Special vespers held at St. Nicholas Church, Valletta.

5th December, 2022

On the personal invitation of the Patriarchal Exarch of Malta, Metropolitan Kyrillos of Krini, members of the Council representing our Lieutenant and Order, participated during special vespers held at St. Nicholas Church, Valletta.

The ceremony was presided by His All-Holiness the Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in the presence of His Grace Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna and other distinguished guests.

This was a historical moment for this was the first ever visit of the Head of all the Orthodox Church to Malta, marking 40 years from the establishment of the patriarchate.

Investiture in Milan

15th October 2022

A Maltese delegation composed of the Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo, his spouse, the treasurer Comm. Ray Mercieca and spouse Dame Tania Mercieca, participated during the investiture ceremonies held in Milan inside the church complex of Santa Maria della Pace, upon the invitation of H.E. Comm Angelo Domenico Dell’Oro, Lieutenant of Italia Settentrionale.

The investiture was presided by the Grand Prior of the Lieutenancy H.E. Mons Maurizio Malvestiti, Bishop of Lodi.

Investiture in Córdoba

On the 7th and 8th October the Chancellor, Knight Grand Officer Ray M Cassar and the Secretary of the Lieutenancy Knight Commander Christopher Busuttil Delbridge represented the Lieutenant, Knight Grand Cross H.E Roberto Buontempo at an investiture ceremony inside the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba on the invitation of the Lieutenant of Western Spain H.E. Knight Grand Cross Jose Carlos Sanjuan y Monforte, in the presence of H.E. the Governor General Leonardo Visconti di Modrone.

Exaltation of the Cross

18th September 2022

Our members were invited by the Arch-confraternity of the Blessed Crucifix to take part in a Mass at Ta’ Giezu Church in Valletta, followed by a procession. The Mass was celebrated by the Guardian Fr Ramon Farrugia OFM.

Photo credits:

Joseph M. Meli (1957 – ) Photographic Library Jo Meli and Silvio Pace

Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

15 September 2022

Mass De Requiem for Queen Elizabeth II

Members of the Maltese Lieutenancy, led by the Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo, participated together with members from SMOM Malta Association, during a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The celebration took place at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta and was held on the initiative of our Grand Prior and Archbishop of Malta Mons Charles J Scicluna.

Photos Ian Noel Pace

Solemn Translation and Vespers at Senglea

7th September

A representation of our Order led by the Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo, participated during the Solemn Translation and Vespers’ vigil preceding the feast of Our Lady of the Nativity in Senglea, Malta.

The function was officiated by our ecclesiastical member Rev Can Chev Robin Camilleri, Archpriest of the Collegiate Basilica of Senglea.

Message From Our Lieutenant On The Occasion of Our ‘Would-Be’ Investiture Weekend

Today would have marked the beginning of our Investiture Weekend 2020, a much cherished and longed for event in the lives of all members of the Order and especially so in the lives of the postulants who would have been joining the Maltese Lieutenancy this year.  Unfortunately the Lord had other plans for us and our ceremony had to be rescheduled.

H.E. Roberto Buontempo, our Lieutenant, has produced a heartfelt video message in Maltese which can be accessed via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klCE3gHUZkA.

He has also written the attached letter in English to reach all postulants, members and confreres/consoeurs worldwide.


God bless you all.


Deus Lo Vult!