Order of Malta Motto: "Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum"
Spring Edition 2016 
Ordinary Time   

Greetings to each of you as we enter into a beautiful Spring season here in Minnesota! 

We have just returned from the annual Lourdes pilgrimage and as always many graces and blessings were experienced by all.  It was an honor to travel with the four Malades and their caregivers from Minnesota and each one experienced the blessings of Our Lady in Lourdes in their own unique way.  Jean Lown, DM went for the first time to Lourdes this year and shares her experience with you in this newsletter.

During this month of May, which has traditionally honored our dearest Mother Mary, I encourage you to take the time to learn the Salve Regina, which has ended evening prayer for centuries.  Every Knight, Dame and Auxiliary should know this Marian Antiphon which is sung in Latin. We have provided you with some links and more details about this antiphon below.

I was honored to be invited by the Archdiocese to participate, along with the rest of the Minnesota Delegation of the Order of Malta, at the Installation Mass for Archbishop Hebda today.  What a joyous occasion for all of us and the answer to so many prayers. I look forward to supporting the Archbishop in any way he calls upon our members to serve in this local church.

May the sweet blessings of Our Lady of Fatima, whose feast we celebrate today, surround you with peace and love.

Warmest Regards,

Anne Marie Hansen, DM
Minnesota Area Chair
Prayer Intentions
Minnesota Prayer Intentions
  • Please keep Joshua Berry and the Berry family in your prayers as they continue to struggle with the effects of Patau Syndrome. 
  • For Archbishop Hebda as our new Shepard of the Archdiocese
  • For those MN area members and their families that are dealing with illness, both physical and mental.
Please email Ivan Posthumus, KM if you would like to include someone in the upcoming MN Area prayer intentions list.

American Association Member's Prayer Intentions
Two of our east coast Knights, AC and Michael O'Rourke, have a prayer intentions email distribution list. If you would like to add your prayer intentions to the list or would like to pray for those on the list, you can request to be added to the distribution list by emailing  Michael O'Rourke
Sing to Mary / Learn about the Marian Antiphon: Salve Regina
Chant was born out of a trans-cultural need to find a music appropriate for a liturgical rite that crossed the various cultures of Europe, or at least of the Holy Roman Empire but, with the re-emergence in our time of national or cultural translations and adaptations of that unified liturgy, chant has become, in many quarters, an oddity of musical history often relegated to a dusty niche in the history of Western music or ceded to New Age devotees who listen to chant without understanding its text. Click here to read more. 

Here are samples of two renditions of Salve Regina by 
John Michael Talbot, Chant From The Hermitage CD  and by  Robert Kochis, Salve Regina CD
Jean Lown Lourdes Pilgrimage 2016
Although I have been
on  two prior pilgrimages to Lourdes, the pilgrimage with the Order of Malta was different because I experienced Lourdes through the eyes of our malades . I received so many unexpected blessings and insights from my interactions with them.  Lourdes truly is a special place of hope and spiritual healing for all of us. Click here to read more of Jean's Lourdes experience
Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Help
The Order of Malta, American Association will be conducting its First Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin on August 4th - August 7th. The pilgrimage will be comprised of small group of 5-6 Malades and Caregivers  from the Midwest.

MN area members may sponsor a person as a candidate.  Each candidate will be evaluated by the Malade Selection Committee.  Click here to read more about the pilgrimage. If you have further questions please contact Anne Marie Hansen, DM.
Artist Inspired to write Icon for Year of Mercy
From Prayers Comes Icon for the Year of Mercy
          By Rosemary Lane

Vivian Imbruglia was in her studio when she first heard news of Pope Francis's Jubilee of Mercy.
"I had this burning feeling that the Year of Mercy was so needed. And what could I do?" she said.
Imbruglia, who creates icons for religious groups, churches, and other commissioners, began praying and researching everything she could about the Year of Mercy-a year dedicated to the Pope's call for a " revolution of tenderness." The Jubilee, which began last December, runs until November 20, 2016. On April 3, Catholics will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day that celebrates  St. Faustina's revelations on mercy. Click   here to read more
Saint of the Order
St. Flora of Beaulieu

St. Flora of Beaulieu, also known as "Flora of the Hospitallers of Saint John" was born in Auvergne, France in 1309. In 1324 she entered the Priory of Beaulieu of the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem. She had the gifts of levitation, stigmata, and prophesy. 

Her feast day is Oct 5th.  To learn more about  St. Flora of Beaulieu click here .
MN Member Spotlight

Steve Hawkins, KM and "The Men of Over Flow" featured in MPR story titled "Bittersweet goodbye to a St Paul shelter some called home".  

