O R D E R O F M A LTA
F E D E R A L A S S O C I AT I O N , U S A
JULY, 2008 — Vol. XVII, No. 2
St. John’s Day - Houston — Joe Dempsey
This year the Federal Association celebrated its “official”
observance of the Feast of St. John the Baptist in Houston,
Texas. Members of the Board of Directors flew in from around
the country and were treated to a two-day program of Masses,
touring, and good fellowship.
The celebration of St. John the Baptist began Thursday
evening with a lovely Mass and dinner at the home of Bob
and Kate Signorelli. His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
served as the unofficial doorman and official celebrant and
homilist at the Mass. His Eminence spoke movingly and
knowledgeably about the readings of the day and their correla-
tion to the past and present of the Order of Malta.
Bright and early on Friday morning a bus ferried the
Board members and their spouses for a tour of the Federal
Association’s projects and other points of interest in Houston. At the Casa Juan Diego Clinic – L-R: Ron and Margaret Riesmeyer, Diane Festa,
Bob Young, KM, was the tour guide and provided great histor- Kate Signorelli, Charles Scholz, Mark & Louise Zwick (the directors of Casa Juan
ical insights at every turn throughout the city. Diego), Noreen Falcone, Ed Festa, and Paul McNamara.
The first stop was Martha’s Kitchen – a soup kitchen that serves
lunch to 350 to 400 people every day Monday through Friday. The
center is run by Sister Maria Elena and Sister Julie, two wonderful
Divine Providence Sisters, with the help of St. Martha’s Church and
the weekly volunteers from the Federal Association. During Sister’s
presentation, Noreen Falcone, the president of the Federal
Association, announced a grant to Martha’s Kitchen for $22,000
would be approved that afternoon by the Board to help pay for a
new walk-in freezer.
The next stop was Casa Juan Diego — a shelter for immigrants
that provides food, housing, clothing, and free medical care for
those with no place to turn for help. The Federal Association has
supplied free medicines to the clinic for two years, and our Knights
and Dames volunteer at the clinic once a month.
Come on in – Cardinal DiNardo welcomes Mary and Joe Swift to the Mass After the Board of Directors meeting, the group was joined by
and dinner at the Signorelli home. members of the Order from Houston, Dallas, and Louisiana for
Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Once again Cardinal
DiNardo was the principal celebrant, and after Mass he received the
cross and collar that befits the dignity of Bailiff Grand Cross of
Honor and Devotion, which is awarded by the Order to all of its
chaplains who are elevated to the College of Cardinals.
Who’s the Boss? – The evening culminated with a most enjoyable and social (no
Noreen Falcone and speeches) dinner at the Petroleum Club. The Association is most
Sister Maria Elena share grateful to Cardinal DiNardo, the Signorellis, Charles Scholz, Bob
a serious moment at Young, Lisa LaPoint, Stephen Sleezer and all of the other members
Martha’s Kitchen. in Houston who did so much to make this trip to Houston so
INSIDE President’s Letter - p.3 Lourdes Pilgrimage - p.4 Regional Reports - p. 6-7
THIS ISSUE Grant’s Report - p.3 New Orleans Project - p.5 Investiture Weekend - p.8
B OA R D R E P O R T — Joe Dempsey
On June 20 the Federal Association’s contributing nearly $900,000 to the 2008 to name a few) the Regional Hospitallers
Board of Directors met in Houston, Texas. Annual Fund. This is a very significant discussed at their annual spring meeting. One
Some of the reports / discussions from that increase over last year, but many Directors of the major differences is the increased role
meeting are found below: were very concerned that 30% of our each Regional Hospitaller will play in the
In the Treasurer’s Report, Robert Easby- members choose NOT to contribute. Their admissions and formation process for candi-
Smith noted that the initiation or Passage Fees recommendation was that a renewed effort be dates in their region. The local Hospitaller
for new members would be increased this year made to educate all of our members about will never be expected to approve / not
(to $4,000) because the Sovereign Council of the priority of giving to the Order of Malta approve, but rather indicate that they are
the Order raised its new member assessment should take in our member’s lives. aware of each candidate’s nomination for
from 2000 to 2500 Euros. Several members of G. Patrick (Pat) Clancy, the immediate membership and formation progress.
