End of an era for the Sisters of Charity

A month before Dun Mikiel Azzopardi opened the Dar tal-Providenza doors on the 12th of January 1968 a number of Sisters of Charity of St Joan Antide de Thouret started living as a communitry in the same Home to help the founder with his new work. They were the first support workers of the Home with a helping hand from volunteers and later on from workers who were specifically taken on board.
The first three residents entered the Home on February 11th 1968. The were all hosted at Villa Monsinjur Gonzi which had just been refurbished.
Ever since then, the Sisters of Charity offered their professional services with a lot of love, dedication and generosity. On January 1st of this year, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna officially announced that the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity in Malta decided against its wishes that due to age this year the Sisters will terminate their work at Dar tal-Providenza. The official last day was July 15th 2020.
The presence of this religious community was a gift to residents, workers and volunteers of the Home. They were always there for everyone 24 hours a day. Most of them gave their services for a long time. In fact, Sr Gesuina Mangion has been serving at the Home for these last 41 years, Sr Lorenza Borg for the last 13 years whilst Sr Bernarda Buhagiar and Sr Bertha Bezzina were both here for 20 full years.
Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, commented that he was sure that their immense sense of service willl remain a guiding light to all of us working in this Home.
He thanked all the Sisters that worked in the Home during the years but not least Sr Lorenza Borg, Sr Bernarda Buhagiar and Sr Gesuina Mangion who are going to be sorely missed. He also wished them well in their new tasks within their new communities.