Members and Postulants of Maltese Lieutenancy, led by the Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo were invited to a Solemn mass on the occasion of the feast of the Holy Cross at the Collegiate Basilica of Birkirkara.The mass was celebrated by Rev. Provost Archpriest Mgr. Kt. Louis Suban an ecclesiastical member of our Order.
Our Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo, accompanied by the Lay MC Michael Pace Ross, visited Rome during the week 23-30 April. A number of courtesy visits were conducted, amongst others to the Cardinal Grand Master Fernando Filoni, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops Cardinal Mario Grech, the Cardinal Grand Master Emeritus Edwin O’Brien and the Governor General Leonardo Visconti di Modrone. They also attended a Conference organized by Rome Reports and CARF (Centro Academico Romano Fundacion) on the invitation of Antonio Olivie, Director Rome Reports. This took place at the Order’s Headquarters, Palazzo della Rovere; a true gem. During this time they had time to meet with various members of the Grand Magisterium and high offices of the Order.Our work never stops!
Members of our Order participated during a Solemn Mass of the Risen Lord, held at the Church of the Circumcision of Our Lord, better known as the Jesuits Church in Valletta. Rev Can David Cilia, Archpriest of Valletta’s Collegiate Parish Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck, presided over the service, assisted by our Archivist, Rev Can Kt Nicholas Doublet. The function was well attended by members of the council, members and postulants, led by our Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo.
A group photo taken at the historic church of St.Lawrence in the medieval city of Vittoriosa Malta. This preceded the Holy Week penitential procession that used to be known as The Black Procession on account of the fact that it was held on what is known in Malta as the Wednesday of Darkness from the Italian “Mercoledi Delle Tenebre”. Council members, members and postulants, led by our Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo, participated on the invitation of Archpriest Can Carmelo Busuttil.
Papal Mass His Holiness Pope Francis presided at a Mass held at the Floriana Granaries last Sunday, where members of our Council led by our Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo were invited to participate and represent our Order along members of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Earlier in the day other members of our Order were positioned in front of our Ta’ Doni church early to greet Pope Francis as he parted from Rabat.May the Peace of the Lord, be always with Him.
Our Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo attended an evening in honour of the Apostolic Nuncio to Malta, Archbishop Alessandro D’Errico, on the completion of his diplomatic mission. The President of the Republic Dr George Vella, our Grand Prior Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi were in attendance, as were various other dignitaries, amongst them most of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Malta. Other members of the Order were in attendance in their personal capacity.
During the same evening, a book about Archbishop D’Errico, ‘Minister of God’s Epiphany,’ was launched. This publication included an article written by our Lieutenant. Our Lieutenancy always showed appreciation to Archbishop D’Errico’s mission in Malta and the excellent links he has with our Order.
We promise to support him in prayer as he explores the path that lies ahead in his ministry.
We are honored to have been invited to commemorate the End of the Mission of the Aposolic Nuncio Mgr. Alessandro D’Errico. A Pontifical Mass was held at St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina, presided by the Apostolic Nuncio, assisted by our Grand Prior Archbishop Charles J Scicluna and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi, a member of our Order.This celebration had the Patronage of the President of the Republic Dr George Vella. In attendance were members of EOHSJ Malta led by the Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo, together with a representation from the Maltese Association of SMOM.In November last year, our Order conferred His Excellency the Nuncio with the Cross of Merit with Silver Star. He has always been a great friend to our Order and attending his End of Mission mass in Malta was a great privilege.
Knight Commander Charles A. Gauci, Chief Herald of Arms of Malta, a long-standing member of our Order, recently received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in recognition of his many years of service in the British Army.
He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps (1976-1992) rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He saw active service in Northern Ireland for which he was awarded the Op. Banner Campaign medal and was also awarded the Order of the League of Mercy (founded by Queen Victoria) for his pro bono work in the field of Pain relief.
Our Lieutenancy held a First Friday Mass at the Vocations Chapel inside the Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat. Mass was celebrated by Rev. Can. Knight Robin Camilleri, one of our ecclesiastical members. Several members of the Council led by the Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo, members of the Order, postulants, and family members attended the celebration. Mass was animated by Dame Lydia Buttigieg along Soprano Stephanie Degiorgio Wismayer. A donation towards the Seminary Vocations Cetre was collected.