Antoine is a Salesian priest and a Registered Social Worker. A Computer Science graduate of the National University of Ireland, he holds degrees and higher qualifications in Philosophy, in Theology, in Humanities, in Social Work Management and a MSc in Child Protection and Welfare from Trinity College, Dublin.
Currently MCAST Chaplain and Rector of the St Philip’s Community, he oversees the Salesians’ Youth Centre, Homework Club and Summer Camp in Senglea. Having spent many years as Head of Care at St Patrick’s in Sliema, Antoine set up Don Bosco House in 2008, providing a community-based non-institutional residential home for children in Balzan. He also worked closely with government, with the Commissioner for Children and with the Department for Social Welfare Standards drafting the Quality Indicators for children’s out-of-home care sector. He retains a special interest in alternative care services for ‘children without parental care’ and serves on the Expert Group of the Brussels-based NGO Don Bosco International aisbl; in the Children in Alternative Care working group of Eurochild; and other international bodies.
Qualified in social work supervision, Antoine trains care and social workers, volunteers and service managers, supports young people facing difficult situations and serves on the Church’s Safeguarding Commission. Currently a volunteer with Kellimni.com, Antoine is a member of several NGOs, among which the Malta Association of Social Workers VO/189 and Home Away from Home VO/774.