Malta Moment

October 15, 2010

Medical Director from Lourdes to Visit US

Dr. de Franciscis (l) meets with the Grand Master in his office.
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On Sunday, October 31, the Baltimore region will welcome the Medical Director of the Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Dr. Alessandro de Franciscis at the Mother House of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart, 1001 West Joppa Rd., Towson, MD. Mass is planned for 9 AM, with breakfast to follow. Dr. de Franciscis earned his medical degree , summa cum laude from the University of Naples, Italy; he earned a Master of Science in Epidemiology from Harvard’s School of Public Health. He now serves as President of the Bureau des Constatations Médicales de Lourdes and of AMIL, the International Lourdes Medical Association. All are invited to welcome Dr. de Franciscis and to hear him speak following breakfast; medical professionals are most welcome.

Later that day, an additional reception is planned, so that everyone might have a chance to speak with Dr. de Franciscis. All medical professionals, members of the Order and anyone who has been a pilgrim or is contemplating a pilgrimage to Lourdes is welcome to attend. Contact:

Malta House Welcomes New Seminarians to Ministry

Joan Desmond (standing left) introduces seminarians Tom Otto and Neil Pettit to the residents.
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This Fall, Knights and Dames greeted two new seminarians from Mount St. Mary's seminary to Malta House, an assisted living home in Hyattsville, MD. During the academic year, seminarians from the Mount lead a popular chapel service for residents that features recitation of the Rosary and Scriptural readings. Seminarians hone their homiletic skills with a short reflection and encourage residents to share their thoughts and experiences. Joan Desmond, DM, the seminarians' pastoral field supervisor, Joan Glasgow, DM, and Malta House residents welcomed seminarians Tom Otto and Neil Pettit. All are invited to join the chapel service, which meets Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Malta House, 4918 Lasalle Rd, Hyattsville, MD Contact:

International Spiritual Retreat for Young Members Nov 4-7

Last year when the Grand Master visited the Federal Association, he mentioned the need to encourage the recruitment and spiritual support of younger members in the Order. Following the success of the initiative in past years and with the encouragement of the Sovereign Council, the Order has organized an International Spirituality Meeting for young members.

His Most Eminent Highness the Grand Master has graciously accepted to participate in the activity. Under the leadership of the Very Reverend Father Hugh Kennedy, Chief Chaplain of the Irish Association, the International Spirituality Meeting will be held in Rome from November 4-7. Two members of each Association of the Order are encouraged to attend. Candidates should be under 45 years of age, must be active in the work of the Order and should show promising leadership potential. Click here for more information.

If you can’t get to the Retreat for Young Members, consider the Federal Association retreat at Malvern Nov 20-21 Click here. All young-at-heart members are requested to pray for vocations to the Order.

2010 Federal Association Investiture and Annual Meeting
Oct 22-23

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Upcoming Events:

Dec 4 – House decorating and tree trimming at Malta House, 4918 LaSalle Road, Hyattsville, MD starting at 10 AM. Contact
Dec 6 – Room at the Inn; Contact Barbara Laughlin, 704-347-4628,
Dec 7 - Volunteers gather for a Free Clinic to serve the uninsured at the Charlotte Convention Center. Contact:
Dec 10 – Christmas Mass 6 PM celebrated by Cardinal DiNardo St. Mary’s Seminary Chapel and dinner following. Contact:
Dec 11 - Mission Outreach warehouse in the Bedford Park, IL (Chicago Area) from 8 AM until early afternoon. Contact Joan Trandel at
Dec 11 – Charlotte region Christmas Mass, Christmas Dinner and the installation of chaplain Abbot Placid Solari. The chapel at St. Gabriel’s 4:30 PM. Contact:
Dec 14 - Little Sisters of the Poor, Pittsburgh, 6:30 PM. Visit and Christmas decorating Contact: Connie Silvaggio, 412-366-3333 or
Dec 18 – Join the children, moms, Sisters and staff at St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home (, Hyattsville, MD in celebrating the Christmas season! Santa and his elves are in need of volunteers from 4-6 PM. Please contact Chrissy Page for further information :; 202-257-7780.
Dec 18 – Celebrate Christmas at Malta House, Hyattsville, MD with family, friends, and Santa Clause, from Noon until 2 PM Contact
Jan 3 - Room at the Inn Volunteer project in Charlotte. Contact:
Jan 16-21, 2011 - New Orleans Home Rebuilding Program. Click here to register
Jan 21-23, 2011 - Florida Retreat, Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville, FL Rev. Richard Fragomeni, retreat director. Click here for brochure.
Feb 25-27, 2011 - Chicago Area Retreat.

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