the Board asked about the method that these past-president and chairman of the Noreen Falcone reported that there will be
increases and other actions of the Sovereign Nominating Committee, reported that the 3-4 representatives of the Federal Association
Council are discussed with and approved by newly-formed committee (Noreen Falcone, at the Order’s Long Range Planning Meeting
the National Associations. The Treasurer also ex officio, John Becker, J. Paul McNamara, and in Venice in January 2009. It was also reported
reported that the 2008 Lourdes Pilgrimage Joseph Tronco) had met and would soon be that two activities were approved for the
finished in a positive cash position for the first sending out their Nomination Forms to the Sunday after Investiture (October 19) – a
time. Part of this was due to the Association’s membership. Members will then have 30- brunch for Dames of the Order sponsored by
forward purchase of Euros several months days to submit their nominations for the the Holy Family Hospital Foundation, and a
earlier, and another factor was the decision to Board of Directors, and the election ballot reception at the Embassy of Haiti sponsored
ask for a partial payment from / for every will be mailed in September. by the Federal Association members involved
Malade, companion, and member of the clergy. In the Hospitallers Report, Michael with Project Crudem / Hopital Sacré Coeur in
(In years past there was no charge for these Sullivan discussed the expanded “job descrip- Haiti. Madame President also announced that
groups.) tion” that has been developed for the the Federal Association would be sponsoring
Maggie Griffin, the Association’s Director Regional Hospitallers nationwide, and Phase III of the Home Renovation Program
of Development, reported nearly 70% of the described some of the sub-committees (spiri- in New Orleans, beginning in September
Association’s Knights and Dames will end up tual activities, communications, and finances – 2008.
Spring Retreat - Baltimore, Maryland — G. Edward Dickey
Fr.Timothy Kulbicki, OFM Conv, led the weekend as well.
the Federal Association’s one and one-half The recently installed Archbishop of
day Spring Retreat on June 7 and 8 at the Baltimore, The Most Reverend Edwin F.
St. Mary’s Seminary and University in O’Brien, honored the group by joining
Baltimore, Maryland. them during the Saturday evening dinner.
Father Kulbicki is the Dean of the The Archbishop informally shared his
School of Theology and Associate Professor perspectives on several topics including the
of Church History at the Seminary, and he need for the Order to vigorously defend
chose Pope Benedict new encyclical letter, the faith and to bring our faith to the
Spe Salve—In Hope We are Saved—as the public area.
theme of his remarks and the liturgies. His About 30 individuals equally divided
presentations drew upon his insights as a between commuters and those taking
theologian and his thorough knowledge of advantage of the fine lodging accommoda-
the history and missions of SMOM. tions at the Center participated in the
During his four conferences, Father power- weekend’s activities. Well represented in
fully related the messages of the Holy the group were candidates who along with
Father’s letter to the missions of our the other participants left with a deep Rev. Timothy Kulbicki, discussed Pope
Benedict’s newest encyclical - In Hope We
Order: defense of the faith and service to appreciation of the powerful messages of are Saved - and how it relates to the Order’s
the poor and the sick. The music of the the Encyclical and their specific relevance dual charism of defending the faith and
liturgies carefully reinforced the theme of to the Order of Malta. serving the poor and sick.
Published by the Federal Association of the Order of Malta, 1730 M Street, Suite 403,Washington, DC 20036, phone 202-331-2494 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributing
to this edition were Michele Bowe, Adam Carter, Margaret Counselman, Joseph Dempsey, Ed Dickey, Noreen Falcone, John Massman,Thomas Mulligan, and Stephen
Sleezer. Special thanks to Claudia Hoffman for her assistance with layout and design.
