Boston Area News and Events

Annual Liturgy and Dinner 2015


Over 150 members came together on October 22 for our Annual Liturgy and Dinner with special guests Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Fr. James Martin, SJ, and Eric Donovan. It was a beautiful gathering celebrating our mission and community.

Recognizing the important work we do, Cardinal Seán shared a reflection on his visit with us on his blog; “We were very pleased to see such a large turnout of Knights and Dames, as well as a large number of young people who are joining the auxiliary group. We are blessed to have such a strong presence of the Order of Malta in the Boston area. They do such important work locally, nationally and globally promoting the mission of the Church, particularly Catholic healthcare, humanitarian efforts and outreach to the poor.”

Helping Feed the Hungry with Cor Unum, Lawrence, MA

As Knights and Dames, we don’t just talk about feeding the hungry. We actually do it. Partnering with Cor Unum, a meal center in Lawrence, MA, members of the Order help prepare and serve meals to underfed women, men, and children in one of the poorest communities in the Commonwealth. Guests are served on china plates at comfortable round tables in a freshly decorated room. By greeting each guest with dignity, respect, and love, we are feeding the bodies and souls of the hungry.

Annual Liturgy and Dinner 2014

On October 9 over 80 members of the Order celebrated our Annual Liturgy and Dinner at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA. In addition to our beloved Chaplains, our Mass was presided by the new Bishop of Fall River, Most Reverend Edgar Moreira da Cunha, S.D.V., who was also our keynote speaker.

Bishop Moreira da Cunha shared, “I find myself in a new state, in a new diocese, in a place I’ve never been… I am convinced that this is really part of God’s plan.” Bishop da Cunha went on to encourage us to “look at your lives, your events, your own history and say, ‘Lord, thank you for bringing me here.”

It was a beautiful celebration of friendship and a reminder of the significance of our shared call to live our Malta charism in our daily lives and within our communities.

2013 Lourdes Pilgrimmage

The American Association has been participating in the International Order of Malta Pilgrimage to Lourdes since 1986. In recent years we have brought over 300 pilgrims each year, including approximately 50 Malades and their caregivers who are our special guests. They are cared for by the Knights and Dames, the Association’s Auxiliary, our physicians, nurses and clergy. The travel expenses for the Malades and their caregivers are funded by the American Association.

During the pilgrimage, we wear the service uniform of the Order with a patch showing our nationality, and join with our confreres from throughout the world in living the 900-year-old mission of the Order; Obsequim pauperum (service to the sick and the poor) and tuitio fidei (nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith).