This afternoon God called to eternal rest Fr. Rikkardu Attard aged 87 years. Before moving to the Dar tal-Kleru for essential nursing care, he formed part of the Hal-Tarxien comunity. He also gave valuable service for many years in Catania and Brazil.

His funeral will be held on Thursday 28 November 2019 at 9.30 a.m. For those who wish to pay him their last respects, on that morning Fr. Rikkardu Attard’s body will be at the Augustinian Oratory, Hal-Tarxien from 8.15 a.m. onwards.

At 9.30 a.m. the cortege will leave the Oratory for the Church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Hal Tarxien where Mass will be celebrated.

For those who wish to make a donation to the Augustinian Missions instead of sending flowers, the account number at BOV is 400-1018-8817. Alternatively, a donation can be made by SMS as follows:-

506 16117 for a donation of €1.16

506 17357 for a donation of €2.33

506 18085 for a donation of €6.99

506 19206 for a donation of €11.65

If by cheque, this should be made payable to Fr. Mario Abela OSA, Secretary Augustinian Missions, Zammit Tabona Street, Pieta’ PTA 1331.

We continue to keep in our prayers our brother Fr. Rikkardu and the Malta Augustinian Province. O Lord grant him eternal rest.

On the evening of Thursday 31 October, a concert by the pianist Naoko Aburaki was held in the corridor of the Convent of St Augustine in Valletta. Aburaki, a Japanese pianist, played pieces by renowned composers such as Bach, Schubert, Debussy and Chopin. After the concert, those who attended the concert had the opportunity to visit parts of the convent and to dine in the refectory of the same convent.

This activity is organised on the initiative of Mrs Xenia Lorenz-Rebers. The aim behind this concert is to offer a particular experience within the convent and to promote the Augustinian cultural patrimony while raising funds for the restoration of the old convent chapel.

On Thursday 14th and Friday 15th November, the College celebrated the Awards Evening for the previous scholastic year, at the Hall in the Primay Campus in Marsa. Hon. Minister Evarist Bartolo attended the Awards Evening on Thursday, together with the Director of the Secretariat for Catholic Education, Mr Ian Mifsud. Students were awarded for their academic achievements in gaining first in particular subjects and in their year groups, as well as for achieving high marks. The College believes that students who improve their attainment are also awarded, since improving once skills and viewing learning with a positive attitude is a key element in Augustinian education. Moreover, students with high appraisal points, were presented with Bronze, Silver and Gold Behaviour Awards, and special prizes awarded for students with a Community Spirit as well as those displaying aptitude towards some of the multiple intelligences.

The learning community during both evenings celebrated the artistic virtues of the students, with both the participation of the Primary and Secondary Campus choirs, the Secondary Campus band, and various drama sketches from the Drama Students of both Campuses. Students recited short literary works in the languages being taught at the College. Both Evenings were the result of a strong community spirit among the educators who worked hard as a team to provide the learners with yet another learning experience while exploiting their potential and sharing it with the guardians who entrust their sons in our care.

On Wednesday 13th November, the anniversary of the birth of St Augustine, the Lay Augustinians celebrated the feast of all the saints of the Augustinian Order at the Chapel of the Monastery of the Augustinian Nuns of Contemplative Life in Valletta. Mass was celebrated by the Provincial Fr Leslie Gatt OSA. During Mass, prayers were said for the intention of Augustinian vocations. After Mass, the lay Augustinians had the opportunity to visit the Monastery and meet the Contemplative Nuns while sharing some fellowship. Our thanks go to the Contemplative Nuns for their warm welcome.


‘Is the Media serving or betraying Maltese society?’ was the first title in a series of informal discussion meetings on the general theme ‘Society at a Crossroads’, organised by The Augustinian Cloister Foundation, Malta, at the historic refectory of the Augustinian convent of St Mark in Rabat, Malta. Friday 25th October 2019 saw the first group which was made up of a good cross section of well-known journalists and opinion leaders. It was moderated by Professor Andrew Azzopardi. The event saw an active and fruitful discussion which was well received, enjoyed good feedback and was followed up through interviews and reporting on various media.

'Society at a Crossroads' is a series of informal discussion meetings organised by The Augustinian Cloister Foundation, Malta, starting in October 2019 and being held for groups of select persons, chosen from professionals and other persons with diverse experiences of life. The main aim of these meetings is to elicit from them ideas and thoughts that can be useful to society in general. The format of these discussions is based on a brief introduction from a moderator/opinion leader, followed by an open and free discussion on the particular theme as it applies to the members taking part in the discussion.

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