A joyous celebration commemorates the beginning of the Augustinian Friars' educational mission in Malta

On Monday 23rd October, the Educational Community of St. Augustine College together with the Maltese Augustinian Province commemorated the 175th anniversary of the opening of the first scholastic year of St Augustine School at that time in the Augustinian Priory in Valletta. That was the beginning of the first Church School for Maltese children. This anniversary was commemorated this morning through a joyful celebration presided over by the Vicar General, H.E. Mons. Joseph Galea Curmi, under the distinguished Patronage of the Acting President Prof. Frank Bezzina, in the absence of the President of Malta who is abroad. H.E. Mons. Savio Hon Tai-Fai S.D.B. Apostolic Nuncio for Malta, wasa alos present together with representatives from the Secretariat of Catholic Education and several Augustinian religious who over the years worked or were students at the College as were also several other priests.

The celebration took place in the Parish Church of Saint Sebastian in Qormi where all the students of the College which today count around 800, and the members of the Staff, could gather. The center of the activity was the celebration of the Eucharist of thanksgiving. A good number of students took part in the celebration in various ways, particularly through joyful singing, reading, a short performance after the Gospel, presentation of symbols, the presence of the Air Scouts, and the service at the altar. A good number of educators and other members of the College staff also participated in the activity in various ways, and collaborated in the preparation and organization of the whole event.

Let us pray the Lord to continue to bless this Educational Community.

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