JULY, 2008 — p. 2 order of malta
FROM THE PRESIDENT
This has been a very dramatic year for the dence that we received a letter from the addition to the President)
Order of Malta. Early in the year, we lost our Grand Magistry announcing an and they recommend
dear Grand Master Fra’ Andrew Bertie and International Seminar planned for January of that the delegation
elected Fra’ Matthew Festing as the 79th 2009 in Venice entitled “Ten Years Ahead”. include “Dames” as well
Prince and Grand Master of the Order. In 2004, the seminar in Malta focused on a as a younger member. I believe that we will see
In May, the Federal Association traveled unified vision of Spirituality of the Order, some significant changes in the way the Order
to France for our annual pilgrimage to the activation of members and the modern- conducts business and I am sure the new Grand
Lourdes. There we joined some 8,000 ization of the central government of the Master will “throw open the windows” and let
members of the Order, volunteers, compan- Order. in some fresh air.
ions and over 1500 malades. It was the 150th The seminar in Venice will focus on a I am excited about this seminar and we
Anniversary of the Apparitions as well as the longer-term view, aiming to reach conclu- will be looking for views and ideas from all
50th Anniversary for the Orders’ pilgrimage sions on some of the major issues pertaining of you in preparation for our participation.
to Lourdes. Everyone agreed that it was a to the direction for the Order and its It is recommended that we prepare a paper
very special experience. Priories over the next ten years: to be submitted by October 1, 2008. It is
Since our return, we have been focusing G Vocations and the Development of All important for us to produce concrete
on visits to our regions. Officers, directors, Members of our Religious Order recommendations and plans for action. If we
and staff have traveled to Atlanta, Charlotte are diligent in our preparation, I am
and Houston in the past two months, G Charism of the Order in light of the convinced we can help determine the
looking at the different ways we serve the Teachings of the Holy Father course of action for the Order and our
sick and the poor as well as centering our G Hospitaller Works to address the needs future.
attention on the different ways we educate of the world, and Please feel free to send me your thoughts
our members in their Defense of the Faith G The voice of the Order in the concert by e-mail or post. We will have a committee
and how we encourage a deepening of our of Nation to study the ideas and produce a document
own spirituality. to be sent to Rome.This is a great opportu-
It was then a most opportune coinci- We will likely send 5-6 delegates (in nity; please pray over it and then participate!
The Grants Committee met on May 28 their children. A complete listing of all of America. This is the
and reviewed grant requests from sixteen the agencies supported by our Grants geographic area within the
agencies. Thanks to outstanding prep work Program can be found on the Federal purview of the Federal
done by Lourdes Iglesias, our committee was Association website – www.smom.org Association. Other associa-
able to review a tremendous amount of infor- The primary mission of the Grants tions of the Order, similarly,
mation about each agency, better enabling us Committee is to provide financial or materiel have their own designated
to make judicious decisions about how the support to organizations and programs that areas of interest. Domestic grants are made
Association’s funds are used. provide direct assistance to the poor, the sick, primarily in areas where our members live.
The committee recommended that 12 the elderly and victims of natural disasters. Every member of the Grants Committee
of the requests be approved. Some of the Most programs selected for assistance are reads each and every grant proposal that is
approved grants include funds for a walk-in church-related and must be consistent with received. The Committee meets twice a year
freezer at Martha’s Kitchen in Houston (a the spirit of the Catholic Church and the and discusses each grant request in depth.
volunteer project for our Knights and purposes of the Order. After discussing each proposal and mindful of
Dames there) and funds for medical A member of the Federal Association the funds available for distribution from the
supplies and equipment at the Shepherd’s must sponsor each request for funding. The Annual Appeal, the Grants Committee makes
Clinic in Baltimore. Shepherd’s will also be sponsor is required to submit a letter citing a recommendation to the Board of Directors
supported by our Association’s Domestic his or her involvement and must be able to for appropriate funding.