Catholic Charities honors "The Men of Over Flow" with the Dorothy Day Community Service Award  for their efforts in serving those in need for so many nights over so many winters. Click here to read more about the works of "The Men of Over Flow"
Thoughts from our Chaplain
 Mary's Month and the Order of Malta
        Fr. Joseph Johnson, ChM   
The month of May is dedicated to honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. How fitting that in the United States it includes the civil holiday of Mother's Day since Jesus gave His Mother to be our spiritual mother in one of His last words on the Cross! May 1st is the Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker when we recall the Virgin's faithful husband and his humble labor to provide for the Holy Family. May 31st is the Feast of the Visitation when we see Mary moving from contemplation of "the Word made flesh" in her womb into action! Click here to read more
A Reflection by Pope Francis
" We want to live this Jubilee Year in light of the Lord's words: Merciful like the Father. The Evangelist reminds us of the teaching of Jesus who says, "Be merciful just as your Father is merciful" (Lk 6:36). It is a program of life as demanding as it is rich with joy and peace. Jesus's command is directed to anyone willing to listen to his voice (cf. Lk
 6:27). In order to be capable of mercy, therefore, we must first of all dispose ourselves to listen to the Word of God. This means rediscovering the value of silence in order to meditate on the Word that comes to us. In this way, it will be possible to contemplate God's mercy and adopt it as our lifestyle."
- Pope Francis
" Jubilee of Mercy" for the official site
Mercy in Action in Minnesota
The spiritual work of mercy for your reflection and practice is: Admonishing the Sinner. Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way and correct their mistakes.  Together we can learn to walk more closely with Christ. 

The corporal work of mercy for your reflection and practice is: Shelter The Homeless. There are many circumstances that could lead to someone becoming a person without a home.  Christ encourages us to go out and meet those without homes, affirming their worth and helping them seek a resolution to the challenges they face.

Upcoming MN Area opportunities to put into action the spiritual and corporal works of Mercy for our Masters the Sick and Poor:
  • Packing food for Haiti on June 28th, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Urban Refuge Church. If you have questions please contact Bob Hanten, KM
  • Feed the Poor at the Dorothy Day Center on Friday, July 26th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. If you have any questions please contact Steve Hawkins, KM
Upcoming MN Area Events
1. The Feast of St. John the Baptist - June 24th

Our celebration of The Feast of St. John the Baptist will be held June 24th at the Cathedral of St Paul, 310 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN .  Mass will start at 6:30 followed by dinner at 7:00 PM. Knights and Dames will vest and Auxiliary are encouraged to wear red. 
Invitations will be mailed.

2. Book Club: Beatitudes Eight Steps to Happiness

The SMOM MN Area Spring 2016 Formation Book Study has two upcoming sessions on:
  • June 2nd 
  • June 23rd 

Sessions begin at 6:30 PM in the University Club second floor library. Click here to learn more about the book, Beatitudes: Eight Steps to Happiness by Raniero Cantalamessa 

The University Club is located at 420 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55102. For directions to the University Club in St. Paul  click here

3. SMOM MN Area Picnic - September 24th

The MN area will have its annual picnic on Saturday, September 24th. More information will be sent out in the near future
Minnesota Area Grants
The MN area submitted a grant application to New York in April and we are waiting on approval. The 2016 grant request is for $4,400.00 to purchase kitchen supplies for the new Dorothy Day Center. 
Those of us who have prepared and served meals at the current Dorothy Day facilities are looking forward to the joy of working in the new kitchen. 
Once the grant is approved by the Board of Councilors the Dorothy Day Center will receive the check by the end of June.
The window for 2017 grant applications starts in January and ends by March 15th. We are interested in hearing from our members for suggested grant recipients. Please contact Marc Jenny, KM Area Grants Chair with suggestions or questions.  
In This Issue
An Extraordinary Jubiliee of Mercy thought...

Watch this video on "An Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy"  by Jeff Cavins
SMOM MN Area 2016 Events Calendar

Spirituality Corner
"A growing community must integrate three elements: 
  -a life of silent prayer
  -a life of service and above all of listening to the poor 
   -a community life     through which all its members can grow in their own gift." 
          - Jean Vanier
2016 Year of Discernment for Investiture
Barbara Dries
Dr. David Dries
Jacob Rodenbiker
2016 MN Area Auxiliary Members
Jessica Aleman
Richard Aleman
Barry Bruss
Paul Drucker
James Fredrickson
Lisa Hanten
Susan Linnell
Eileen Noble
Jim Noble
Order of Malta Around the World
Order of Malta leaders in healthcare, social and humanitarian issues meet in Fort St Angelo, Birgu, to review world health concerns and plan future care. Click here to read more.
MN Area Board
Read the current edition of the American Association Newsletter, "Hospitallers"

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The Holy Door or 
'P orta Sancta'
at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes

   - Malta  Pilgrimage 2016
Click here to see a larger version of this photo and read more about what is a Holy Door?
Mission Statement of the Order of Malta
The Order of Malta is a worldwide, lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, which seeks to glorify God by promoting the sanctification of each member through his or her work with the sick and the poor and defense of the Catholic faith. 
To learn more please visit:    www.orderofmaltaamerican.org

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