Academic Year 2023

1st Semester (January – March 2023)

Augustinian Catechism

 De catechizandis rudibus

 

 

Friday, 13th January 2023 (6.00 – 7.30pm)

Searching and Confessing.Augustine of Hippo’s Quench for Wisdom and  Truth (Prof. Salvino Caruana OSA)

VENUE:

MILLENNIUM HALL (Augustinians, Millennium Chapel, Church Street, Paceville, St Julian’s)

 

PANEL:

Rev. Dr Stefan Attard SThD (Greg.)

Dean Faculty of Theology, University of Malta

 

Rev. Canon Dr. Jonathan Farrugia

HOD, Dept of Patrology, Church History & Paleo-Christian Archeology, Faculty of Theology, University of Malta

                                                           

Friday, 20 ta’ January 2023

Opening of the academic year 2023

 

Eucahristic Celebration

Presided  P. Leslie Gatt OSA

Provincial – President Ist.Agost.

 

Introduction of the new academic year 2023

Prof. P. Salvinu Caruana OSA

 

Friday, 27th January 2023

Il-katekeżi ta’ S. Wistin kontra d-Donatisti

Rev. P. Desira OSA (Ist. Agost.)

           

Friday, 3rd February 2023

Il-katekeżi ta’ S. Wistin kontra l-Manikej

Mario Attard ofm.cap. (Ist. Agost.)

 

Friday, 17th February 2023

Katekeżi Nisranija għat-tfulija llum

Rev. Dr Carl-Mario Sultana (UOM)

 

Friday, 24th February 2023

 Il-katekeżi ta’ S. Wistin kontra l-Pelaġjani

Andrè P. Debattista (Ist. Agost. - UOM)

 

 

Friday, 3rd March 2023

 Il-katekeżi Nisranija fil-kitbiet tal-Missirijiet tal-Knisja Griega

fis-seklu 4

Revdu Papàs Prof. Martin Zammit

Prof. tal-Ilsna u l-Kulturi tal-Lvant Nofsani, u Asjatiiċi (Fak. Arti – UOM)

 

Friday, 10th March 2023       

Il-katekeżi Nisranija f’xi Missirijiet tal-Knisja Griega fis-seklu 4-5

Rev. Kan. Jonathan Farrugia (Ist.Agost. - Kap tad-Dip. Fak.Teol. - UOM)

 

Friday, 17th March 2023

Il-katekeżi Nisranija ta’ S. Girgor ta’ Nissa

Rev. Kan. Jonathan Farrugia (Ist.Agost. - HOD. - Fak.Teol. - UOM)

 

Friday, 24th March 2023

Is-siwi tal-Missirijiet tal-Knisja għall-katekeżi Nisranija tal-Papa Franġisku

Revdu Mons. Prof. Hector Scerri (Ist. Agost. – Fak. Teol. - UOM)

 

 L-24 edizzjoni tal-Annual Saint Augustine Lecture - 2023

Kelliem: Il-Professur Dr Henry Eguiarte Bendimez OAR

   Editur tar-rivista Augustinus

 

The role of De Catechizandis rudibus within the process of a

Christian Initiation programme in Hippo

Wednesday, 29th March 2023 fis-7.00pm

Fis-sala KSU tal-Università ta’ Malta, tal-Qroqq Msida

Moderatur: Revdmu Monsinjur Professur Hector Scerri  

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Thursday, 30th March 2023 fis-6.15pm

Fis-sala fil-Kunvent S. Rita, f’Baystreet, S. Ġiljan

 Il-Professur Henry Eguiarte Bendimez jitħadded dwar:

 

The “Book of Creation”. Augustine and Ecology

 Moderatur: Is-Sur Andre’ Debattista  

 

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Ħajr minn qalbi lid-

Dekan tal-Fakultà tat-Teoloġija tal-Università ta’ Malta Revd Dr Stefan Attard SThD,

lil P. Pierre Desira OSA Ass. Dir. Ist. Agost., għall-ħidma koordinata minnu

lis-Segretarja Amministrattiva Ms Antoinette Borg

lir-Revdmu Monsinjur Professur Hector Scerri

lill-Kan. Dr Jonathan Farrugia Kap tad-Dip. tal-Patroloġija,

Fakultà tat-Teoloġija fl-Università ta’ Malta

lis-Sur André P. Debattista Lekċerer, Università ta’ Malta

u lis-Sur Mario Randon, supervisor/tekniku – Kumpless S. Rita

Wara jkun hemm riċeviment.

