“... I could not stand up, and I could feel blood coming out of the wound. I continued to wait and I prayed to God and to my Mother the Virgin Mary. I believe that prayers are effective” - Mons. Bishop Joe Alessandro O.F.M. Cap.
“ ...it was from them that we got to know that an attack on the Universita had been made by a political group that called itself al-sahab. The news were not yet clear, but a curfew was called so that everybody to stay indoors. They asked us to inform all those we could so that the roads would be free for the ambulances and the security authorities.” - Mons. Bishop Paul Darmanin O.F.M. Cap.
“ ...I felt my biggest hearthache when I found myself facing children practising forced child labour. It is only natural that the children live the life of children, through play and wandering about with other children. But what seems normal for many countries is not normal for many others." - Sr. Nathalie Abela, Missionary sisters of Charity
“...the earthquake razed everything to the ground, and more than 500 people died. During the earthquake I thought to myself: “Today is the end of the world”. I had never experienced anything of the sort, and I pray that I will not experience anything like it.” - Hector Pickard
These are glimpses from the stories collected these last two years. Missio collected this material purposely to publish this book, containing stories from Maltese missionaries and containing pictures of them during their evangelisation and social and educational experiences.
This project was initiated by Mons. Salvinu Micallef who was the director of Missio Malta for a number of years. During his visits he met many of these missionaries and they all had lots of experiences to share; this is how the idea of the book originated . Mr Charles Buttigieg was a great help in its publication. In this book we find stories written by bishops, fathers, sisters and even lay missionaries, who spent many years and even their whole lifetime in the missions. It is reasonable to say that the fruition of their work is the best product and the dearest contribution that Malta donated to humanity spread around the world. There are 50 stories in all written by Maltese and Gozitan Missionaries . In fact the book is called:
“Ġrajjiet: Minn fomm missjunarji Maltin u Ghawdxin”
This book was launched during a press conference that was held in the Archbishop’s Curia. Mons. Salvinu Micallef stated: “today I appreciate more and I feel more proud and happy that I am Maltese when I seed living witness of the big contribution that Malta and Gozo donated to humanitythrough the missionaries and the donations sent to the missions. No wonder that in the history of the Pontifical Missionary Societies in Rome, Malta is considered amongst leading and foremost for its contribution in the Church’s missionary work.
“For this reason this book is a golden opportunity. Foremost because these people remind us of what the faith was and is still capable of carrying out in our country. These are still calling the Church in Malta and Gozo to continue living the missionary eagerness, both in far away countries in our homeland. Apart from this, similar writings may continue to kindle the Missionary love so much at heart in our people” Mons Salvinu Micallef ended.