Order of Malta Moment

December 23, 2011

Christmas Greetings!

Msgr. Edward J. Dillon
Magistral Chaplain, Atlanta

Dear Knights, Dames and friends of the Order of Malta:

Christmas is a time of year when the spirit of the Gospel is tangible. People are extraordinarily generous to those in need so that they, too, receive some of the joy of the season. It infects folks who, for the rest of the year, don’t even see the needy. So, while we’re celebrating the birth of Christ, we also have an opportunity to develop at least a dim idea (to steal a notion from St. Paul) of what our world would look like if everyone took the message of the gospel seriously and tried to live it.

For those associated with the Order of Malta a similar opportunity comes along with the Lourdes Pilgrimage, a week of our year when we have a chance to see people actually inconveniencing themselves to take care of the sick. That is certainly a time of grace; and for those privileged to witness it and be part of it, an important opportunity to see the Gospel being lived.

With opportunities like that, how can we not rejoice in the birth of Jesus? And in his bringing to our world the message that God loves us.

Allow me to wish all of you a happy, restful and spiritually revitalizing Christmas season.

Federal Association Board member Robert Signorelli, KMOb (r) observes as his wife Kate Signorelli, DM and Ronald Riesmeyer, KM (l) witness his Promise of Obedience. Also participating was Fra’ James-Michael von Stroebel.

CRUDEM Named in Health Field Award by the American College of Physicians

The CRUDEM Foundation, parent of Hopital Sacre Coeur and a work of the Order of Malta, has been awarded the Edward R. Loveland Memorial Award for a Distinguished Contribution to the Health Field. The Award is given by the Board of Regents of The American College of Physicians/Internal Medicine to a lay organization for a distinguished contribution in the health field. Previous recipients of the award include: NIH, the Red Cross, the American Heart Association, Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Project Hope, and The Mercy Health Clinic in Potomac, Maryland - which is supported by the Federal Association.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a US organization of internists - physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. The award will be presented to CRUDEM’s President at the College’s Convocation ceremony at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, on Thursday, April 19, 2012. - Dr. Richard Perry, KM, Potomac, Maryland

Mass -March for Life

January 23, 2012

All members of the Federal Association are invited to attend a Mass and join in the National March for Life on Monday, January 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. Members of other Associations of the Order, candidates, Auxiliary members, spouses, and family members are all most cordially invited as well.

The day will being with Mass at the Blessed John Paul II Shrine (formerly the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center) at 10:30 AM. . Rev. Msgr. John Enzler, Magistral Chaplain, will be the celebrant at the Mass.

After Mass, a simple buffet lunch will be served. There is ample and free parking at the Blessed John Paul II Shrine. Click here for more information.

Order of Malta Moment will resume on January 13th.
A Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Holiday Schedule

The office will be closed Monday, Dec 26 for the Federal Christmas holiday and next Monday, January 2 in observance of the New Years holiday.

Upcoming Events:

Dec 25 - Baltimore - Sarah’s Hope Christmas Breakfast and Gift Sharing. Contact: Pat Monaghan
Jan 2 - Charlotte - Room at the Inn at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Contact: Barbara Laughlin
Jan 7- Chicago - Day of Recollection at Our Lady of Pompeii beginning at 9 AM and ending after Mass at 4:30 PM. RSVP and Contact: Fra’ Tom Mulligan by Jan. 2, paxtnm@gmail.com
Jan 15-20, 2012- New Orleans Home Repair Program work week. Click here for info and sign up.
Jan 16 - Wash DC - Malta House - Celebrating Martin Luther King Holiday through Fellowship, 2:00 PM. Contact: Valencia Camp
Jan 20 - Lancaster - Sanctity of Life Mass at St. Leo the Great Church, 7 PM. Bishop Kevin Rhoades, celebrant. Contact: Pat Whalen
Jan 20-21-Jacksonville, FL- Annual Florida Retreat, Marywood Retreat Center, Rev. Richard Fragomeni. Click Here.
Jan 21 - Dallas -Sanctity of Life and Pro-Life March in downtown Dallas. Contact: Theresa Martter
Jan 23 - Washington, DC - Mass and March for Life. Mass at the Blessed JP II Shrine (formerly JP II Center). Click here for more information.
Feb 6 - Charlotte - Room at the Inn at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Contact: Barbara Laughlin
Feb 11 - Houston - Anointing Mass, St. Michael’s Church. Contact: Kate Signorelli
Feb 11 - Wash DC - Malta House - Senior-Junior Prom at 2:00 PM. Contact: Valencia Camp
Feb 11 - Atlanta - Mass of the Anointing of the Sick, 11 AM Holy Spirit Catholic Church; Msgr. Edward Dillon is principal celebrant. Contact: Mary Savarese
Feb 26-Mar 2, 2012 - New Orleans Home Repair Program work week. Click here for info and sign up.