Mother Margherita Debrincat
The Servant of God, Mother Margherita De Brincat (1862-1952), whose Cause of Beatification is in progress at the Congregation of the Saints in Rome, was a strong, brave and far-sighted woman.
Virgina De Brincat, as she was called in baptism, made a vow of virginity when she was 15 years old. On 8th December 1877 she was accepted as a member of the Association of the Twelve Stars of the Heart of Jesus. After repeated pleas, on February 5th 1881 she was accepted as a member of the newly-founded religious Congregation of the Franciscan Tertiaries.
Her love for Christ, her sweet, Crucified spouse, branches out in two aspects, which were characteristic in her religious life: contemplation and apostolate.
Mother Margherita had a fascinating spiritual personality: profound faith and humility, devotion to prayer, mortification, and a willingness to serve.
When she was still young, Father Joseph Diacono chose her as general Secretary of the Congregation. When the new house in Birkirkara was opened in 1885, Mother Margherita became the superior and also taught there. Her life is very tightly interwoven with that of the Congregation of which she was general superior for many years (1889-1901; 1904-1911; 1917-1923) and for a span of more than 24 years.