Three nuns, all aged over 80, expressed high emotion particularly Sister Gesuina Mangion, as they have now been retired from the Dar tal-Providenza because of their age after giving over 50 years of service to the home’s community.
The nuns of St Jeanne Antide Thouret, known as the Sisters of Charity, had in the past been requested to continue giving their services in the Dar tal-Providenza, founded by Mons Mikiel Azzopardi.
The one who has been resident there longest, Sister Gesuina Mangion, who is aged 80, said it will be difficult after having given 41 years of service in the residence because she regarded the residents as her children and will suffer their loss after having raised some of them from the age of 16 to 55.
Sister Bernarda Buhagiar, together with Sister Bertha Bezzina, has been working in the home for over 20 years. She said she has been dedicated to ensure the residents were comfortable and kept happy.
Sister Lorenza has been at the residence for these last 13 years and said she will find it difficult to leave behind the persons with disabilities that she has loved so much. She said she will miss the Dar, its residents and the personnel because they have always helped.
Mother Superior, Sister Nathalie Abela said the decision, made together with the nuns in the Dar tal-Providenza, was a source of heartbreak. She said it had been a difficult decision to take but the situation and ages of the Sisters helped her to reach the decision.
While expressing their heartbreak at having to leave their mission, the nuns said they are leaving with peace of mind that the Dar will continue to operate with dedication and love by its Director, Fr Martin Micallef and his administrative team.