Hospitaller Region - Charlotte, North Carolina
ASSISTING THE MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR
On July 5th - 7th members of the Order from the Charlotte Region traveled to Kingston, Jamaica to work with Fr. Richard Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) brothers in their ministry to the poor, disabled, and imprisoned. The Charlotte Region is donating approximately 2000 Bibles, 2000 catechisms, and 4000 other spiritual books to the MOP as part of its Defense of the Faith initiative.
The Defense of the Faith initiative for prison inmates grew out of the Charlotte Region’s ongoing support of the MOP in their Monroe, North Carolina monastery. In North Carolina the brothers work with the local poor and disadvantaged. They also collect food, clothing, diapers, and other necessities that are sent to MOP centers overseas.
Jackie and Bob Gallagher together with their son Conor and friend and business associate Rick Rotondi delivered the first shipment of Bibles to inmates at the Tower Street prison in Kingston on behalf of the Order. Click here to read more -
Regional Report - Charlotte
ROOM IN THE INN FOR CHARLOTTE'S HOMELESS - In the heart of Charlotte’s business and cultural hub known as “Uptown” you will find St. Peter’s Catholic Church. In concert with over 100 other congregations in the greater Charlotte area, St. Peter’s partners with the Urban Ministry Center to provide overnight accommodations for more than 1,500 homeless people during the four cold-weather months. Initiated under the leadership of the late Harry Grim, our first Hospitaller, and carried on by Dr. Don Joyce and now Jerry Schmitt, this Room In The Inn program has become a core commitment of the Charlotte Region for the past fifteen years. Click here to read more -
Region Hospitaller, Jerry Schmitt
The Federal Association began to take form in Charlotte in 1995. Today there are over 40 Knights and Dames in the western part of North Carolina. Membership is growing in Greensboro. The founding Hospitaller was Harry Grim followed by Dr. Don Joyce who was followed by Jerry Schmitt in January 2010.
Federal Association Chaplains in the Charlotte region are the Most Reverend William G. Curlin (Bishop of Charlotte – emeritus), Abbot Placid Solari (Belmont Abbey) and Monsignor Anthony Marcaccio.
Bishop Curlin celebrates Mass on the first Friday of the month at 7:45 a.m. at Saint Gabriel’s Parish Daily Mass Chapel, followed by doughnuts and coffee.
Members of the Order (and their families) who are interested in participating in one of these activities should contact the Regional Hospitaller, Jerry Schmitt