Cini Institute was founded by a lay woman, Adelaide Cini (1838 – 1885), who started a new missionary movement among the many abandoned girls of her time, and established a conservatory for girls coming from the poor strata of Maltese society and who were most vulnerable. This concrete action also led her to be declared venerable by Pope Pius X on 23 February 1910.
The Church in Malta handed over the premises of this institute to Hospice Malta for the establishment of St Michael Hospice, a modern complex to provide palliative care, which will continue in the same steps initiated by Adelaide Cini in assisting people who are vulnerable and in need.
At a ceremony held on the feast of St Michael the Archangel, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna wished anyone who enters this place to feel he entered a sheltered home where he is welcomed, understood and assisted, in an environment where his dignity is respected, even if in the eyes of society he no longer has a role to play. “We believe that every person, until the last breath of life, is invaluable”.