Beginning of Novitiate of three Nigerian Candidates
On Sunday 14th July 2019, three Nigerian candidates, Perpetua Uzochukwu, Rose Mary Akamnonu, and Mary Omolabake started their Novitiate. Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr Stephen Magro ofm.
Congratulations to the Students of St Francis School Victoria
The Water Explorer programme has been re-launched in Malta for the second year running, when Water Explorer teams from various schools embarked on an intriguing quest to raise further awareness about water as an indispensable resource.
The national awards event was hosted by Gozo College Middle School, which was the National Water Explorer Team for 2018. From challenges tackling the issues of water stress, to others delving deeper into the virtual water debate, they completed several challenges and logged their actions through an interactive online portal. From the seven participating schools two schools made it to the finals.
Team Franciscans from St Francis Primary School, Victoria and the Misty Team from Gozo College Middle School, distinguished themselves on various fronts by taking a more active and leading role in most of their missions.
The Misty team organised a Fun Walk to raise awareness about climate change and to encourage participants to be more actively involved on a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mainly Climate Action, Clean Water and Sanitation.
Several parents and relatives attended for this special occasion including Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana. The main slogan for this event was – Walk! It’s Carbon Neutral!
The funds collected during the event were donated to the Malta Community Chest Fund and AKVO organisation to build water pumps in developing countries.
The Franciscans calculated the water footprint of different menus besides making it a point to stop using disposables and consider other alternatives such as stainless straws, re-usable bottles and travel cups.
They also organised book swaps to understand better how many litres of water are used in the production of different books.
One of the most original challenges the Franciscans made, was undoubtedly the parents’ declaration. Parents were asked to make a pledge that they would try to install at least one water saving device in their house.
Water Explorer festivals were also organised by these teams to share good practices as a means of community outreach. Some teams managed to link up with schools from other countries and share their ideas and top water-saving tips.
This fun, action-oriented, international online programme that inspired thousands of students to become Water Explorers consisted of a point system and each action led to points that were awarded for challenges completed on the respective school web pages.
The point system was however more an indication of engagement rather than a measure of the effectiveness of the challenge accomplished. So much so that points gained were not the sole criteria that determined the overall winner from the 7 finalists this morning.
The Franciscans team was announced the winner of a special prize which consists of a number of students and their respective educators going to London to participate in the closing event of the HSBC Water Programme and speak about their actions and ideas, at the Cutty Sark, Greenwich on the 21st of November.
This educational water experience is being sponsored by the Energy and Water Agency. The National Water Explorer title was again won by the Gozo College Middle School – the Misty Team.
This team will be representing Malta in the international online Water Explorer awards event in mid-October. HSBC Malta Foundation also sponsored a €300 cash prize for the winning School.
The Water Explorer programme is internationally coordinated by Global Action Plan and locally managed by Nature Trust – FEE Malta through the Eco-Schools programme.
The Water Explorer programme, lead by Global Action Plan is also managed in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Poland, South Africa, Ireland and the UK. For further information log into: https://www.waterexplorer.org/malta
Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Religious Profession
On Sunday 2nd June 2019, a group of eight sisters, Sr Lutgarda, Sr Leopoldina, Sr Lorenza, Sr Clemenzia, Sr Felice, Sr Alquina, Sr Victoria, and Sr Florence, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their Religious Profession. Mass was celebrated at St Francis Church, Hamrun followed by a reception at St Francis School, B’Kara. May the Lord grant them Holy Perseverance.
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 thanksgiving 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.