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On September 12th, 2015, the Federal Association welcomed 59 new Knights and Dames at the Investiture Mass and Ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. At the Mass, 3 Magistral Chaplains were invested, as well as 1 Associate Chaplain and 1 Associate Deacon Chaplain. Archbishop Leonard Blair of Hartford, CT and Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, who were also named Conventual Chaplains ad honorem of the Federal Association this year, were unable to attend. Nearly 500 people attended the Mass, which was celebrated by the Principal Chaplain of the Order, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington and Bailiff Grand Cross Conventual Chaplain ad honorem of the Federal Association. Also in attendance was Bishop Barry Knestout, auxiliary bishop of Washington, as well as representatives of the Sovereign Council, the Venerable Order of St. John, the Johanniter Order, and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. A particular highlight of the Investiture Weekend was the Defense of the Faith Forum on the Order's work for persecuted Christians and refugees in the Middle with Ambassador Justin Simpson and Michele Bowe, DM. At the Annual Dinner, held at the United States Chamber of Commerce, new members had the opportunity to be introduced to Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A., Bishop Knestout, and D. Geoffrey Gamble of the Sovereign Council.
More stories on this year's event will be published in the October issue of Order of Malta Moment. If you would like to see our photo gallery highlighting important events from the weekend, please click here.
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.
Rome, 8 November 2014 – Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke has been appointed Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta by His Holiness Pope Francis. Previously Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, he succeeds Cardinal Paolo Sardi, who was appointed Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI.