Annual New Year’s greetings, Gozo delegation


News from Gozo

On Sunday 21st January, the Delegation of Gozo held its annual New Year’s greetings.

A thanksgiving Mass was held at the Lourdes Chapel in Ghajnsielem, celebrated by the Judicial Vicar Mgr. Chev. Joseph Zammit, followed by a formal lunch at the Grand Hotel in Mgarr.

Members present, led by the Delegate for Gozo Comm. Euchar Mizzi and the Prior Rev. Can, Comm. John Muscat, exchanged greetings with the Lieutenant and his family.

On concluding the event, Comm Mizzi presented a beautiful silver icon of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu, to Lieutenant Buontempo, in appreciation for his unwavering support and committment towards Gozo.

On his part, Ambassador Buontempo thanked all those present and announced that for the Jubilee Year of 2025, both the Vigil and Solemn Investiture will be held in Gozo.

Council received by the President of the Republic at San Anton Palace, Attard.


A representation of the Council of the Maltese Lieutenancy, held a courtesy visit on the President of Malta Dr George Vella. The two sides discussed the works of the Order, with particular emphasis on the current critical situation in the Holy Land.

The delegation,led by the Lieutenant for Malta, Amb. Roberto Buontempo, presented a generous donation in aid of the Malta Community Chest Foundation.

Eve of the Epiphany

On the 5th of January 2024, EOHSJ members and families, gathered to celebrate the blessings granted by the church on the eve of the Epiphany. This is a rite that has roots in early Christianity.

Through this celebration we are called to initiate the new year under the blessing of a saint, drawn to each one as an act of providence. Each member present could carry the blessings received, that of blessed and exorcised water, salt and chalk, back home so that they could bless their homes too. The markings of + M. C. B. + 2024 + were written on the door of the St. Catherine’s monastery, and each one of us is encouraged to do so as well to remind us that we are blessed through Christ.

We thank the Mother Abbess Michelina Mifsud, OSA, Mons Chev Patrick Incorvaja and the Spirituality Commission, for making this special event possible.