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What Does it Mean to Belong to A "Lay Religious" Order?

Fra' Richard J. Wolff, Ph.D.

Most members of the Order of Malta would agree that they belong to a “lay religious” order, but the agreement may very well stop right there.  A minority may have a full and accurate understanding of what it means to be a lay religious order.  Others only partly grasp the ...

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Oklahoma City Publishes Children's Prayer Book

Brett Farley, KM
Earlier this spring the Oklahoma City Region received our first printing of “Essential Prayers for Children,” which was written, designed, and illustrated by members of the region. 
This keepsake-quality book contains 44 Catholic prayers that ...
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Ministry of Dining Together in Potomac

Stephen Riley, KM
Federal Association members at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, Maryland have instituted a monthly dinner series with the residents of the James M. Sullivan Memorial House, run by Potomac Community Resources (PRC). The ...
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Prison Ministry and the Power of Prayer

Ernest P. Bono, KMOb
In February, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I have for years ministered to three prisons here in Florida, one being death row. When word got out regarding my diagnosis, I received countless prayers and ...
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Holy Family Hospital - A Bridge to Hope

H.E. Ambassador Michèle Burke Bowe

Bethlehem is the heart of Christmas. Not that of the North Pole and elves, but the authentic Christian celebration of the birth of the Christ Child. Each December, Manger Square hosts a life-size nativity scene ...

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Syracuse Region Holds Respect for Life Mass

Joan Cincotta, DM

In October the Syracuse Region held its Respect for Life Mass at Malta House for the residents of the Malta House and Malta Manor affordable-housing facilities in the city. The Rev. Christopher Celatano celebrated the ...

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President's Award Given to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport


The highest internal award given by the Federal Association is the President’s Award, presented to those who have made significant contributions and efforts in support of the work and charism of the association. The ...

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Philadelphia Region Partners with Boot Up Philly

Robert Macri, KM
The Philadelphia Region, joined by members of the Wilmington Region and the American Association, participated for the third straight year in Catholic Social Services and St. John’s Hospice Annual Boot Up Philly.
As a ...
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Jacksonville Region Supports Local Families

Jane Lanier, DM

A November tradition in the Jacksonville Region is our service project to families at Guardian Catholic School and the surrounding neighborhoods. In partnership with Catholic Charities and Feeding Northeast Florida, the knights and dames, Guardian ...

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Charlotte Region Visit Renews Lonstanding Bonds With Holy Angels

Shawn Flynn, Holy Angels

In a moving gesture of faith and solidarity, eight members of the Charlotte Region visited Holy Angels residential facility in Belmont, North Carolina last month to bless both the residents and staff with holy water ...

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Ascending Tepeyac: Pilgrimage of Faith and Works

Jay Merwin, KM

At the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, built on the plain stretching from the foot of Tepeyac, the great hill where in 1531 the Blessed Virgin appeared to an Indian convert ...

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Order of Malta Youth Host International Camp in Belgium

Chris Murphy, KM


This August, a Federal Association team took part in an international summer camp for people with disabilities, hosted by the young people of the Belgian Association at a school near Waterloo on the grounds of ...

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Solemn Liturgy of Investiture Homily

Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop of Washington

Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

The figure of Joseph is one of my very favorite personalities in all of Sacred Scripture.  Joseph was an uncommonly righteous man about whom the gospels provide very few ...

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Investiture 2023

Elizabeth Stoner, DM, Investiture Committee Chair

During the weekend of September 22-23, 2023, the Federal Association welcomed 34 new members of the Class of 2023.  This year’s Investiture activities were held at The Madison hotel and the Cathedral of St ...

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Robert L. Hutton, KMOb to Serve as Chairman-elect of the National Advisory Board to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Megan Rogers, Catholic Diocese of Memphis

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis congratulates Robert L. Hutton, KM for his selection as Chairman-elect of the USCCB's National Advisory Council:

"Many blessings and congratulations to Robert L. Hutton, our Diocesan Attorney, who has ...

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Fort Bend residents Mark and Cathy Hotze will be honored at the 10th annual Mission of Love Gala on September 7, benefitting Catholic Charities’ Mamie George Community Center in Richmond.

Catholic Charities to Recognize Houston Members at Mission of Love Gala

Betsy Ballard, Catholic Charities, Fort Bend County, Texas

The 10th annual Mission of Love Gala, benefiting Catholic Charities’ Mamie George Community Center (MGCC), sets sail on Thursday, September 7 with a jaunty nautical theme: the “Faith, Hope and Love Boat.”  The event ...

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Father Larry Sullivan prays for these lost members of the Chicago community

Reflecting on a Chicago Burial Service for the Indigent

The Rev’d. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., D.Min, D.D., OStJ, Eyes on the Future Vol. 4, No. 6, The Order of St. John

In our society, there are individuals who face the harsh reality of poverty, enduring its burdens until their final breath. When these individuals pass away without the means to afford a proper burial, it is ...

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The Fight Against Human Trafficking

Jackie Gallagher, DMOb, Clarence E. Martin III, KMOb, Cara Aghajanian, DMOb, Laura Mead, DM

2023 Defense of the Faith Forum

Presenter: Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop of the Military Services USA

The Federal Association looks forward to welcoming Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., to speak at the Investiture Defense of the Faith Forum on Friday, September 22nd at 4:30pm, at the Madison Hotel ...

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Chicago's Second Annual "BottomsUp!" Event Aids Local Pregnancy Center

Cynthia Salazar, DMOb

“Women’s Care Center is a welcoming environment where those in need of life-affirming support can come and be served in truth and charity.” Bishop Daniel Jenky, Diocese of Peoria

Members, auxiliary, family, and friends ...

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After the Flood: Rebuilding in the Lafayette Region

Paul David, KMOb and Marla David, DMOb

In February, rebuilding volunteers gathered in the Lafayette Region for the eighth consecutive year serving the victims of hurricanes, flooding, and other natural disasters in South Louisiana. The Lafayette Home Rebuilding Program began informally in ...

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"Make Room for God: St. John of the Cross"

Fra' Richard Wolff, Member of the Sovereign Council
His Excellency, Fra' Richard Wolff wrote and delivered a spiritual reflection "Make Room for God: St. John of the Cross" at the Subpriory's Annual Retreat in Malvern, PA.
Fra' Wolff recalls St. John's ...
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The Grand Magistry Appoints a Federal Association Member to the Communications Advisory Board


The Federal Association is pleased to announce that Domenico Musso, KM, has been appointed to the newly established Communications Advisory Board of the Grand Magistry. The Communications Advisory Board will meet at least twice annually ...

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Return to Lourdes... at Last

Marla David, DMOb and Paul David, KMOb

In early May, Order of Malta associations from around the world gathered once again on pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes. We saw old friends among the Lourdes veterans, made new ones among the many ...

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Catholic Spirituality for the Incarcerated