Hilary Tagliaferro

  1. When were you born and where did you live? 

I was born on 28 October 1934 at Tarxien and was brought up there during the bombing of World War II.

  1. Where did you receive your primary; secondary and post-secondary education? 

At the local primary school and at the Lyceum until 1950. After that I started my novitiate in Gozo when I was 16 years of age.

  1. When did you feel the call for a vocation with the Augustinians and what brought this about? 

Fr. Egidio galea OSA used to give me lessons in Latin and I admired the Augustinian Friars at Tarxien who were welcomed by the community. From then onwards I kept searching for and discovering what God wanted from me!

  1. What do you like doing in your free time? 

I read a lot; swim; play the piano and watch football!

  1. Can you mention an interesting book you read? What was the subject matter? 

The last beautiful book I read (twice) was entitled ‘Alive in God’ written by Fr. Timothy Radcliffe OP (ex-Provincial General of the Dominicans) and I also enjoyed re-reading Dostojevski’s ‘Crime and Punishment’.

  1. Do you have a favourite quotation/saying? 

I have a number of favourite quotations from St. Augustine’s writings but the one I value very much is what Nelson Mandela said on being released after 28 years in prison i.e. ‘As I walked out of the door of prison towards my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred and bitterness behind me, I would still be in prison.’

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