Our Beginnings

In 2005, Rev. Dr. Fabio Attard SDB was appointed as the first Director and in July 2005, a Board was set up to help in the management of the Institute. This Board started operating as from August 2005 and was formally constituted on the 18th September 2007 through a decree signed by Mgr Archbishop Paul Cremona. The members of the first Board were: Rev. Dr. Fabio Attard SDB, DD., Sr Marie Scicluna RCSJ, MA, Rev. Dr. Joe Galea Curmi S.Th.D.(Lat), Dr Adrian Gellel D.Sc.Ed.(UPS), Rev. Rev. Dr Mark Sultana S.Th.L., Ph.D.(Greg). Meetings with different institutes within the Church were held, namely with the Secretariats and Commissions of the Archdioceses, the Institutes of Spirituality led by the Religious Orders and the Faculty of Theology. During these meetings the identity and the role of the Institute of Pastoral Formation were discussed. The priority of the Board was to formulate a Charter which would indicate the vision and the mission of the Institute of Pastoral Formation: the guidelines the Institute would be adhering to and the structures which would help in reaching the goals. The guidelines of this Charter reflected the mandate of the Diocesan Synod. In April 2008 Fr Mark Sultana was appointed as Director of IFP since Fr Fabio Attard has been elected as a Counsellor of the Salesian Order. The members of the second Board were: Rev. Dr Mark Sultana S.Th.L., Ph.D.(Greg.), Sr Marie Scicluna RCSJ, MA, Rev. Dr. Joe Galea Curmi S.Th.D.(Lat.), Dr Adrian Gellel D.Sc.Ed. (UPS), Ms Louise Laferla MA, Dr Nadia Delicata, Ms Stephanie Falzon MA., is Secretary to the Board. IMG_8828 Left to right: Rev. Dr. Joe Galea Curmi, Dr. Adrian-Mario Gellel, Rev. Dr. Mark Sultana, Archbishop Paul Cremona, Ms Stephanie Falzon, Sr Marie Scicluna, Ms Louise Laferla. (Graduation 2011) pst_0509 Left to right: Ms Stephanie Falzon, Dr Nadia Delicata, Dr. Adrian-Mario Gellel, Rev. Dr. Mark Sultana, Archbishop Paul Cremona, Sr Marie Scicluna, Ms Louise Laferla, Rev. Dr. Joe Galea Curmi. (Graduation 2012)