“May the Maltese people continue to love and sustain Id-Dar tal-Providenza.” Auxiliary Bishop Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna said this during a Mass that the Malta Catholic Action and id-Dar tal-Providenza celebrated to commemoprate the death of Mgr. Mikiel Azzopardi who forty-nine years ago founded the Home in Siġġiewi for persons with disabilities.
In his homily, Mgr Scicluna said that like Christ, the Good Sheperd in the Gospel, Dun Mikiel knew each one of the residents and like Christ he loved them and took care of them. “In today’s world,” continued Mgr Scicluna, “we have so many youths who have no one to take them under his wings. How nice it is that the residents of Id-Dar tal-Providenza are loved and kept as treasures of the Lord.” Bishop Scicluna ended his homily by urging that Malta will always continue to respect life.
This celebration, that the Catholic Action initiated five years ago and was held at the chapel of the Home, commemorated twenty-seven years from the death of Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi. Dun Mikiel, as he is more popularly referred to, was born in Valletta on February 10th, 1910 and died on May 13th, 1987.
The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Charles J. Scicluna together with Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza and Fr Reuben Gauci, ZAK Ecclesiastical Assistant. At the end of the celebration, short speeches were delivered by Fr Martin and Mr Stanley Spiteri on behalf of the Commission for the Sick and for Persons with a Disability.