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Franciscan Retreat Ministries - Malta

Saint Francis of Assisi (1182 -1226) is universally known for his apostolic zeal. He was a man of intense activity, and his missionary ideals included the ardent wish of preaching the Gospel to all non-believers. Yet Francis was also a man of intense prayer. He preferred places of solitude where he spent long periods of time in contemplation. Le Carceri, La Verna, Greccio, Fontecolombo, Poggiobustone, Le Celle, Speco di Narni, are still living reminders of the contemplative attitude of the Franciscan ideal. Francis even wrote a simple Rule for these hermitages, where the brothers periodically retreated as a fraternity for intense periods of prayer. Clare of Assisi and the Poor Sisters of San Damiano were, and still are, a permanent expression of this yearning for silence and meditation.

The Franciscan Order is discovering new ways in which it can express its contemplative dimension. Hermitage experiences have been introduced in various provinces. The Maltese Franciscan Province has opted for retreat houses, where persons from all walks of life can receive the opportunity to spend some time in silence and prayer, together with the Franciscan fraternities who minister to them in these houses.

A team of Franciscan friars is available on the spot for directed retreats, guided and preached retreats, counseling, spiritual direction and religious tourism for those who wish to come to our island for a holiday-retreat . The friars are willing to offer their service in a simple Franciscan way, and in an environment where one feels accepted and at home.

**  Porziuncola Retreat House (Bahar ic-Caghaq - Malta)
**  Padova Retreat House (Mgarr - Gozo)
**  Montepaolo Hermitage (Mgarr - Gozo)

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