2006 2007 2008

Assemblea Generali, FIAC V Assembly

Assemblea Generali

The theme for the forthcoming year is 'biex jingharfu fuq l-art triqatek (Salm 66) and the assemblea generali this year was completely different to the usual. It was held at the Seminary in Rabat and started with a prayer by Mons. Paul Vella. Ms Joyce Pullicino introduced the theme and spoke about some recent activities. Ms Mary Puli was thanked by Ms Christine Brincat and Ms Sarah Caruana (who will be replacing her) for the work carried out over many years on the magazine 'Taghna t-Tfal'. Mrs Carmen Agius Delicata was thanked for her own work by the new Presidents for Married Couples, Mrs MaryAnn and Mr Anthony Sultana. Finally Fr. Damian Cachia was thanked for the many years that he served as the Catholic Action Ecclesiastical Assistant.

From the hall everyone went to various workshops or to watch a film, during which different things were discussed. For the last part of the morning we all gathered in the Chapel for Mass presided over by Archbishop elect Mons Annetto Depasquale. For the second year running we had 'Festa Familja', which gave all the Catholic Action members present a chance to mix together over a relaxed informal meal. As it was a nice day we sat around the quadrangle of the seminary and could talk to those around us. Of course a big thank you goes to all those who worked in some way to make this event possible.

 

FIAC V Assembly - Rome

This year is a year of celebrations for the Catholic Action because 140 years ago it started in Italy. At the same time there was also the fifth Assembly of the International Federation of Catholic Action, of which Malta was a founding member. Present this year from Malta were Ms Ninette Borg Grech, who was also helping out with the organisation, president Ms Joyce Pullicino and General Secretary Mr Adrian Leone Ganado. For the 140 year celebrations we were joined by vice-president Mrs Miriam Teuma and ZAK members Mr Josef Debono, Mrs Daniela Debono and Ms Vincienne Debono.

Throughout the week there were a lot of talks, country presentations, group work, Mass and prayers. Amongst the participants there were also Bishops and during the week we came in contact with some Cardinals. Although the program was rather full, we still managed to go around various parts of Rome and do some sightseeing. Right at the end of the week came the best part. On Saturday evening we had a vigil where we heard about Catholic Action members Antonietta Meo and Tommasini, who are both on the way to becoming saints. On Sunday morning we all went to the Vatican for Mass. It gave me a great sense of importance when we passed by all the Catholic Action members gathered there and made our way to the altar. Here we heard Mass and afterwards the Pope himself came to say the angelus and give a message to the Catholic Action. It was very nice to be so close to the Pope. During the week we saw how well organised the Catholic Action in other countries is and it gives us some targets to aim for. The week was also helpful because of the contacts that we managed to make. It will be a week which will be remembered for a long time.

More information including a press release can be found here.