Porziuncola Retreat House

Proziuncola Retreat Hse





Overlooking the deep Mediterranean on Malta’s northern coast (at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq), Porziuncola Retreat House was founded in 1957, the first of its kind on the island. Named after the chapel of the Virgin Mary of the Angels, where Francis of Assisi discovered his evangelical calling in 1208, and from where he sent his friars to preach the Gospel, Porziuncola offers a modern Franciscan oasis for prayer and contemplation.

Porziuncola Retreat house has been refurbished and modernized in 1994. It offers 35 double / single rooms, each with shower and toilet, three conference rooms, two chapels, a dining hall and a big conference hall. The Retreat House overlooks the sea from a vantage point, and is surrounded by open space, ideal for meditation.

The House is also used for international meetings, seminars and conferences, and was the venue for the Plenary Council of the Order of Friars Minor in 1995.

While you are here:

    • Search for “The Kingdom of God and his righteousness” to obtain all the rest (mt6,35). Prepare yourself to listen to God who made you come out of the “daily routine” to lead you in the desert and speak tenderly to your heart and make you His spouse (Hos 2,14).
    • The room is the place of your interiority during the moments given to you. Do not abandon it otherwise you will fail an appointment with God (Mt 6,6). If you feel that solitude is overwhelming remember that it is “a favourable moment” for encountering God because “it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lam 3,26).
    • Purify your heart to “see God”: do a revision of your life and go to confession.
    • If you really want to obey God and render yourself available as Mary, try to speak to a priest: open wide your heart so that he can know you better, to understand the sense of what God is doing in you and to be confirmed in faith. It must be you who ask for this encounter.
  • Finally be full of hope and joy in waiting. You had the courage to come out of your land like Abraham (Gen 12), Francis and Clare of Assisi. Repeat with Samuel “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” (1Sam 3,9). Feel the Lord coming bringing with Him the reward (Rev 22,12). You will receive a beautiful surprise: you thought that you were looking for something… and you realise… that Someone was looking for you. Exactly like Mary Magdalen at the Sepulcher: she went searching for a dead body and found a man full of life!

Booking & Information:

Porziuncola Retreat House,
Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq,
Telephone: +356 21375711  ::  eMail: ofm1209@hotmail.com