Clinic Program (free medicines). We also vouch for the program’s effectiveness in All proposals for grants should be
approved funding for new dental equip- serving the poor and the sick. The submitted to the Federal Association office.
ment for the Somos Amigos medical committee gives preference to projects The application and detailed guidelines are
mission in the Dominican Republic, and where members of the Order are actively available online on the Federal Associations
for home repairs and expansion at Mother’s involved as volunteers. website. The Grants Committee will meet
Home, a residential facility outside International grants are made primarily to again on October 8, 2008. The deadline for
Philadelphia for young, single mothers and countries in the Caribbean Basin and Central receipt of applications is September 30, 2008.
federal association review JULY, 2008 — p. 3
Lourdes Pilgrimage 2008 — Adam Augustine Carter
In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our
Lady to Bernadette Soubirous at the Grotto of Masabielle in
Lourdes, Pope Benedict XVI granted a plenary indulgence to
pilgrims who would visit four holy sites between December
2007 and December 2008. They are: 1) the Grotto where the
Blessed Mother appeared to Bernadette, 2) the Cachot – the
small former prison cell where the six Soubirous Family
members lived, 3) the original baptismal font where Bernadette
was baptized contained in the Parish Church that was built to
replace the original parish, and 4) the chapel at the Hospice
where she received her first Holy Communion.
The challenge for our Federal Association’s pilgrimage (April 30
to May 7, 2008) was to visit these sites along with our record
number of malades (46) and companions (54), and our record
number of total pilgrims by a long shot (346, 50 more than our Michelle Miller, a candidate in the class of 2009, gives a drink of water
previous record), and even though we had never before visited to a malade at the International Mass in the St. Pius X Basilica. An esti-
two of the sites as a group.To make things more difficult, several mated 30,000 pilgrims attended this Mass.
of the roads leading to and in front of the Cachot were under
repair in preparation for the Pope’s visit later this year.
Despite the crowds, the long lines, and uncharacteristically sunny
and very hot weather, our 8 teams did a remarkable job of
keeping it all together. Skillfully led by Chairman Mike
McGarry, the Lourdes Committee and Team Leaders did a great
job leading our largest group ever through the most crowded
streets of Lourdes ever observed by any of our pilgrims. During
this Jubilee Year, officials estimate that the number of pilgrims
will increase from 6 to 10 million.There were moments on the
streets and on the Domaine that it felt like all 10 million were
on hand at that time.
As with any pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Federal Association
which annually coincides with the pilgrimage of the entire
Order of Malta, words fail to capture the joy, the piety, the The Prince and Grand Master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, greets Theresa
pageantry, the drama, the side-splitting good humor, the wealth Martter and her grandson, Zachary, after the Grotto Mass on Saturday
of good work and good ideas (and some not so good), and the morning. Theresa is the Regional Hospitaller for the Dallas area, and
downright fun of the trip. For rookies and veterans of the Zachary accompanied the group as a Malade.
pilgrimage alike it was a particular privilege to meet and see and
pray with the newly elected Prince and Grand Master of the
Order, Fra’ Matthew Festing. He has a cheerful manner and a
good sense of humor. And we were particularly honored that he
spent time praying with us and our malades in the Grotto where
he later presented pilgrim medals to our malades and their
companions after Mass.
None of the signature events of the pilgrimage were sacrificed in
order to visit all four of the sites for the plenary indulgence, in
fact there were a number of new developments. There are beau-
tiful new stations of the cross on the Prairie to compliment the
famous life-sized stations on the hillside, and we held a post-
country tour cocktail party, supper and talent show in the
spacious Salle des Fetes in Lourdes. All in all this years was
another triumph for our Association that we were able to serve
so many so well. J. Michael McGarry, the chairman of the Federal Association’s Lourdes
Committee, welcomes the members of the three US associations at the
opening Mass of the pilgrimage in the Rosary Basilica.
