February 21, 2014
As the season of Lent begins, many of our regions are organizing and participating in Anointing Masses. As members of the Order of Malta, we care for the sick because they are part of our human family. When one part of the Body of Christ suffers, we all suffer (1 Cor. 12:26).
Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament that is received by those who are ill or suffering. By the sacred anointing and the prayer of the priest, the whole Church commends those who are sick to Christ. The sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gifts of strength, faith, peace, and courage, and his or her suffering is united with the suffering of Christ for the building up of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), nos. 1520-23).
Through the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the Church carries out Jesus’s mission of compassion and healing for the sick. The one who is ill can also be a minister to others. By uniting their suffering to Christ, those who are sick can be signs of faith and witnesses of Christ’s Resurrection to the entire community (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici The Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World, no. 54.)
You can find a list of upcoming Anointing Masses on our homepage.
Nominating Committee's Call to Service
The Nominating Committee has been working on behalf of the Federal Association to review committee purposes; assess current committee membership; define skills needed per committee and work with Hospitallers to recruit volunteers. Now, we turn again to you, our confreres to seek your assistance in creating a pool of members willing to serve our Order.
In our daily prayer, we recite, “Striving ever to promote God’s glory, the world’s peace and ALL that may benefit the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.” The Nominating Committee asks you take this passage to heart and "benefit" the Order through your service.
Your Regional Hospitaller has been asked to review the criteria for each committee and suggest local members who might serve. Why not put your name forward? It is not a sign of hubris; it is indeed a sign of humility --- willing to serve when called.
The Nominating Committee is ready to answer questions you might have and direct your service interest to the correct committee.
Please put your name forward and contact Larry Demaree
Committee Members: Hugh Dempsey; Larry Demaree; Theresa Martter; Frank Gembala, Bob Gallagher; John Hoy; Margaret Melady; Paul McNamara; Paddy MacCarthy; Alan Crone; Geoff Gamble
The Blessed Gerard Society was established in 1998 as a way of recognizing the members of the Order who have included the Order of Malta in their will or other estate planning. In this manner, our members ensure that the Federal Association will continue to perform the works of the Order.
Knights and Dames of Malta have been sustaining the Order and its works in this manner for centuries, and it remains an important way of perpetuating the tradition, and more importantly, the noble works of the Order.
Visit the Planned Giving website to learn how you can join.
The Prince and Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing reminds us that we need to read and reread the Rule of the Order frequently. Here is our monthly selection from Membership in the Order of Malta: REGULATIONS AND COMMENTARY to help us in perfecting our lives as followers of Christ and as members of our Order.
For nine centuries, the mission of the Order has been "the promotion of the glory of God through the sanctification of its Members, service to the Faith and to the Holy Father, and assistance to one's neighbour" (CC art. 2-1) The Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of Malta fulfils this mission as a "religious lay order and, by tradition, it is at the same time military, chivalrous and nobiliary" (CC art. 1-1). It is devoted to its charism of nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith (tuitio fidei), and of serving the poor and the sick representing the Lord (obsequium pauperum).
Membership in the Order of Malta REGULATIONS AND COMMENTARY,pg. 26, Introduction, Regulations and Commentary, - Click here to read full text -pg. 26, Introduction, Regulations and Commentary
Hungarian -American Scouts Volunteer at Malta House
On Sunday, February 2, 2014 Margit Serenyi took Hungarian - American scouts back to Malta House in Washington, D.C. to perform for the residents. The residents were very excited to welcome the children back and the children enjoyed performing and visiting with the residents.