Houston Member Receives Award

On April 27, Julia Gomez Rivas, DM was awarded the National Writer of 2014 at a banquet given in her honor in Houston, TX.

Julia writes books in Spanish and English for both adults and children. Her children's books are required reading in schools of the Central America. Julia's latest book, "The Other America" was written (as all of her books) under her pen name, Julia Mercedes Castilla.

At the monthly Order of Malta project at the Mamie George Community Center, one will find Julia at the registration table cheerfully helping the Order of Malta register our Spanish speaking guests.

Clarence E. (CEM) Martin III, KMOb,generously donated his book collection to the Association office. It includes numerous histories of the Order and various crusades and conquests over our history. They are available to all members to borrow.

Vatican Meeting for Peace

June 6, 2014

We ask our members to join with our Holy Father, Pope Francis as he invites Shimon Peres, President of Israel and Machmoud Abas, Leader of the Palestinian Organization to come to the Vatican on Friday June 6th, to pray together for settlement of their differences and thereby bring peace to the Holy Land.

May 29, 2014

Spiritual Reflection

From the earliest days of Christianity, the Church had people who were devoted to the practical aspects of functioning as a body of believers. The Acts of the Apostles, in chapter 6, which was our first reading last Sunday, says that as the Church continued to grow, the Apostles got busy with routine stuff – to the point where some of the disciples complained. So, the apostles came up with a solution. Select from the community some devout people, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, who would handle those tasks. That was the beginning of what we call today Deacons. It was also the beginning of what would become a larger movement in the Church – religious orders and congregations. We see them all over.

The Order of Malta is one such. Despite the way we trip over the use of terms “religious” and “lay religious”, the Order is a religious one – the members of the first class take the traditional vows. All who choose to associate themselves with the Order – whether second class or third class – participate in a service that is intended to implement Jesus’ mandate in our world through serving the poor and the sick and through promoting a knowledge of the message.

By our baptism, all of us are disciples. Vatican II makes it clear that all disciples have a duty to serve the gospel – to make God’s kingdom present in our world. All Christians have that duty. We have chosen to become members of a religious order. So we assume an added undertaking. “To whom much has been given, more will be expected.”

That’s not all one way. More will be expected of us, certainly. But more will also be given to us – the grace of union with a religious community in which the members support and assist one another in fulfilling our common mission as disciples of the Risen Lord.

- Reverend Monsignor Edward Dillon, Magistral Chaplain

2014 Lourdes Reunion

Click the picture to watch a video slideshow from Lourdes.

All former Pilgrims, Malades and Companions are invited to the 2014 Lourdes Reunion on July 18-19 at Mt. St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD. Below is the schedule of events.

Friday, July 18 
6:00 p.m. - Mass in Kane Chapel 
7:00 p.m. - Drinks & Dinner 
$75.00 per person

Hotel Rooms have been reserved ($179 + taxes) at Wyndham Gettysburg (15 minutes from Mt. St. Mary's) under the name "Order of Malta". Call 717-339-0020 to reserve your room.

Saturday, July 19 
10:30 a.m. - Mass in the Glass Chapel - 
Near the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes 
Rev. Richard Mullins - celebrant 
Magistral Chaplain 
12:30 p.m. - Lunch - Cardinal Keeler Dining Room 
Slide Show & Video

Please click here to register.

An Important Appeal from Malteser International

As you all have learnt from the news, heavy rains in the Balkans in mid-May have led to the worst flooding in the region since record keeping began 120 years ago.

Malteser International – in close cooperation with the Embassy of the Order of Malta to Bosnia and Hercegovina, Malteser Germany and international partner organizations - is preparing emergency relief measures for those most affected by the floods. Malteser International supports the flood relief in the Balkans with an initial donation of 25,000 Euros ($ 34,000).

Bosnia and Hercegovina:
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malteser International and the Foreign Aid Service of Malteser Germany – in cooperation with the Order’s Ambassador to Bosnia and Hercegovina – will provide flood relief via the networks of Caritas and the Catholic Church. An assessment team will leave for Bosnia and Hercegovina in order to explore the needs on the ground and prepare the next steps. Among others, it is planned to reconstruct a soup kitchen and an ambulance in the northern city of Maglaj which has been severely destroyed by the floods.

In Serbia an assessment team of the Order’s Hungarian Caritas service has already been on the ground, preparing emergency relief in Vojvodina together with the Order’s Serbian relief corps and the Catholic diocese of Zrenjanin for the most affected families, who have lost their entire goods and possessions.

For many years, Malteser Germany and its Foreign Aid Service supported rehabilitation and reconstruction in several countries in the Balkans after the end of the Balkan War in the 1990s. The strong links with the partners on the ground will provide a sound basis for Malteser International’s emergency relief and an efficient cooperation in favour of those most affected by the floods.

On May 16 and 17, the Balkan region was hit by torrential rain, making thousands of people homeless and killing at least 59 people. Whole cities and villages are still under water or mud, transport infrastructures have been destroyed, hampering the delivery of humanitarian goods. Besides, the region is still dangerous, as landmines and other legacies from the Balkan War are emerging with the flooding and landslides.

40th Anniversary Mass and Town Hall Meeting

June 1st, 2014

As the Federal Association celebrates its 40th anniversary, there will be a mass and Town Hall meeting on June 1 for all Members in Washington and Montgomery County. After Mass there will be an open discussion of how to carry out our charism of Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum in a way that is vital and full of life as we hit our 40th anniversary.

The Mass and meeting will be held from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, on MacArthur Boulevard in Washington, DC.

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