The Augustinians (OSA)

Abstracts from THE MALTESE MISSIONARY EXPERIENCE – 06
by Fr John Caruana

The Augustinian Province in Brazil was established in 1962. It was the year of the Ecumenical Vatican Council II when the bishop of the State of Mato Grosso. Campo Grande, met a Maltese Augustinian priest, Fr Fulgensius Galea OSA in Rome. They discussed the possibility of the Maltese Augustinian Province opening a mission in his diocese. Fr Fulgensius welcomed the invitation and presented this proposal to the Provincial Fr Ugolin Gatt. Together with Fr Paul Spiteri he proceeded to Mato Grosso which lies some 2500 kilometres away from Sao Paulo in the heart of Brazil, to discuss the project with Mgr Anthony Barbosa SDB. The decision to join the mission was taken. Continue reading The Augustinians (OSA)

The Dominicans (OPJ)

Abstracts from THE MALTESE MISSIONARY EXPERIENCE – 05
by Fr John Caruana

Fr Dominic Ebejer and Fr Isnard Farrugia went to Brazil as missionaries through the Italian Vicariate of the Dominican Province of Bologna, Italy on the 21st December 1957, where they were welcomed by the Italian Friars. They were posted to the diocese of Goias, situated in the far west of Brazil, some 2500 kilometres away from Sao Paulo.

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The Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus (FCJ)

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by Fr John Caruana

During the fifties, a certain zealous priest in Jaguapita, Parana Brazil, Fr Guido Cagnoni (PIME) built a small school in his parish with the intention of handing over the running of the school to a female Religious Order.

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Fr John Mary Cauchi – Paraiba, Brazil

Abstracts from THE MALTESE MISSIONARY EXPERIENCE – 03
by Fr John Caruana

“He has a silent story, but which says a lot.”

With these words the young secretary of the Pastoral Commission for Land Reform (CPT), Maria das Graças Teixeira Rodriguez, described the work of Fr John Mary Cauchi, formerly of Għarb, Gozo. “He always worked with his companions as a team, defending the farmers who were being threatened by the landowners.” The CPT declared on several occasions that, The Land belongs to humanity as a whole and not to a few selected landowners. The Land belongs to God and as such should be considered as being The Land of the Brethren. 
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Fr Raymond Portelli – The Priest-Doctor

Abstracts from THE MALTESE MISSIONARY EXPERIENCE – 02
by Fr John Caruana

Fr Raymond Portelli of Nadur Gozo has now been serving deep in the Peruvian Amazon for the last fifteen years or so in the town of Iquitos, a two hour flight away from Lima. On finishing philosophy in Gozo, he decided to spend his sabbatical year in Peru on the advice of Fr Arthur Vella S.J. who at that time was the spiritual director at the Seminary of Gozo. Continue reading Fr Raymond Portelli – The Priest-Doctor

Go and Teach All Nations

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Fr John Caruana writing from Brazil

I would like to pass ondgc to the readers, on a weekly basis, selections from my book entitled THE MALTESE MISSSIONARY EXPERIENCE which, as its title infers, is full of experiences which reflect the real life of our missionaries including male and female members of religious orders, diocesan priests and  laypeople.

I would like to start this series with a selection from the contribution of Fr Tony Mercieca (MC) who started his vocation as a diocesan priest and later joined the Missionaries of Charity, known as the priests of Mother Theresa. Continue reading Go and Teach All Nations

Amoris Laetitia – The Controversy

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Celebrating my 50 years of priesthood, with all the pastoral experience I humbly acquired, I strongly believe that Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia, especially chapter eight, came as an extraordinary pastoral tool which will help one and all – fundamentalists included – in our discernment when we help those who still come to us. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to our bishops. Continue reading Amoris Laetitia – The Controversy