24th Annual Saint Augustine Lecturer - 2023

 

Professor Dr Henry Eguiarte Bendimez OAR, editur tal-Augustinus

 

 Sena Akkademika 2023

It-2 Semestru (April 2023 – Ġunju 2023)

 

Wistin dwar kitbietu

Ir-Ritrattazzjonijiet ta’ S. Wistin f’2 kotba

Il-Ġimgħa, 14 t’April 2023 (6.00 – 7.00pm)

Rev. Prof. Salvinu Caruana OSA (Ist. Agost.)        

Daħla għar-Retractationes ta’ S. Wistin

 

Il-Ġimgħa, 21 t’April 2023 (6.00 – 7.00pm)         

 Mr Ivan Said (EU Brussels)

 Ħjiel siewi dwar it-traduzzjonijiet bl-Ilsien Malti tal-kitbiet ta’ S. Wistin

 

 Il-Ġimgħa, 28 t’April 2023 (6.00-7.00pm)

Rev. P. Pierre Desira OSA (Ist. Agost.)

 L-Elenku tal-kitbiet ta’ S.Wistin skont S. Possidju, isqof ta’ Kalama

 

Il-Ġimgħa, 5 ta’ Mejju 2023 (6.00 – 7.00pm)

 Rev. Prof. P. Salvinu Caruana OSA (Ist. Agost.)

Xi ħjiel dwar it-trattati bibliċi fir-Retractationes ta’ S Wistin

 

 Il-Ġimgħa, 12 ta’ Mejju 2023 (6.00 – 7.00pm)

Rev. P. Desira OSA (Ist. Agost.)

Xi ħjiel dwar l-Ittri u d-Diskorsi ta’ S.Wistin

 

Il-Ġimgħa, 19 ta’ Mejju 2023 (6.00 – 7.00pm)

Onor. Imħallef Emeritus Dottor Silvio Meli (Ist.Agost.)

It-trattati kontra l-Manikejiżmu fir-Retractationes ta’ S. Wistin

 

Il-Ġimgħa, 26 ta’ Mejju 2023 (6.00 – 7.00pm)

Mr Andre’ DeBattista (UOM – Ist.Agost)

It-trattati kontra d-Donatiżmu fir-Retractationes ta’ S. Wistin

 

Il-Ġimgħa, 2 ta’ Ġunju 2023 (6.00 – 7.00pm)

Rev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia (UOM – Ist.Agost.)

It-trattati kontra l-Pelaġjaniżmu fir-Retractationes ta’ S. Wistin

 

Il-Ġimgħa, 9 ta’ Ġunju 2023 (6.00 – 7.00pm)

 Rev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia (UOM – Ist.Agost.)

It-trattati kontra s-Semi-Pelaġjaniżmu fir-Retractiones ta’ S. Wistin

 

Il-Ġimgħa, 16 ta’ Ġunju 2023 (6.00 – 7.00pm)

Dr Ritienne Debono MD (Ist.Agost.)

It-trattati kontra l-Arjaniżmu fir-Retractiones ta’ S. Wistin

 

 

Il-Ġimgħa, 23 ta’ Ġunju 2023

Iqassam iċ-Ċertifikat ta’ Attendenza

Il-WR Kan. Dr Jonathan FARRUGIA

Kap tad-Dipartiment tal-Ġrajja tal-Knisja,

Patroloġija, u Arkeoloġija Paleonisranija

Koordinatur tal-Kors tal-BA (Theol.& Human Studies)

Fakultà tat-Teoloġija

Università ta’ Malta

Fis-6.15pm fis-sede l-ġdida tal-Istitut Agostinjan



A team of educators from St Augustine College, together with our College Rector Fr David Cortis osa, had the opportunity to attend a very fruitful course in Helsinki, Finland, together with educators from other European countries as part of the Erasmus+, EU’s programme. This experience was first and foremost a realization of how much our college is working within high standards, as it was noticed that some practices and methods used in Finland, are also being applied in our college. It was evident that the sense of teamwork throughout all the year groups between educators as well as the school leadership team, is one of the major keys for success. All educators work together to reach a common goal, the overall well-being of their students. The students’ academic improvement is not the main priority within these schools. Instead, activities are held in a fun way, involving lots of hands-on tasks, use of technology, sports, and other enjoyable assignments.

