Cel­e­brat­ing a life of Joy­ous Ser­vice and Con­tem­pla­tion

Dou­ble fête for the Ven­er­a­ble Madre Margherita Debrin­cat on TVM2

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

The Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices will be trans­mit­ting on TVM2 a four-part drama por­tray­ing the life of Madre Margherita Debrin­cat, founder of the Fran­cis­can sis­ters of the Sa­cred Heart. This drama is be­ing trans­mit­ted to cel­e­brate the dec­la­ra­tion of heroic virtues of Madre Margherita ear­lier this year. Through the work of the Ċen­tru An­i­maz­zjoni Mis­sju­narja, TVM2 will be able to broad­cast the drama­tised ver­sion of Ven­er­a­ble Madre Margherita’s life. TVM2 will also be trans­mit­ting live from Kercem Gozo, a thanks­giv­ing mass in hon­our of the recog­ni­tion of the heroic virtues of the Ven­er­a­ble Madre Margherita. The mass will be cel­e­brated by H.E. Bishop Mario Grech and Fr Gian Giuseppe Calafano who is leading the Cause for the Be­at­i­fi­ca­tion.

En­ti­tled In­hobbu l-imhabba ( Lov­ing love) the play looks at the evo­lu­tion of the charisma of this Mal­tese con­gre­ga­tion. The play fol­lows the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of Madre Margherita who, to­gether with Mons Giuseppe Di­a­cono, founded this new con­gre­ga­tion based on Fran­cis­can spir­i­tu­al­ity in­fused with the joy and sim­plic­ity of St Fran­cis. The play is en­tirely based on pri­mary sources and first hand rec- ol­lec­tions of the older gen­er­a­tion of nuns who re­mem­bered Madre Margherita. The late Lino Grech au­thored the play, in­spired by the re­flec­tions of his sis­ter, a nun of the Or­der. A cast of well­known ac­tors in­clud­ing Anna Dalli, Michael Sciortino, Lil­ian At­tard and Theresa Gauci round up this ro­bust pro­duc­tion.

PBS chair­man Dr To­nio Por­tugh­ese praised this work which was di­rected for tele­vi­sion by Fr Louis Mal­lia MSSP. Dr Por­tugh­ese said that TVM2 will be en­riched with the broad­cast of this timely com­mem­o­ra­tion of a heroic life well lived. “It is a liv­ing ex­am­ple, if ever there was one, of great oaks grow­ing from lit­tle acorns of faith,” said Dr Por­tugh­ese.

The play will be aired on TVM2 on Wed­nes­day, 2 July at 8.40pm (Parts 1 & 2) and on Thurs­day, 3 July at 8.40pm (Parts 3 & 4). On Fri­day, 4 July, all the four parts will be trans­mit­ted again on TVM2 from 2pm on­wards. The “live” broad­cast of the thanks­giv­ing mass will be trans­mit­ted on the same day at 7.30pm.

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