German-speaking Catholic St Barbara Church celebrated its 50th anniversary

Anniversary Mass in German language at the recently renovated St Francis Church, Valletta Enlarge image Anniversary Mass in German language at the recently renovated St Francis Church, Valletta (© German Embassy Valletta)

In October, the German-speaking Catholic St Barbara Church in Malta celebrated the 50th anniversary of its foundation. In 1966, the German-speaking Sankt Barbara Chaplaincy was established by the Catholic Church in Malta. Its intention was to provide spiritual welfare in their own language for the growing number of German-speaking Catholics settling in Malta or coming as tourists to the island.

On Saturday, 29th October, St Barbara Church celebrated the anniversary with many guests in a classy ceremony, with classical music and speeches by Fr John Sammut, representatives of the Protestant Andreas Gemeinde and with a poem read by a member of the parish council, Ms Renate Guillaumier.

Ambassador Sräga congratulated the Church and wished them a bright future.

On Sunday, 30th October, Archbishop Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna celebrated an anniversary mass in German language at the recently renovated St Francis Church in Valletta. As guests of honour attended the Hon President of the Maltese Parliament, “Mr. Speaker”, Dr Anglu Farrugia, Ambassador Gudrun Sräga and the Austrian Ambassador, H.E. Michael Schwarzinger with spouse.

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna holds his laudation

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna holds his laudation

Anniversary Mass in German language at the recently renovated St Francis Church, Valletta

Anniversary Mass in German language at the recently renovated St Francis Church, Valletta

50 years of German-speaking Catholic St Barbara Church

50 years of German-speaking Catholic St Barbara Church

Music was in the air...

Music was in the air...

Fr John Sammut and the Austrian Ambassador Schwarzinger with his spouse

Fr John Sammut and the Austrian Ambassador Schwarzinger with his spouse

Anniversary Mass in German language at the recently renovated St Francis Church, Valletta

Anniversary Mass in German language at the recently renovated St Francis Church, Valletta