The Siġġiewi Local Council presented Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, with the Onorifiċenza Mertu Siġġiewi (Siġġiewi Award of Merit) for his work at the Home as well as within the community of Siġġiewi. This year, Fr Martin will be ten years at the helm of the Home. In October 2008, he was appointed Director by the then Archbishop, now Emeritus, Mgr Pawl Cremona OP after Mgr Lawrence Gatt became Chancellor of the Archdiocese.
Fr Martin Micallef, son of John Micallef and Jane nee Bugeja was born in Luqa on November 10th 1967. After attending the Luqa Primary School, the Minor Seminary and the New Lyceum he entered the Archbishop’s Major Seminary to follow his priestly vocation. He achieved his Bachelorship in Philosophy and Theology and was licensed in Pastoral Theology. He was ordained deacon on 25th November 1994 in the parish of Luqa and ordained priest on July 5th 1996. He served as vice-parish priest in the Ibraġġ parish and later as parish priest of Għaxaq (2000 – 2005) and Marsaskala (2005 – 2008). Since 2004, Fr Martin was a member of the National Commission Persons with Disability, now Commission for the rights of Persons with Disability, representing the Church in Malta. He is also member of the Pastoral Commission for Persons with Disability.
The presentation of the Siġġiewi Award of Merit was held last month at the Siġġiewi Primary School under the patronage of the ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Anton Tabone.
In her address, the Siġġiewi Mayor, Alessia Psaila Zammit, spoke on the work and plans of the Local Council including investment in more roads and infrastructure, cultural activities and ongoing focus on safeguarding the environment and on sustainable develoment in Siġġiewi.
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