June 20, 2013


Fra' Matthew Festing, Grand Master with Pope Francis at the Vatican

While meeting with Pope Francis, the Grand Master spoke of the activities of the Order of Malta, underlining the ancient tradition of assistance to the poor and the sick.

Pope Francis told those present to continue their work at the Hospital with courage and hope.

The Holy Father also strongly emphasized that today's crisis is not so much a question of economics as it is of morality. "The subsequent cutting of resources is offensive to human life and threatens to regard life as a mere object of exchange," the Holy Father explained.

The Holy Father called on the participants to consider their neighbor as the "Body of Christ."

The director of the Hospital of the Order of Malta, Tiziana Frittelli, thanked the Holy Father for the strong moral support he has shown towards healthcare in general and especially to Catholic institutions, giving encouragement to continue on the mission of caring for the weak and defenseless.


Membership in the Order of Malta Regulations and Commentary

Membership in the Order of Malta: REGULATIONS AND COMMENTARY is a beautiful book which explains the Order and our role as members of the Order. The Prince and Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing reminds us that we need to read and reread the Rule of the Order frequently. He comments that in referring to it often we are following “the way of monasteries of the Benedictine tradition where an extract from the Rule of St Benedict is read every day in choir.” This Rule of the Order helps us in perfecting our lives as followers of Christ and as members of our Order.

Each month, Kate Signorelli will provide a few sentences from that Rule in the Order of Malta Moment with a reference to the publication. All members should have a copy of REGULATIONS AND COMMENTARY, but it is also located on the Federal Association’s website.

Members of all three Classes are called to live and act as a "family". As the first Christians they should be identified by "how they love one another"(86). They should avoid disputes among themselves, nor speak ill of one another, and live in unity.

Membership in the Order of Malta REGULATIONS AND COMMENTARY, page 41, Regulation, 5. Way of Life, - Click here to read full text -


Hill Museum & Manuscript Library Exhibition

The Malta Study Center at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library is commemorating the 900th anniversary of papal recognition of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta with an exhibit entitled “900 Years of Faith in Action: 1113-2013, The Bull of Pascal II.” It will be on display May 25 to July 7 at the Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 N. 17th St., Minneapolis.


Celebrating 900 years of the Order of Malta, the Federal Association members presented a comprehensive capsule of its worldwide activities on behalf of the sick and suffering at the Annual Conference of the University of Chicago's Institute for Religion and Medicine on May 28-30. A one-and-a-half hour panel presentation featured care of the sick over the 900 years of the Order's history and covered the spectrum of medical care, international relief, and our beloved annual pilgrimages to Lourdes.

Fra' Thomas Mulligan opened the presentation with a precise and succinct description of the Order's history, especially the "birth" of our Order in the realm of medical care. Using remarkable iconography our President, Geoff Gamble, followed with an eloquent portrait of the Order's preferential focus on medical care through the centuries and in its many current international ventures. Dr. Jacek Mostwin concluded the session with profound and reflective insights based on his past experience directing the Medical Committee of the Federal Association. Dr. Edgardo Yordan served to moderate the presentation.
- Edgardo Yordan, KM


July 5, 2013

Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet

Please help us honor our wounded warriors, their families, and their caregivers.

Click here for Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet.


June 21 – Hartford – Federal Association’s “primary observance” of the Feast of St. John the Baptist. Mass – Cathedral of St. Joseph with Auxiliary Bishop Christie Macaluso as the celebrant and Fr. Douglas Mosey, Magistral Chaplain from Hartford, as the homilist. There will be dinner after Mass at the Town and County Club. Contact - Pauline Olsen
June 21 - Houston - Feast of St. John the Baptist - Mass celebrated by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo - 6:00 PM at the Chapel of St. Mary Seminary on Memorial Drive. Dinner will follow at Lakeside County Club. For more information Contact - Doug Sandvig
June 21 - Syracuse - Annual Day of Retreat - Christ the King Retreat House - 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, followed by June Dinner Meeting. Contact - Jim Cirincione
June 22 - Allen, TX - Mass for the Disabled and Caregivers -5:00PM, St. Judes. The Most Rev. John D. Deshotel, Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas, will be the celebrant. Contact - Kip Rolland
June 24 - Columbus, OH - St. John the Baptist Church 6:00 PM Mass - with Bishop Frederick Campbell - followed by dinner and wine tasting - Café Del Mondo, 659 N. 4th St. Columbus, OH 43215. Contact
Chuck Mifsud
June 24 - Washington, DC - Feast of St. John the Baptist - 6:30 PM Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral, His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl celebrant. Reception after Mass. Please click here for details and registration.
July 4 - Malta House Family Picnic - 2:00 PM - 4916 Lasalle Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Families are invited to attend. Contact - Valencia Camp to RSVP
July 5 - Washington, DC - BBQ at Walter Reed Bethesda to honor our Wounded Warriors. Contact - Joan Glasgow or click here for the Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet.
July 12 - Houston - Summer Series Part III (Rules and Regulations of the Order)- 6:00 PM - Hewitt home. Fra' James-Michael Von Stroebel will lead the discussion followed by dinner. For more information Contact - Les Hewitt
July 19-20 – Emmitsburg, MD - Lourdes Reunion - ALL former pilgrims invited. Mt. St. Mary’s University. Please click here for details and registration.
August 9 - Houston, TX - Summer Series Part III (Second Class of the Order)- 6:00 PM - Belton home. Fra Tom Mulligan will lead the discussion followed by dinner. For more information Contact - Elisabeth Belton
September 14 - Bethesda, MD - Mass for the Sanctity of Life - Our Lady of Lourdes church.
October 18 – 19 - Washington, DC - Investiture Weekend. Please click here for Investiture Weekend schedule.
November 1-3 - Annual Retreat - St. Vincent's Archabbey with Fr. Justin Matro, See brochure for information, or Contact - Dan McGrogan
November 8 - Washington, DC - Memorial Mass for Deceased Members - Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School - Rev. Msgr. John Enzler, celebrant.
- November 9 - Dallas, TX - Day of Reflection with Fr. Dan Hennessy - Time and location TBD - Contact - Kip Rolland
December 7 - Dallas, TX - St. Nicholas Day dinner at the home of Julie Morris - Contact - Kip Rolland
December 15 - Dallas, TX - St. Joseph's Retirement Home - Mass 10:00 AM followed by Christmas dinner - celebrant Bishop Farrell. Contact - Kip Rolland
January 24 – 26, 2014 - Marywood Center, Jacksonville, FL. Retreat Director - Rev. David Toups, Rector, St. Vincent de Paul Seminary
Contact - Lou Walsh
September 19 – 21, 2014 - Chicago Retreat - Retreat Director – t.b.d. - Contact - Fra' Tom Mulligan