Through these, set goals are effectively reached. The importance of being physically active on a regular basis, throughout the day, was also something which was particularly noticed. All the Maltese team experienced this first hand during the course; this resulted in higher concentration and motivation levels. Students’ opinions and ideas are given a great deal of importance in Finnish schools; from lessons held to recreational equipment in school grounds.

All the team came back undoubtedly full of new ideas which are already being shared with the rest of the college community, with the determination to get everyone onboard and work hand in hand for one common ultimate objective: the students’ well-being. Unity is strength!

 

Ms Daniela Buttigieg

Primary Teacher – St Augustine College


On Sunday 4 September the Augustinian Family celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lady Mother of Consolation, patron of the Augustinian Order. When years ago, in the Church and in the Mendicant Orders, the devotion to our Lady Mary began to be shaped, the Augustinian Order adopted the ancient symbol of the cincture. It was in that context that the tradition grew over the years, that Mary appeared to Saint Monica and gave her this symbol as a sign of comfort and consolation as she struggled  after her son Augustine and encouraged him to rediscover God.

The liturgy of the feast will be celebrated in all Augustinian churches on the very Day being the 4th September. In Malta the Feast will be celebrated with a full program in the Church of Saint Augustine in Valletta on Saturday 3rd September, and in the Church of Saint Mark in Rabat on Saturday 10th September. In both churches there are days of preparation and a devotional pilgrimage on the day of the Feast. In Gozo the Feast is celebrated in the Church of Saint Augustine in Victoria, on Sunday 4th September in the morning.

Our Lady of Consolation or as we commonly know her, Our Lady of the Cincture, is actually a very old devotion in our country and is also celebrated in various villages and Parishes where we can still find active confraternities.


The 187th General Chapter of the Order of Saint Augustine, opened on Sunday September 11, 2022, with the Mass of the Holy Spirit presided over by the Prior General P. Alejandro Moral Anton O.S.A.. This Intermediate General Chapter is being held in the City of San Diego in California, in the United States.

Around 40 representatives of the different circumscriptions of the Order around the world, are gathering with the Prior General and the members of the General Council to discuss and evaluate the life of the Order and its commitment in the apostolate and mission of the Church. This experience of synodality is offering an opportunity for personal reflection and a common dialogue particularly on the theme of the renewal of the Order in the contrast between the ideals and the challenges offered by the contemporary world.

The capitular members will be discussing a working document named 'Renovatio' towards a renewal program of the Order. The document practically talks about five themes: Spirituality; the Apostolate and Evangelization; Poverty and Social Justice; Vocations; and the Formation of New Candidates. In addition to these, the decisions that were taken in the previous Ordinary General Chapter held in Rome in 2019, and other themes that can be presented according to need, will also be discussed.

The Maltese Augustinian Province is being represented by the Prior Provincial Fr Leslie Gatt O.S.A. The Augustinians encourage everyone to unite in a spirit of prayer so that this moment be lived as a moment of grace for the Augustinian Family spread in so many countries around the world.

 


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of fr George Bezzina who went to meet the risen Lord early this morning at the venerable age of 94. Fr George was lately residing at the Christus Sacerdos residence for elderly priests in Birkirkara.

Father George was born in Gharghur on March 29, 1928 and joined the Augustinian Family in 1946. After completing his studies, he was ordained priest on March 21, 1953. He spent the first years of his ministry in the Communities of Rabat Malta and Victoria in Gozo where he was responsible for the formation of the professed students and later of the novices. In 1961 he was sent for two years of missionary work at La Goulette in Tunis and later returned to Malta where he continued his work in the field of formation as master of the novices. In the late sixties he was sent to the Valletta community where he served for a few years as vice-Parish Priest in the newly erected Parish. In the early seventies he was sent to the mission in Brazil where he worked for more than twenty-five years in various realities and serving in different responsibilities. In 1998 he then left Brazil and joined the Annaba community in Algeria where he served for another eight years. Back to Malta in 2006 he joined the community of Victoria Gozo and in 2010 he once again became part of the Community of Valletta where he remained until in 2018 he was admitted to the Christus Sacerdos residence for elderly priests due to health limitations. .

Apart from his missionary work for more than 35 years, Fr. George in Malta served for many years in the formation of young augustinians and was till the very end so passionate to ask and speak about the animation and prayer for vocations. Funeral Mass ill be celebrated tomorrow, 31st August 2022 at Saint Augustine Parish Church in Valletta followed by internment in the graves of the Augustinian Province at the Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetry.

The Augustinian Province commends the soul of this dear brother to the mercy of God through your prayers.


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