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Malade Screening: Serving Our Lords the Sick with Utmost Care

Jeff Ludwig, KM

This time of year preparations for our 2016 Lourdes pilgrimage pick up significantly, as do the questions to the medical team and the hospitallers about the selection of Malades and their companions. With that in mind, here is an overview of how it all works, given from my perspective as pilgrimage Hospitaller.

Malade applications, due by mid-December, are entered into a database that includes contact information, medical history and a physician recommendation. The entire process is overseen by our medical director, Dr. Harry Johnson, KM. Our chief nurse, Joan Cincotta, DM, and our assistant chief nurse, Marguerite Baxter, DM, call and make initial contact with the applicants. Joan and Marguerite review medical history and medications, ask additional information if necessary, and confirm the current health situation of each applicant. They then update the database so that the volunteer physicians and nurses have the most complete information on the health and well-being of the applicants for the selection process.

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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.”

Welcome to the website of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta - Federal Association, as well as its international organization and leadership. Please take some time to learn more about its works and mission.

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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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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