Tomorrow, Wednesday, 2nd August 2023, at 7pm, Vespers of the Dead will be celebrated for the soul of Mgr Paul Darmanin OFM Cap, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Garissa in Kenya, who went to met the Lord on Tuesday, 25th July. This moment of prayer shall be presided over by Bishop Joseph Alessandro OFM Cap in Floriana at the Church of the Holy Cross known as ‘Tal-Kapuċċini’.
On Thursday, 3rd August 2023, at 7:30pm, the body of Mgr Darmanin will be laid in the chapel of the Annunciation in Ħaż-Żabbar, after which, at 8:45am, a procession will proceed to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Grace where Mass praesente cadavere will be celebrated at 9:30am. During the same Mass, the last respects will also be paid to his sister, Mary Darmanin.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna will preside over the Mass. Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi, Archbishop Emeritus of Tiranna-Durres George Frendo OP, Bishop Emeritus of Garissa Joseph Alessandro OFM Cap, the Nuncio’s Secretary Mgr Dennis Kuruppassery, the community of Capuchin priests and other priests will concelebrate.
The burial will take place in the crypt beneath the Holy Cross Church in Floriana.
Everyone is invited to join the Franciscan Order in prayer for the soul of Bishop Paul Darmanin OFM Cap.