the 3rd October, the members of the Maltese Province celebrated the feast of St Francis by a triduum as a spiritual preparation. In Malta, it was celebrated at St Francis Church by Rev. Fr Andrew Galea OFM Conv. and in Gozo at the Mother House by Rev. Fr Joe Buttigieg OFM Cap.
Renewal of Vows
On Wednesday 12th September 2018, Sr Anita-Jane renewed her vows in the hands of The Provincial Superior, Sr Claudia Zammit at Betania convent in the presence of the local community. The witnesses were Sr Gabriella Grech, the Provincial Vicar and Sr Marica Agius, the Provincial Councillor. May the Lord bless her and grant her Holy Perseverance!
For more photos go to the gallery.
25th General Chapter – July 2018
The Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus, celebrated their 25th General Chapter at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Centre of Spirituality in San Bartolomeo, Cave, from the 7th to the 26th of July 2018. The Reverend Superior General, Mother Vitaliana Zammit, was renewed for a second term while the new General Council is formed by Revered Sr PierMarie Zammit (Vicar General), Sr Madalena Cheron (Councillor), Sr Josephine Attard (Councillor and Secretary), Sr Luciana Calabrese (Councillor) and Sr Loredana Galea (Bursar).
New General Council
Right to left: Sr Josephine Attard, Sr Madalena Cheron, Mother Vitaliana Zammit, Sr PierMarie Zammit, Sr Luciana Calabrese, Sr Loredana Galea.
Superior General – Mother Vitaliana Zammit
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated by all the members of the Province starting on 5th June with the Triduum. At the Mother House the main celebrant was Reverend Fr Carmelo Gauci, in Malta by Reverend Fr Keith Scicluna, whilst in the London community by Reverend Fr Mario Sant OFM Conv.
On Monday 28th May 2018, the celebrants of the 50th anniversary, attended for thanks giving mass celebrated by His Grace Bishop Mario Grech at ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, Gozo.
On Sunday 27th May 2018, fourteen sisters celebrated their 25th and the 50th anniversary of their Religious Profession. The sisters who celebrated their 50th anniversary are Sr Bonaventure Attard, Sr Michelina Camilleri, Sr Celina Cini, Sr Angela Grech, Sr Dorotea Mizzi, Sr Josephine Schiavone, Sr Maria Rita Sultana, Sr Fatima Vella and Sr Giuseppina Zammit. The sisters celebrating their 25th anniversary are Sr Samina Chughtai, Sr Samina Joseph, Sr Shabana Siraj and Sr Agnes Yousaf. Mass was celebrated at St Francis Church, Hamrun. The main celebrant was Fr Eddie Zammit. Congratulations to all the anniversary celebrants. May the Good Lord continue to enkindle their hearts with love for Him and to make Him known and loved by all those they encounter. Wishing them all Holy Perseverance!
More photos of this memorable occasion are found in the Gallery.
On Saturday 28th April, the communities of Malta celebrated the feast of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Patron Saint of our Province. Mass was celebrated Rev. Fr Walter Vassallo OFM, at Dt Francis Church, Msida.
On Saturday 21st April, the communities of Gozo celebrated the feast of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Patron Saint of our Province. Mass was celebrated by His Grace Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo, the chaplain Rev. Fr Joe Buttigieg OFM Cap, together with other celebrants in the Church of the Mother House, Victoria, Gozo.
On Saturday 24th February 2018, the members of the Maltese Province met for the first time with His Excellency Mgr Alessandro D’Errico, Apostolic Nunciature for Malta. The meeting was held in our Community of Sliema.