Watch: Archbishop appoints first ever female Episcopal Delegate

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna has appointed Dr Nadia Delicata as the first ever Episcopal Delegate for Evangelisation for the Archdiocese of Malta. This is the highest position in the Archdiocese ever occupied by a woman. Dr Delicata will now be responsible for one of the most important missions of the Church. She will also be a member of the Council of the Archbishop.

The announcement by the Curia coincided with the celebration of World Women’s Day March 8, 2019.

“Formation and dialogue with society”

In an exclusive comment to Delicata said that evangelisation helps humans meet Christ and therefore formation of different age groups and dialogue with society will be two of the important dimensions of her work. She said that probably it was a coincidence that her appointment was announced on World Women Day but this notwithstanding her appointment is a clear sign that women should have an important place in the church. “The Church should become more feminine”, said Dr Delicata

Importance of evangelisation

Pope Francis describes evangelisation as the joy abundant that any man, woman or child experiences and shares after encountering Christ who heals all loneliness and despair.

In her task of evangelisation, the local Church seeks to be a presence of hope and spiritual and physical well-being through her life of prayer; through formation in schools and in youth and adult communities; through the arts; and in the ongoing dialogue on social issues in Maltese society at large.

Who is Nadia Delicata

Dr Delicata is married to Brian Delicata and has three children. Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Malta and has been teaching in the Department of Moral and Spiritual Theology since 2012. Between 2001 and 2011, she undertook her theological studies at Regis College, the Jesuit theologate of the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto.