Year of Mercy

December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016

As we all know, the Holy Father has designated a Year of Mercy to begin on December 8, 2015.

The members of the Spirituality Committee believe that this would be an ideal time for Members of the Federal Association to join together in reflecting on the meaning of this Year of Mercy, especially its meaning for the Order of Malta.

We know that in most of our regions, Members gather regularly – sometimes in parishes, sometimes region-wide, sometimes in other settings. We would encourage those groups to use at least some of these times to reflect together on the Year of Mercy. Even if only part of a meeting can be devoted to such reflection – say, a half hour – this would help unite Members with each other and with the Holy Father. We think it might also show how powerful group reflection and prayer can be.

The committee will be producing a package of materials that can be used by any group. It includes a format, scripture and other reflection materials, and suggested discussion questions. We will distribute electronically six such sets. Although each group that participates may set its own schedule and have as many reflection sessions as it wishes, one suggested approach would be to start in October and November of 2015, to prepare and then begin the year, resume in February (for Lent) and March (for Easter), then continue in September and October of 2016. Topics will include God’s mercy to us, the special meaning of mercy for Members of the Order, the mercy of penance and reconciliation, and the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

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"Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum" - Defense of the Faith and the Service of the Poor

The Federal Association robustly practices its motto and inspires others to do so, as is evident from the highlights of the activities in our regions in just the past year. As so eloquently posited by the Order’s leadership in Rome, these works “become reality through the voluntary work carried out by Dames and Knights in humanitarian assistance and medical and social activities, nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith and serving the poor and the sick representing the Lord.”

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The Federal Association

There are over 935 Knights and Dames and nearly 60 Federal Association Chaplains in 33 states, the District of Columbia and 3 foreign countries. Most Federal Association Members live in one of the 25 “Hospitaller Regions” nationwide. As membership grew, the Federal Association created regions to facilitate ongoing spiritual and volunteer activities for members. Each region is coordinated by a Regional Hospitaller who is responsible for the organization of membership-related events, Masses, and activities.

For more information on events and calendar in each Hospitaller Regions please select from the "Regions" tab on the left under the Federal Association section.

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Annual Stewardship Appeal

October 1 - December 31, 2015

Your Sacrificial Gift will provide life-changing Grants during the Year of Mercy to those most in need!


This Christmas season, we invite you to “come to Bethlehem” by purchasing your Christmas cards through Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation, providing vital support for families in the Holy Land!

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Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem is the premier maternity hospital and newborn critical care center for the Bethlehem region, four United Nations refugee camps and Bedouin encampments in the desert. Offering the poorest and most defenseless families a place of refuge, a place of promise and a place equipped to save their lives.

Press Release

Libyan delegation in Rome to discuss immigration and mutual challenges

Meeting of senior representatives of Tobruk and Tripoli takes place at Order of Malta Magistral Villa

Rome 8 October 2015 – A meeting organised by British think tank 'Forward Thinking' and the Sovereign Order of Malta took place this morning in Rome, at the Magistral Villa of the Order of Malta. The meeting was held in the presence of two Libyan delegations respectively representing Tobruk and Tripoli.

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