The Bishop of Tripoli welcomed at Dar tal-Providenza “where the presence of Jesus’s love is felt”

On Tuesday 14th September 2021, the Bishop of Tripoli, H.E. Mgr George Bugeja OFM paid a visit to Dar tal-Providenza in Siġġiewi. He concelebrated mass at the Home’s chapel with Fr Martin Micallef, Director and Fr Trevor Fairclough, Spiritual Director and with a number of residents, workers and volunteers in attendance always respecting the anti-COVID-19 measures in place by our Health Authorities.

Later, Bishop Bugeja had the opportunity to see the various services offered by the Home amongst which where the aquatherapy, the multisensory rooms, the Agricultural Centre and SPRED.
Bishop Bugeja thanked Fr Martin for inviting him to visit the Home saying it was a pleasure for him to meet up with the residents and see for himself the invaluable work done by the workers and administrators. He added that Dar tal-Providenza is indeed a home where he could truly feel the presence of Jesus’s love reflected in the work and the dedication of all involved in order to ensure that each person lives a dignified life whilst given holistic help. Bishop Bugeja imparted his pastoral blessing.

56 years ago the first donation was made for the founding of Dar tal-Providenza

It was on the 12th September 1965 that Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi mentioned for the first time his idea of a home for persons with disability during a radio programme. A young lady who was listening in to the programme sought out Mgr Azzopardi to give him a donation of Lm100, in today’s Euro currency it amounts to around €230. She was saving this money to take a holiday abroad but instead wanted to go with Dun Mikiel’s dream and she gave him her savings to help out persons with disability.

Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi, then Ecclesiastical Assistant General of the Malta Catholic Action, had this dream to improve the quality of life of persons with disability especially those for whom it was difficult to continue living with their parents.

Through Dun Mikiel’s dream and vision Dar tal-Providenza came to life 56 years ago.

H.G. the Archbishop presented with Dar tal-Providenza’s Annual Report for 2020

H.G. the Archbishop, Charles J. Scicluna was presented with a copy of Dar tal-Providenza’s Annual Report for 2020. The presentation, that took place at the Siġġiewi Home, was made by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, in the presence of Mrs Nadine Camilleri Cassano, Administrator.

This is the second time that the report has been presented in a coloured booklet in Maltese accompanied by an abridged English version. The report lists the work done by the Home, in its commitment to continue offering a residental service of the highest quality to persons with disability who require such service. It goes without saying that the report covers amongst other things the measures adopted by the Home to counter the COVID-19 pandemic and how the residents were affected. The front page shows Prof. Charmaine Gauci during her visit to the Home.

One can view this report by visiting the website and clicking here..

The Annual Report is also presented every year to the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations as requested by law.

Photo: knisja.mt/ritratti

Insertion of Dar tal-Providenza Diary 2022

Every year, Dar tal-Providenza prints a diary to be distributed to all households in Malta and Gozo. To have this done, it is not only needed to print the diary but also to have it inserted in an envelope before distribution. At the moment, an appreciable number of volunteers are helping in the insertion process, amongst them volunteers from the parishes of Attard, St. Joseph the Worker in Birkirkara and Mellieħa. A group of Gozitan volunteers is also helping in this initiative. As in every year, the diary is distributed for free in every household by MaltaPost plc.

Those who might wish to give a helping hand in the insertion of the diary are welcome to send an email on info@dartalprovidenza.org or call on 21462844.

Dar tal-Providenza welcomes the nomination of the new Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations.

Dar tal-Providenza gladly welcomes the nomination of Mr Jesmond Saliba as the new Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations. We believe that as a person who has worked in and has this sector at heart, Mr Saliba, even though now in a regulatory role, can better understand the contribution that voluntary organisations gave and are giving to this country, as well as their limitations and difficulties.
Whilst we thank Mr Saliba for his contribution as member of the Home’s Board during these last ten years, we wish him well in his arduous task in favour of more transparent and accountable Voluntary Organisations, but at the same time we feel that the Commissioner is there to support them constantly along the way.

Fr Martin Micallef
Director

Congratulations to all employees for this Award by the Siġġiewi Local Council.

Hearty congratulations from Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Dar tal-Providenza.

