THE MERCIFUL SAMARITAN
On Saturday 4th June a new bronze sculpture showing The Merciful Samaritan was inaugurated at the Dar il-Ħanin Samaritan Conference Centre. The Superior General read the Parable of the Good Samaritan and afterwards member Tonio Caruana shared his reflections about the reading with all present. Mr. Mario Borg, the artist behind the sculpture, described how the original painting of Aimé Morot inspired him to create this image. Monsignor Lawrence Gatt blessed the new sculpture. As refreshments were served, all had the opportunity to appreciate this work of art.
YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGES (MALTA AND GOZO)
On Wednesday 1st June, the SDC organized a Year of Mercy pilgrimage for male and female members. The pilgrimage started at the Collegiate Church of the Immaculate Conception at Cospicua where all prayed the Robe of Honour. Afterwards all took part in a penitential walk to the Basilica of The Birth of Our Lady in Senglea. The Rosary of Mercy was recited during the walk. After entering through the Jubilee Door, a penitential service was held, using reflections from the Founder’s Psalm on the Mercy of God. The Sacrament of Reconciliation was celebrated during the Service. Concurrently, Gozitan members organized a similar pilgrimage at the Sanctuaru#y of the Immaculate Conception in Qala.
CELEBRATING THE FEAST OF ST. GEORGE PRECA
Between the 5th and 6th May Fr. Kevin Schembri, the Ecclesiastical Assistant and the Rector of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal said the Triduum Masses in preparation for the feast of St. George Preca. On Sunday 8th May, the Diocese of Gozo organized its Annual Pilgrimage on the occason of the feast of the Founder. On Monday 9th May, the Vicar General, Mgr. Joseph Galea Curmi presided Solemn Mass of the Feast of St. George Preca in the Chapel. He was joined by several priests and religious. During the homily he highlighted similarities between the teachings of St George Preca and Misericordiae Vultus written by Pope Francis.
INAUGURATION OF A MONUMENT OF ST GEORGE PRECA (GOZO)
On Friday 6th May, the Diocese of Gozo inaugurated a bronze monument of St. George Preca which was placed in a niche in the façade of St. James Church in Independence Square, Victoria. The monument is the work of Gozitan artist Manuel Farrugia and was founded by Domus Dei Foundry in Rome. The inauguration ceremony, entitled ‘Gozo remembers Dun Ġorġ’ included reflections by the artist himself, Superior General Natalino Camilleri, the Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo and H.E. Bishop Mario Grech. At the end of the Ceremony, the Bishop blessed the new monument.