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PHASE III - ORDER M A LTA H O M E R E N O VAT I O N P R O G R A M – P H A S E I I I
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
SEPTEMBER 2008 – APRIL 2009
From March 2005 – April 2007, over 400 members of the Order of
Malta from all across the US participated in Phase I & II of the Order
of Malta Home Renovation Program in New Orleans.Thanks to a
successful partnership with Rebuilding Together, Catholic Charities of
New Orleans and the New Orleans Marriott our volunteers worked
16 one-week work sessions in Treme, Gentilly, and New Orleans East
- -and 26 families have moved back in their homes as a result of
the great work done by our Order of Malta volunteers.
So successful was the program that we have decided to extend it for
seven more sessions – September, October & December 2008 and
January, February, March, and April 2009.The exact work weeks are
listed below, along with all of the other information about the program.
In Phase I our volunteers worked on homes with major damage requiring extensive and expensive repairs.Teams of 40-50 volunteers
worked all week, and the house would still be weeks from completion. In Phase II we worked in houses that required a week’s worth of
finishing work before the family was able to move back in. Our work crews were between 15-20, and the model worked very well. For
Phase III we are only accepting 25 volunteers per week.
We need seven teams of volunteer workers, 20-25 per team, one team for each of the weeks listed below.Volunteers will arrive on their own
on Sunday afternoon, and check into the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street. We work Monday – Thursday (except December, which
will be Monday – Saturday) from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All three meals will be provided, and there will be a farewell party on the last night.
Frequently asked questions
New Orleans Home Renovation Program
What kind of work will we be doing? - There is a job for everyone! Our
volunteers will be assigned to help the skilled tradesmen provided by
Rebuilding Together.We will be scraping, cleaning, painting, landscaping,
dry-walling, taping, installing appliances, and hauling supplies. Nobody will
be asked to do anything that they can’t handle.
Who else can volunteer? – Knights, Dames, candidates, family and friends
are invited to participate.Volunteers must be at least 18 years-old and
healthy enough to perform fairly strenuous labor.
Where will the volunteers be staying? – We will be staying at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street.The good people at Marriott are
offering our rooms at a very reduced rate and have been very generous to this program and gracious to all of our volunteers.
What about meals and other logistics? – There will be a simple breakfast (muffins, fruit, juice, and coffee) at the hotel, a boxed lunch at the
jobsite, and a hot dinner every night back at the Marriott.There will be a simple briefing meeting before dinner on the first night, and a
Farewell Banquet on our last night.
Do I have to pay anything? - Yes. In order to s-t-r-e-t-c-h our funds for this Home Available Work Sessions
Renovation Program we ask all volunteers to pay (almost all of) their way. Members of the Sunday -Friday
Order, candidates, and friends pay $500 for the week.This covers your hotel room, all meals, in- September 21 – 26
town transportation, shirts, hats, and other expenses associated with the project. Members of the October 26 – 31
Auxiliary (anybody under age 35) will pay $350 per person. December 1 - 6
What do we wear? – Work clothes and sturdy boots / shoes. All volunteers will be outfitted January 11 - 16
with 4 tee-shirts and a hat. Gloves and dust masks will be provided at the jobsite. February 1 - 6
March 22 – 27
What to do? – If you wish to participate, please send in your sign-up sheet and payment as April 19 – 24
soon as possible to the Federal Association office.The sign-up sheets can be found at
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Montgomery County, MD Kansas City — Caritas Award
Michele Bowe The Federal Association received the Caritas Award from Catholic Charities of Kansas City
for its longtime sponsorship and volunteer support of the Duchesne Free Health Clinic.
In March, members of the Federal Association
from Montgomery County organized the
fourth annual Mass of Anointing at Our Lady
of Mercy in Potomac, Maryland. Knights,
Dames, and candidates from Washington and
Northern Virginia also participated as volun-
teers and escorts. Sixty five malades took part
in the anointing service, and they were assisted
by over seventy members of the Order and
Montgomery County members continued
with their practice of gathering for monthly
Mass and get-togethers at these parishes: Our
Lady of Mercy, Blessed Sacrament, Holy
Redeemer and Little Flower.These groups
also provide a forum to discuss the local
volunteer opportunities and needs.
