The Church, in her wisdom…

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Our seminary community was reminded quite a number of times of the Church’s wisdom during the Affective Maturity & Healthy Celibate Chastity in Seminary Formation and Priestly Life & Ministry seminar led by Rev. Dr Gerard Fieldhouse-Byrne, from St Luke’s Centre in Manchester. The seminar was held at the Seminary, between 9 and 11 February. Fr Fieldhouse-Byrne emphasised upon the reality that the priest is, first of all, a...

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Life at the Seminary… in Zambia!

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In January 2017, Fr Mark Sultana – spiritual director at the Archbishop’s Seminary – travelled to Kitwe, Zambia to deliver a series of lectures at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary. We were curious to find out about seminarians there and seminary life, about their call and vocation. What’s different? What’s similar? Below is the first of two experiences we shall publish this week. This was written by Francis Songwe....

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Forming Priests in a Post-Trump Era – Part 2

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(You can read Part 1 of this article here) Beyond the establishment and anti-establishment Analysis of recent political trends reveals that there is a dissatisfaction with the “establishment” that is entrenched in its self-serving policies and not listening to the aspirations of the people. In this context, to portray oneself as “anti-establisment” can also become trendy. Yet, does this condone and justify a divisive, demeaning language that...

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Forming priests for the post-Trump era – Part 1

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According to the Washington Post, Clinton and Trump raised slightly more than 2 billion dollars for their campaign for Presidency. The Seminary in Malta – crowdfunded from parishes – gets an average of €120,000 for the entire year. So it might sound stupid to explore how to prepare young people as priests for the post-Trump era. The impression one gets is that it is more catering for a niche market for the few people who still have Sunday mass...

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Three seminarians make promise of celibacy

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Sinclair Bugeja from Iklin, Ryan Lee Pace from Gżira, and Mark Spiteri from Ħaż-Żebbuġ, yesterday evening made their promise of celibacy during a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna in the chapel of the Benedictine Monastery in Mdina. The promise of celibacy was made in preparation for their upcoming diaconate ordination which is to take place later this month on the 28th of October in St John’s Co-Cathedral. During the...

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