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The Order of Malta is a worldwide, lay, religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, which seeks to glorify God by promoting the sanctification of each member through his or her work with the sick and the poor and defense of the Catholic faith.
There are only three United States Associations established by decree of the Grand Master and vote of the Sovereign Council of the Order headquartered in Rome. The American Association is a separate legal entity and a 501 c 3 not-for profit corporation which is responsible for the day-to-day management and control of its business and affairs. As such, it acts on its own behalf subject to general oversight by the Order of Malta consistent with accepted corporate governance standards and practices.
The American Association, U.S.A., headquartered in New York City, was founded in 1927.
2015 AMERICAN ASSOCATION LOURDES PILGRIMAGE
April 29 - May 5
Embarking on our 30th pilgrimage to Lourdes, Our Lady has again called us to Lourdes to pray, process and bathe in the waters of the spring first discovered by Bernadette. We are blessed to have over 50 Malades and their caregivers accompany us for the first time. In reflecting on the synergy of Knights, Dames, Volunteers, Auxiliary, Clergy, Medical Team, Office Staff and Caregivers coming together to serve our Malades, a beautiful quote from Mother Teresa comes to mind:
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot;
together we can do great things.”
Perhaps it is our Malades who “do the greatest thing” in allowing us to come together to serve. Or, perhaps it is their caregivers who relinquish a bit of authority in allowing others to minister to their loved ones. Nonetheless, we all come together to do what we can do and together we will all experience what is possible: the miracle of Lourdes. Let us all be filled with wonder and awe!
The theme chosen for this pilgrimage comes from the first chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke. The angel Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her she will be the mother of God. Her response: "How can that be?" How many of our Malade and caregivers have asked this same question and experienced this same feeling of fear, isolation and disbelief when given a difficult diagnosis?
The answer given by the angel answers the tough question:
“Nothing is impossible with God.”
Mary believed it. We are all called to believe it. And we all journey to Lourdes so that everyone will experience all that is possible with God. May God bless each of your with peace and joy during your pilgrimage.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!
Mary Beth & Bill Fessler
2015 Pilgrimage Co-Chairs
FIRST CHAPLAINS CONVOCATION
April 13 - April 14
American Association Chaplains are invited and encouraged to participate in our first Chaplains Convocation. This meeting of the our Chaplains is a direct outgrowth of one of the Association’s strategic plan objectives of better engaging the Chaplains to assist in the spiritual growth of the Association’s Knights, Dames and Auxiliary.
Many of our Chaplains have been engaged in that work for a long time; others are looking for ways to better involve themselves in the mission they expected when they became Chaplains in the Association. It is hoped that the Convocation will be the beginning of a continuing dialogue among the Chaplains and will create an avenue for discussion within the Association on how the Chaplains can be better able to engage. Some of our Chaplains will be able to share ideas that have worked in your Areas.
The Convocation has the full support of the leadership of the American Association and the full support of our Principal Chaplain.
ASSOCIATION WINTER RETREAT 2015
February 27 to March 1
The American Association’s Spiritual Retreat for members took place from Friday, February 27, 2015 to Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Bethany Retreat Center in Lutz, Florida. The theme for our retreat was “Discernment of Spirits according to St. Ignatius Loyola.” Our retreat master was Reverend Joseph W. Koterski, S.J.
Father Joseph W. Koterski, S.J. is a Jesuit Priest of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. He has been a member of the Philosophy Department of Fordham University since 1992. In 2011 he was reelected President of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.
Father Koterski is an outstanding teacher and a sought-after lecturer, receiving high marks from his students and from attendees at his speaking engagements.
Please contact Kathy Trabucco at the New York office at the e-mail listed above or by phone at 212-371-1522 for additional information.
American Association Pilgrimage for Life 2015
Members of the American Association of the Order of Malta joined with members of the Federal Association for the 42nd Annual March for Life in Washington, DC. The Pilgrimage began Wednesday, January 21 with a choice of two simultaneous events a) Assisting people with disabilities who attend the Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (3 pm -10:30 pm), or b) lecture and Q&A with Robert Destro, Esq on “Defending Religious Liberty in a Secular Courts and Culture” (7 pm at the Renaissance Hotel). Events on Thursday, January 22 included a Mass and luncheon for members of both Associations and guests, participation in the 42nd March for Life with prayer before the Supreme Court, and a reception following the March included warm foods and fellowship.
We were accompanied by an icon of Our Lady of Philermo! She was be present during the Order of Malta Mass and was then carried by the Knights as we participated in the March for Life. We requested her intercession daily to strengthen us in defending the Faith.
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Some of the Organizations Our Members Volunteer at to Help the Sick and the Poor
|Medical & Dental Clinic at St. Leo's Catholic Church - Michigan||St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store - Dallas, TX|
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American Association Areas
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Order of Malta Study Center
The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at St. John's University, Collegeville, MN maintains a microfilm collection of over 16,000 documents and dossiers from Malta, covering the twelfth to the twentieth century. The materials include the Archives of the Knights of Malta, the Cathedral Museum in Mdina, the Archives of the Inquisition, ecclesiastical records of the dioceses of Malta and Gozo, and musical compositions.
The Center sponsors digitization projects to preserve the history of Malta and the Knights of St. John. It acquires antiquarian and modern publications dealing with Malta's history, literature, and culture, in addition to materials pertaining to the Knights of St. John and the history of the Crusades. Visitors to the Center are welcome, and it is possible to order copies of microfilms from its collection.
For further information, please visit the Study Center's website here.
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