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.

Exchange of Christmas Greetings


A representation of the Council of the Lieutenancy of Malta, led by the Lieutenant Amb. Roberto Buontempo, were cordially invited to exchange Christmas Greetings with His Grace Mgr. Charles Scicluna, Grand Prior and Archbishop of Malta at the Archbishop’s Palace in Valletta.

Council members accompanying the Lieutenant, were the newly appointed Chancellor and Vice Chancellor, Comm. Chris Busuttil Delbridge and Comm. Michael Pace Ross respectively, together with the Secretary Dame Amy Sciberras and the Councillor in charge of Dame Affairs, Dame Daphne Fenech.

Credits Ian Noel Pace

2023 CCEE – Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europae


2023 CCEE – Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europae – Plenary Assembly: members of our Order, led by the Lieutenant Amb. Roberto Buontempo, participated, along with members of SMOM, at the inaugural Mass held at the Co-Cathedral of St John’s, Valletta, presided by His Eminence Cardinal Mario Grech. Among the co-celebrants were a number of cardinals and bishops, in particular our Grand Prior Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna.

On Wednesday our Lieutenancy had the rare honour of hosting around 40 high ranking Prelates between Cardinals and Bishops, for a short visit at our Ecclesiastical Seat of Ta’ Doni in Rabat, Malta. This was made possible through the intervention of our Lay MC Comm Michael Pace Ross, Vice Chancellor Designate.

Of particular mention was the participation of SMOM Grand Commander Fra’ Emmanuel Rousseau.

Photo credits: Ian Noel Pace

Feast of St Catherine of Alexandria V.M, Monastery of St Catherine, Valletta


Members of our Order, including a number of newly invested knights and dames, participated during the Solemn Mass of the Feast of St Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr. The celebration was presided by the Apostolic Nuncio Mons Savio Hon Tai Fai, in the presence of our Lieutenant Amb. Roberto Buontempo and Mother Abbess Michelina Mifsud, OSA

This feast has become a fixed appointment for our Lieutenancy. Our gratitude and prayers go to the sisters, especially Mother Abbess and the Valletta community in general.

Conclusion of Investiture celebrations


Città Senglea

Città Vittoriosa

To conclude the Investiture celebrations, a thanksgiving Mass, organised by Archpriest Rev Can Robin Camilleri, was held at the Basilica of Maria Bambina in Senglea. It was presided by the Bishop of Ozieri Mons Corrado Melis, in the presence of the host of these events, the Lieutenant for Malta Amb Roberto Buontempo and the Lieutenants of Italia Centrale Anna Maria Munzi Iacoboni, Italia Sardinia Marco Cantori and Italia Sicilia Maurizio Russo, together with members, families and friends.

At the end of the Mass, the dignitaries, together with the delegation of Sardinia and other Maltese members and their families, made history when they crossed from Senglea to Vittoriosa on the famous ‘barklori boats’. 12 boats were used for this special occasion. Those making the trip, could experience the majestic grand harbour of Valletta.

A reception was held afterwards at the recently restored Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa, with the assistance of Heritage Malta.

Photo Credits David Mercieca

Regional Meeting Italian Language Lieutenants and Vigil of Prayer.


Fort St Elmo – Valletta

Mdina Cathedral – Mdina

Regional Meeting Italian Language Lieutenants and Vigil of Prayer.

The following are a few images to commemorate these very special events in our calendar.

For the first time ever we had the honour of hosting the regional meeting of the Italian language Lieutenants, their Excellencies Giovanni Battista Rossi, Marco Cantori, Ferdinando Parente, Maurizio Russo, Giuseppe Michele Marrani, Angelo Domenico Dell’Oro and Anna Maria Munzi Iacoboni, together with that of Switzerland, Donata Krethlow-Benziger and of Malta Roberto Buontempo, presided remotely by the Governor General of the Order, Ambassador Leonardo Visconti Di Modrone. Harding with his presence was also the Bishop of Ozieri in Sardegna, Mons. Corrado Melis.

Prior to the Vigil, presided by the Auxiliary Bishop of Malta, Mons Joseph Galea Curmi, with 16 new candidates, the delegation was welcomed by the Mayor of Mdina, Count Peter Sant Manduca.

Among the 16 candidates, for the first time ever, three come from Sardinia.

Vigil Photos: Rene Rossignaud

Meeting with His Lordship Mgr. Anton Teuma, the Bishop of Gozo

4 November 2023

News from the Delegation of Gozo

The Gozo Delegation of EOHSJ Malta, led by the Delegate Commi. Euchar Mizzi, in the presence of the Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo, was granted a meeting with His Lordship Mgr. Anton Teuma, the Bishop of Gozo at the Raghaj it-Tajjeb Pastoral Centre in Victoria.

This was the first meeting held between the two sides since the official inauguration of the Delegation.

During the meeting Bishop Teuma expressed his profound regret about what is happening in the Holy Land, where thousands of innocent people have lost their lives and more have been injured. He appealed for prayers and also for all possible types of material help including monetary help, which at the moment is of utmost need.

The Lieutenant briefed Mgr. Teuma about the financial assistance from our Lieutenancy, for this particular cause. This assistance will help these innocent people in their daily needs and try to make their lives as comfortable as possible.