Participation in the Closure of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
On the 20th of November, members and candidates in Malta and Gozo participated in the celebrations held in the respective Diocese marking the closure of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Members in Malta gathered at Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina where they took part in the Solemn Mass presided by the Archbishop. Members in Gozo participated inHoly Mass held at the Church of Our Lady of Graces in Victoria.
Visit by Dr Michael Downey
Dr Michael Downey was invited by the SDC to Malta between the 17th and the 30th of October. On Wednesday 19th October he addressed members during the General Meeting and shared his reflections on ‘The Crucified is no stranger’. On Thursday 20th October, he delivered a public lecture on ‘Hope begins where hope begins’. The lecture was held at the Dar il-Ħanin Samaritan Conference Centre. Between the 21st and 23rd of October Dr Downey led a residential weekend retreat for SDC members at Mt. St. Joseph Retreat House.
Pilgrimage by Notre Dame University (USA) group
A group of seventeen students accompanied by Prof. Lenny De Lorenzo and Fr. Pete McCormick CSC, the Director of Campus Ministry, visited Malta on a pilgrimage organized by the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the Notre Dame University, South Bend (IN) USA. together with the SDC. The pilgrimage was held between the 15th and 23rd October 2016. The pilgrims had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Catholic heritage of the islands and the spirituality of St. George Preca and the SDC. The pilgrimage included a meeting with H.E. Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, seminars by SDC members, visits to SDC Centres and a works of mercy project at Id-Dar tal-Providenza.
New SDC Centre in Durrës, Albania
A new SDC Centre was established in Durrës Albania. The Superior General appointed David Dye, former Superior of the SDC Centre in Korçë, Albania as the first Superior and Francis Zahra as a member in the new Centre. Currently these members are living with the Maltese Community of Dominican Friars in Durrës. The first meeting was held on 21st October 2016. Durrës is the second most important city in Albania - second only to Tirana, the capital city. The number of Catholics in Durrës is constantly increasing, since many Catholics are coming from the north of the country and are settling here.