Fr. Anthony Chircop OFM was born in Rabat, Malta, on 3rd April 1961. He entered the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in the Province of Malta in 1976 and was ordained priest in 1985. He ministered for a time in the friary of Vittoria, in Sicily, and subsequently as formation director of novices and as guardian in the friary of Hamrun. In the Maltese Franciscan Province he served as provincial bursar. In 2001 he attended a yearlong diploma course in Biblical Studies at the “Studium Biblicum Franciscanum” in Jerusalem. Since 2002 he has been Commissary of the Holy Land in Malta.