The community of Augustinian Cloister nuns within St. Catherine’s Monastery in Valletta invited our Order to attend a thanksgiving mass on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Monastic life of Mother Abbess Mikelina Mifsud, O.S.A. The ceremony was presided by our Grand Prior, Archbishop Charles Scicluna.
Members of our Lieutenancy, led by the Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo, participated during the Solemn Translation with the relic of St. Helen followed by Vespers, as part of the celebration of the Feast of St. Helen. This occasion took place at the Collegiate Basilica of St. Helen in Birkirkara in the presence of H.E. Dr. George Vella, President of the Republic of Malta and his wife Mrs Miriam Vella, H.E. Frank Zammit, Ambassador to the Holy See and Mayor of Birkirkara Ms Joanne Debono Grech.
A Delegation of Gozo within the Maltese Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, was inaugurated in a brief but meaningful ceremony. The Lieutenant for Malta, Roberto Buontempo, presented the decree with which the delegation was established, together with letters of appointment to the first officials, Comm. Euchar Mizzi and Rev Can John Muscat as Delegate and Prior respectively. The decrees were approved by the Order’s Grand Master, Cardinal Fernando Filoni. The Delegation’s standard was then passed on from the Lieutenant to the Delegate, to signify the creation of this Delegation.
The ceremony was presided by Cardinal Mario Grech. In his message, Cardinal Grech emphasized the mission of the members of the Order: that of sustaining the Christian presence in the Holy Land, where members strive to do all they can so that Christians do not disappear from this land, a land fraught with problems, where the only solution for peace can only be through forgiveness.