From the 15th to the 16th of March, the Maltese Augustinian Friars met for the First Part of the Ordinary Provincial Chapter which is being celebrated at The Santa Rita Priory in Saint Julians. On the eve of the opening of the Chapter, a prayer vigil was held in St. Nicholas of Tolentino Church, in Tarxien. The Chapter is a general meeting in which religious people gather to celebrate and evaluate their lives, while planning their program for the next four years. Augustinians serve the Church and society in various fields, in Malta and abroad.

The Chapter opened on the morning of Tuesday, March 15, with the Mass of the Holy Spirit in which the Assistant General of the Order of Saint Augustine, Fr. Javier Perez Barba O.S.A. confirmed the election of Fr. Leslie Gatt O.S.A. for another mandate as Prior Provincial which he will be serving for the next four years. The first day proceded with the opening speech by the President of the Chapter, a report on the situation of the Province by the Prior Provincial and a report by the Provincial Treasurer.

In a session held on Wednesday morning, March 16, the officials of the Province were elected with the members of the Provincial Council being Fr. Terence Spiteri O.S.A., Fr. Alexander Cauchi O.S.A., Fr. Mario Abela O.S.A. and Fr. Paul Formosa O.S.A.. Fr. Franco Grech O.S.A. was elected Provincial Secretary while Fr. Pierre Desira O.S.A. Provincial Treasurer.

Discussions will continue in the coming days in the Provincial Council until the Province will meet again in a Plenary Assembly for the Second Part of the Chapter which will be held between the 18 and 22 April 2022.



The Maltese Augustinian Province invites all those who wish to join for a moment of prayer to be held on the eve of the opening of the Ordinary Provincial Chapter 2022. The Ordinary Provincial Chapter is a moment that the Province celebrates every four years and brings about an opportunity to the religious brethren to come together, evaluate the reality of their life and mission, and plan for the future.

In preparation for this event, a moment of prayer will be organized to which, all those who collaborate with the friars in one way or another, or attend Augustinian churches and other realities, are invited. The moment of prayer will be animated by the Secular Augustinian Fraternity and will be presided over by the Assistant to the Prior General of the Order Fr. Javier Perez Barba OSA. It is an occasion for all of us to pray to the Lord to accompany the religious  brethren along this journey at this particular time in the life of the Province.

The Vigil will be held on Monday 14 March, at St. Nicholas of Tolentino Church in Tarxien and will start at 6.30pm (lasts about an hour). At 6pm there will be a mass. The presence of each and every one of you at this time will be greatly appreciated.


In a message from the General Curia, Fr Paul Graham OSA, Assistant to the Prior General and Coordinator of the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, appealed to the whole Order of Saint Augustine “to pray for Peace during this dangerous moment when Russia has decided to invade Ukraine”.

In his message he outlined the fact that “the consequences of war are unpredictable and no one knows how this crisis will end.” It can actually have “catastrophic consequences for the entire world and not just for Europe.”

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has launched a day of prayer and fasting for peace on Wednesday, March 2, which will be Ash Wednesday. On behalf of the General Council and the Commission, Fr. Paul urged all members of the Augustinian family to unite with all the faithful around the world in this initiative.”.

Every month, different groups of students from our Secondary Campus, have the opportunity of participating meetings with the community of Friars at Pieta’. During this time they have a good plate of pasta or pizza, moments of prayer, discussion groups and also a bit of playtime in the convent’s basement that is equipped with a variety of relaxing activities such as billiard, table tennis, table soccer, board games, etc....

These activities are organised monthly by the College’s chaplaincy together with the community of Friars during the students’ breaks and also after school hours. Apart from these meetings, live-ins are also organised in the convent as also other similar activities outside school hours. These are just a few of the activities that are held during the year as part of the pastoral work with youths and vocational discernment.



The walk to Santiago

The Augustinian Youths group Malta is currently making preparations to undergo an experience in Spain as part of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage planned for the upcoming Summer recess. This experience, typically known simply as “Camino de Santiago”, is an encounter of numerous pilgrims from all around the World who walk along various pilgrim routes which meet at the tomb of St. James (Santiago) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.

This involves walking different routes of at least 100km in the form of a spiritual retreat, and for this reason the Augustinian Youths group is now undertaking various physical challenges as part of the preparations necessary to undertake such a journey. Training has recently involved several walks of approximately 15km around the island of Malta and along different routes with varying terrain and difficulty. Several other walks are planned along the way, effectively leading to the ultimate Camino experience which is intended as a 10-day journey along the Portuguese route during the month of August 2022.

This route, also known as the Coastal Way, is a quieter but equally impressive alternative route to the traditional central way of the Portuguese Camino. Our starting point will be the beautiful city of Porto and follows the Atlantic coastline and the sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Galicia. The scope of undertaking these challenges in preparation for the Camino is not a competitive one, as the purpose stretches beyond the level of fitness of the person undertaking the journey. Whilst some pilgrims might take longer than other to make it to Santiago de Compostela, the challenge is merely a personal and spiritual one. However, physical preparation before our departure will be a massive benefit for the group along the way, reducing the chances of injuries and adding strength and stability training to keep our Maltese pilgrims steady.

The entire group is composed of around ten individuals from different walks of life, with distinct talents, abilities, interests and experiences, and together this gives us strength and hope to support one another mentally, physically and spiritually so that this experience will be fruitful towards one another, leaving a positive impact within the lives of everyone of us. 

This is one of the few activities being organized by Augustinian Youths. Various other activities such as discussions, hikes, moments of prayers, voluntary work etc... are offered to youths between 20 and 35yrs. If you are in this age bracket or know someone who would like to join Augustinian Youths, you can contact Fr Terence Spiteri osa on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through Augustinian Youths Facebook. 

Edward Abela

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