Pictured at the award presentation ceremony are, L-R: Jim & Georgia Lynch, Bernard Dierks,
Joanne Teahan, Sue Dierks, Rich Teahan, Dick & Bernadette Miller, Bishop Raymond Boland,
Our volunteers at the Gift of Peace (a resi- Susan Stanton, and Tom & Sheila Weiford. Not pictured is John Massman, the longtime
dence for homeless women/children and Regional Hospitaller for Kansas City.
men with AIDS) bring meals, visit with the
residents, and spell the Missionaries of Hartford, Connecticut — Jean-Pierre van Rooy
Charity so they can pray or rest. In addition,
our members teach a weekly arts and crafts With nearly 20 members and candidates in care, blood tests, x-rays (including MRI),
class for the residents. formation, the Federal Association’s presence and related medicines. In the past year and
in north-central Connecticut is growing a half, the clinic has seen over 4,600
At Malta House (an assisted living facility for every year. In the middle of the land of the patients. The volunteer doctors also provide
the frail elderly) the residents are treated to Algonquians the flag of the Order of Malta referrals to specialists and tertiary care
prayer and Rosary each week led by a flies above the Malta House of Care in providers in their own hospital / practice
regular cadre of Federal Association volun- Hartford, Connecticut. (often at no charge as well).
teers. In addition, our members organize a
seasonal parties or holiday activities. The primary effort of our Knights and The short-term goal is to increase the clinic
Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving Dames in the area has been the creation of hours and locations (the next one will be at
volunteers include the young children of the Malta House of Care, which is a the Cathedral), expand the outreach services
members of the Order who entertain the mobile medical clinic that sets up three of specialists, and to better educate the unin-
residents with music recitals, poetry readings, days a week at three different parish sured on caring for their medical conditions
and trivia games, stand up comedy and parking lots. It provides primary medical which threaten their health.
raucous games of bingo. Additionally,
members volunteer by leading weekly
enrichment activities such as crossword
puzzle afternoons, sing-alongs and current
May They Rest in Peace
Project Share (a food distribution center for
Jane C. Gude
agencies serving the poor) continues to Bethesda, Maryland
attract the early bird members of the Order
David C. Stenglein
on a monthly basis. Like Malta house,
members often bring their children along to
help out in this signature project of the
Truman M. Stacy
Order. Volunteer opportunities are also avail-
Lake Charles, Louisiana
able on selected Saturday mornings and
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Chicago Rebuilding Together
Chicago — Tom Mulligan
The Federal Association group in Chicago begins
each year with a Day of Recollection on the Vigil of
the Epiphany. This year's theme was: How following the
Four Arms of the Malta Cross can lead to our Epiphany.
Fr. Richard Fragomeni, who will be the retreat
director of the Association’s Fall Retreat in
November, was the presider.
The Chicago-Area Rebuilding Together Day was
again a great success and another way we build our
local Malta community. All of our Knights, Dames,
and candidates participates when, where and how
they are able and available in a project that leaves the
homeowner in a more spruced up, improved and
safer condition than when we started.
There were fourteen participants in this year's
Lourdes Pilgrimage, including three malades from the
area and companions, spouses and volunteers. While
Chicago-area members participated in the Rebuilding Together project
again this year. Pictured, above, L-R are Rich Klein, Josh Quail, Gene there, one of our malades, Fr. Andrew Wahmhoff,
DeMuro, Ruth McKinney Stokes(homeowner), and Tom Mulligan. OSB celebrated his 50th Jubilee as priest during the
grotto Mass. Dr Edgardo Yordan, (class of 2008)
served as a team doctor and was given a distinguished
appointment by Dr Prof Michel and Bishop Perrier,
only the second American to receive this honor, to
the Medical International Committee at Lourdes
comprised of 20 physicians to examine cases of
During the pilgrimage Ted Makarewicz made his
Promise as a Knight of Obedience at the Convent of
the Poor Clares witnessed by several members of the
Subpriory of Our Lady of Lourdes. Cardinal George
still has our 2010 Lourdes pilgrimage "penciled in"
to be with us.
