You are cordially invited to the Order of Malta, American Association’s
Day of Recollection & Healing
Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 at 11 AM ET – 5 PM ET
at the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Knights, Dames, Affiliates, Candidates, Chaplains, Malades, Caregivers, and members of the community will gather at this holy shrine for spiritual reflections led by:
Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert, ChC, Bishop of Allentown, PA
Rev. Robert Hagan, OSA, Senior Associate Athletic Director of Villanova University
The retreat will also provide opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration, praying the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and to celebrate the sacraments through Confession and an Anointing Mass.
We ask that you please save the date and stay tuned for more information regarding registration and hotel reservations for this event.
A Brief History of the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia
The National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia is dedicated to St. Rita of Cascia, a 15th century wife, mother, widow, and nun, known as the Patroness of Impossible Causes. It was first built as a church and parish school in 1907 to address the spiritual, social, and educational needs of those living in South Philadelphia. By the early 1990’s the parish was in danger of closing. An initiative to save St Rita’s began with a newsletter mailing to 600 people in 1993 with the goal of revitalizing the church and preventing its closure. By 2000, the Bishops of the United States designated it as the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia, where it once again fosters a vibrant spiritual community beyond the city of Philadelphia. Click here to visit the National Shrine’s website to learn more.