On Wednesday 20 October 2021 all friars of the Augustinian Province attended a meeting in preparation for the 2022 Provincial Chapter. The meeting commenced with vespers in memory of St. Madalen of Nagasaki, Virgin and Augustinian Martyr.

Mr Andre’ Paul Debattista, Assistant Lecturer at the Institute for European Studies was Invited to this meeting. He expounded on an analysis of the replies received to a questionnaire that had been circulated amongst the laity who are close to us Augustinians. Prior to that presentation, Prior Provincial, Fr. Leslie Gatt OSA spoke about the responses received from the friars themselves to another questionnaire.

Opportunity is taken to thank all the laity who responded to the questionnaire which had been sent to them. We ask you to pray for us as we prepare ourselves for the 2022 Provincial Chapter.



Between the 11th and 15th of October a group of Augustinian friars gathered at the Stella Maris Retreat House in Zebbug Gozo for a few days of prayer and reflection. During these days, the friars had the opportunity to have a break from their daily routine and reflect on their own calling, accompanied by Mons. Frans Abdilla who animated these days.

In addition to the interesting and current reflections shared by Fr Frans, the friars took the opportunity to share their experiences and reflected on excerpts from the Confessions of St. Augustine. These days were even a wonderful opportunity for religious from different communities to come together and share the beauty of the Augustinian religious life away from pastoral commitments. These days of retreat came to a close with the celebration of the eucharist in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of ta’ Pinu.

 


On 1st October starts the accademic year of the Augustinian Institute.

As from this year, besides the possibility of following the activities at Saint Augustine’s College in Pietà, you can also follow them on the facebook page of the Maltese Augustinian Province: https://www.facebook.com/Agostinjani

 

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Here is the programm of activities for the month of October:

Friday, 1st October, at 6pm

Holy Mass

 

Wednesday, 6th October, at 7pm

23rd Annual Saint Augustine Lecture: Human mortality in St Augustine’s City of God

 

Thursday, 7th October, at 6pm

23rd Annual Saint Augustine Lecture: St Augustine’s understanding of the Church as a Conciliatory, Critical and Christological Community

 

Friday, 8th October, at 6pm

Waħda u Sħiħa hija l-Imħabba. L-ewwel kummentarju ta’ Santu Wistin fuq l-Ewwel Ittra ta’ San Ġwann

(St Augustine’s first commentary on the First Letter of St John)

Lecture will be in Maltese

 

Friday, 15th October, at 6pm

Waħda u Sħiħa hija l-Imħabba. It-tieni kummentarju ta’ Santu Wistin fuq l-Ewwel Ittra ta’ San Ġwann

(St Augustine’s second commentary on the First Letter of St John)

Lecture will be in Maltese

 

Friday, 22nd October, at 6pm

Waħda u Sħiħa hija l-Imħabba. It-tielet kummentarju ta’ Santu Wistin fuq l-Ewwel Ittra ta’ San Ġwann

(St Augustine’s third commentary on the First Letter of St John)

Lecture will be in Maltese

 

Friday, 29th October, at 6pm

Waħda u Sħiħa hija l-Imħabba. Ir-raba’ kummentarju ta’ Santu Wistin fuq l-Ewwel Ittra ta’ San Ġwann

(St Augustine’s fourth commentary on the First Letter of St John)

Lecture will be in Maltese


On the 9th and 10th October 2021, Pope Francis opened formally the Synodal Journey of the Church which will reach its climax in the Synod of Bishops to be held at the Vatican in October 2023.

Pope Francis had announced the convocation of a Synod of Bishops way back in May 2021 with the theme being the ‘synodal journey’ itself, “For a synodal Church: Communion, participation, and mission.”  A new team proposed a renewed Synodal process starting in the local Church. Pope Francis has trusted this project to the leadership of His Emm. Mons Mario Grech as newly appointed Secretary to the Synod. Amongst his two closest collaborators there is also the Augustinian Mons Luis Marin de San Martin who visited Malta several times as Assistant General of the Order responsible for the South European Region.

In the meantime Mons Charles Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta will open the Synodal Journey in the Archdiocese with a Mass celebrated at the Mellieha Sanctuary next Sunday 17th October at 9.30am. The mass will be transmitted on TVM. Mons. Anton Teuma will then open the same process in the Diocese of Gozo with a Mass at the Gozo Cathedral on the same day at 7.15pm.

Let us all participate actively in the itinerary proposed by the Secretariat of the Synod, in which every Christian is to question himself on synodality being in the words of Pope Francis, ‘a decisive theme for the life and mission of the Church.’ Above all, it is recommended that all the faithful feel the responsibility to support this journey with their prayers.


On Friday, September 17, the Prior General of the Order of St. Augustine, Fr. Alejandro Moral Anton paid a short visit to the Priory of St. Augustine in Victoria Gozo and the Monastery of the Augustinian Contemplative Sisters in Valletta.

Over the past few days, the Prior General was in Gozo on an invitation of the Diocese of Gozo to preach a retreat for priests held at Dar Manresa. Finishing the retreat, on Friday, Fr. Alejandro paid a short visit to St Augustine Priory in Victoria, where he met the Augustinian Community and the Prior Provincial.

Before leaving for the airport, the Prior General paid a visit to the Augustinian Community of Comtemplative Sisters at their monastery in Valletta. This visit was an expression of support for the Augustinian Community which has lost two nuns in the last two months, and an opportunity to discuss the possibility of further support from the Order.


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