The Chicago community continues to grow with five
to be invested this October and seven new candidates
in the Class of 2009. Additional projects are being
explored to offer more alternatives to the members in
addition to the St Thomas Soup Kitchen, Our Lady
of the Angels Mission and serving the Veterans
Hospitals. There is also a commitment to assist in the
growth and development of a working presence in
the Milwaukee area as three candidates entered the
class of 2009, joining one being invested in 2008 and
two members living there. There is a strong cross
loyalty and similar Midwestern mentality between
Chicago and Milwaukee. In both regions, new
prospects are already beginning to participate for
entry to the Class of 2010.
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Investiture Weekend hotel information
Rooms have been reserved (under
O C T O B E R 17 - 18 , 2 0 0 8
the name “Order of Malta”) on the
evenings of October 16, 17, and 18
F R I DAY, O C T O B E R 17 at the Mayflower Hotel, Jury’s
Washington Hotel and the Beacon
10:00 a.m. — Board of Directors Meeting - The Mayflower Hotel
Hotel. All three hotels are very near
12:30 p.m. — Luncheon for Board Members St. Matthew’s Cathedral. The rooms
/ rates will be held until September
2:00 p.m. — Mass/Investiture Rehearsal - St. Matthew’s Cathedral
CLASS OF 2008
The Renaissance Mayflower
4:00 p.m. — Defense of the Faith Presentation / Discussion
Hotel – 4-star hotel - $249 double
The Mayflower Hotel room – 1127 Connecticut Avenue,
6:30 p.m. — Cocktail Reception - following the planning meeting 1 block from St. Matthew’s
Cathedral – call Marriott reserva-
tion line – 1-800-228-9290.
S AT U R DAY, O C T O B E R 18 The Jury’s Washington Hotel –
4-star hotel - $199 double room -
10:00 a.m. — Investiture Mass and Ceremony - Class of 2008 (Jury’s Doyle Hotels are Ireland’s
St. Matthew's Cathedral most famous) 1500 New
12:45 p.m. — Annual Meeting and Luncheon - The Mayflower Hotel Hampshire Avenue on DuPont
Circle - call 1-866-JDHOTELS
7:00 p.m. — Annual Dinner - Embassy of Italy - Washington, DC
G 6:30 VIP reception for members of the class of 2008 The Beacon Hotel – 3-star hotel
G 7:00 reception - $219 double room – 17th Street
& Rhode Island Ave – call 202-
G 8:00 dinner
Save the Dates
Sept. 13 — Mass for the Sanctity of Life Our Dec. 15 — Deadline for Applications for
Lady of Lourdes Church, Bethesda, MD Admissions – Class of 2010
Most Reverend Donald Wuerl Jan. 11 – 16 — Home Renovation Program
Sept. 21 – 26 — Home Renovation Program – New Orleans – week # 4
New Orleans – week # 1 Jan. 16 – 18 — Florida Retreat – Marywood
Oct. 26 – 31 — Home Renovation Program – Spiritual Center – Jacksonville, Florida
New Orleans – week # 2 Rev. James Greenfield, OSFS
Oct. 31 – Nov 2 — Fall Retreat Feb 1 – 6 — Home Renovation Program
Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL New Orleans – week # 5
Rev. Richard Fragomeni March 22 - 27 — Home Renovation Program –
Nov. 7 – 9 — Western Pennsylvania Retreat New Orleans – week # 6
St.Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA April 19 – 24 — Home Renovation Program –
Rev. Mark Gruber, OSB, PhD New Orleans – week # 7
Dec. 1 – 6 — Home Renovation Program April 29 – May 6 — Order of Malta
New Orleans – week # 3 Pilgrimage to Lourdes