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TITLE Trends in the Maltese Spiritual Tradition

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION A glance at the History of the Church in Malta would immediately highlight a truly particular period with regards to its spirituality: 1887-1934. It abounds with the foundation of several Maltese religious institutes: the Ursolines of St Angela Merici (1887), the Franciscans of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1887), the Dominican Sisters (1889), the Daughters of the Sacred Heart (1903), and the Missionaries of Jesus of Nazareth (1934), while in 1910 Mgr Joseph De Piro founded the first and only male religious missionary institute for men.
This could have been the result of a flourishing in spiritual life, and possibly an answer to a dearth in the living of certain aspects of the Gospel. The period under study shall serve as a test case for this thesis.

Course Objectives

Following this course, students would:
a. be able to appreciate the way the Holy Spirit works even on the local level;
b. contribute to test the thesis under discussion and, perhaps, enrich further the material being developed.

Reading List

- FERRIS ACHILLE., Storia ecclesiastica di Malta, Malta, 1877.
- BONNICI ARTHUR, History of the Church in Malta, 3 v., Malta, 1967-75.
- BEZZINA JOSEPH, L-Istorja tal-Knisja f’Malta, Malta, PIN., 2002.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Tony Sciberras

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