All Dar tal-Providenza workers awarded the ‘Onorifiċenza Mertu Siġġiewi’

All the Dar tal-Providenza employees were awarded the ‘Onorifiċenza Mertu Siġġiewi’ durig a special ceremony organised by the Siġġiewi Local Council. President Emeritus, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, in the presence of the Mayor, Mr Domenic Grech, presented the award to Mrs Nadine Camilleri Cassano, the Administrator of the Home, on behalf of all employees.

Prof. Charmaine Gauci, who resides in Siġġiewi, was also one of the seven personalities recipient of the Award. The others were the ex-Archpriest, Fr Joe Grech, Dr Norbert Bugeja, Mro. Raymond Sant, Mr Albert Pace and Mr Grezzju Pace (deceased).

For all the Dar tal-Providenza employees, the year 2020 was neither normal nor easy but rather a year full of great challenges brought about by the pandemic. This was really a year of great challenges but also a year that showed the big heart, the determination, the dedication, the creativity and the hard work at the Home. These were, are and will remain the Dar tal-Providenza frontliners and we are all grateful to them.

AD MULTOS ANNOS Fr Martin and Fr Trevor

On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Dar tal-Providenza, and the 40th Anniversary of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr Trevor Fairclough, Spiritual Director of the Home, a thanksgiving mass was celebrated at the Home in Siġġiewi to which residents and employees were all invited to attend. At the end of the celebration, Grace Vassallo, one of the residents, presented two cards drawn by the residents themselves.

Fr Trevor was ordained priest by Archbishop Joseph Mercieca on July 11th 1981 at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta whilst Fr Martin was ordained priest by the same Archbishop on the 5th July 1996.

Dar tal-Providenza wishes to convey Ad Multos Annos to Fr Martin and Fr Trevor, who last Sunday, July 11th 2021 celebrated their 25th and 40th Anniversary of their Ordination to the priesthood respectively.

Dar tal-Providenza awarded the European Parliament’s European Citizen’s Prize 2021

The European Parliament has announced that Dar tal-Providenza has been awarded the European Citizen’s Prize 2021. The Home was nominated by PN MEPs Roberta Metsola and David Casa, for the project entitled ‘Monument of Mercy’ – with reference to Dar tal-Providenza’s work in providing homes within the community for people with disability.
The Siġġiewi Home was declared winner of the prestigous prize after a shortlisting of the various projects submitted.
The awarding committee acknowledged that during the last 56 years, Dar tal-Providenza has always provided homes with a family-like environment for persons with disability who could not live with their family. The main thrust behind the award winning project was that of homes within the community so that persons with disability will be integrated within the communnity rather than excluded – a principle that the European Union is encouraging profusely. Currently, Dar tal-Providenza has four homes in the communities of Siġġiewi, Qawra, Birkirkara and Żurrieq and is planning to open the fifth one in Balluta in the coming weeks.
The PN MEPs Metsola and Casa said “this is excellent news. All this means that the invaluable efforts made with huge dedication by Fr Martin Micallef and his colleagues, have now been recognised at European level.”
The prize will be presented to Dar tal-Providenza during an award ceremony in November.

Friends of Providence House NSW donates $9,000AUD to Dar tal-Providenza.

Friends of Providence House NSW (FOPH) donated $9,000AUD to Id-Dar tal- Providenza. The cheque was presented during last Sunday’s fund-raising Marathon. The sum was raised by FOPH throughout 2020/2021 and is normally presented in person to Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, at the ‘Annual Volleyball Marathon’. The fund-raiser is held in the first weekend of July on the grounds of the Siggiewi Home but had to be cancelled for the second year in a row due the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

The Group wishes to thank the Maltese Community in Australia who has once again shown its solidarity together with a very generous benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous. The Group wishes to acknowledge its major Sponsor, George Vella of Breakaway Travel of Blacktown, as well as the support of the Maltese Media in Australia, ‘The Voice of the Maltese’ and the ‘The Maltese E-Newsletter for their ongoing support.

Jim Borg, the Coordinator of Friends of Providence House NSW, together with his team, Marisa Previtera (Secretary) and Miriam Friggieri (Treasurer) stay in regular contact with Fr Martin and continue with their fundraising initiatives for Dar tal-Providenza.