Order of Malta Motto: "Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum"
Winter Edition 2016 
Holy Family Hospital Luncheon 2015

We are excited to roll out our new e-newsletter with this first edition. As a reminder the newsletter will now be coming out on a quarterly basis and the annual calendar was mailed to you last fall so you could easily post it in your home. You can click on the Calendar icon to the right to see our area activities as well. I encourage you to consider taking a few moments to enter our area activities into your electronic calendars.

Warmest Regards,
Anne Marie Hansen, DM
Minnesota Area Chair
Prayer Intentions
Minnesota Prayer Intentions
-The Kocourek family -  Suzie's father, Hans passed   away on December 23, 2015
-The Noser family - Britt Noser's mom, Joan passed   away on January 12, 2016
-The Kennedy family - Celia Kennedy as she            continues her recovery from her automobile  accident

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
Retreat March 5th, 2016
Please join us for the SMOM MN Delegation Lenten Retreat. The theme of the retreat is " The "Heart" of Mercy - The Interior Life of the Confrere". Our Retreat Master will be Fr. Joseph Johnson
MN Delegation for Lourdes Pilgrimage 2016
Pilgrimage to Lourdes
April 27 - May 3, 2016
Delaney Diekmann, Malade
Paul Diekmann, Malade
Rebecca Diekmann, Caregiver
Patrick Clemons, Malade
Jean Lown, DM 
Sandra Davis, DM
Patrick Gaughan, KM 
Anne Marie Hansen, DM 
Rev.  Joseph Johnson, ChM 
Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Help
Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Help Aug 4- Aug 7, 2016
The American Association is planning a Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Help in Champion WI. We would like to have a MN area contingency take part in the pilgrimage and are asking for volunteers to form a committee for this event to help us plan. Contact our area Hospitaller if you are interested.
Spirituality In Action

Shelter for the Homeless

As we have for the last 5 winters, the Order of Malta MN Area is organizing and providing shelter to more than 40 homeless men each night from October through April in the old offices of Catholic Charities - St. Paul - adjacent to the Dorothy Day Center. To learn more about what we do and to view our sign up calendar, Click Here. Because of you, no one will be turned away from getting a goodnights rest in a warm bed.
Prison Ministry
The American Association of the Order of Malta has adopted Prison Ministry as a national project. This is a ministry that can be implemented in each of the American Association Areas across the country. There is a Prison Ministry Workshop to be held at
St Joseph Catholic Church in Rosemount, MN on March 5 th
Click here for more information on the prison Ministry workshop.
Feeding the Haitian Children
Recently we received an email from Dr. Kelly from Sister Ann thanking our area for the work being done by the Feeding Haiti project.
MN Member Spotlight
  • Raymond de Souza, KM will be giving a talk at St Agnes February 19th after Stations of the Cross.
  • Marc Jenny has been accepted into the Masters program at the St Paul Seminary
  • Fr. Joseph leaves on February 21st and is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Confreres- Ivan Posthumus and Susan Linnell are among the pilgrims.
  • Nicky Carpenter, DM recently moved and is settling into her new place in Plymouth.
  • Celia Kennedy (daughter of Steven Kennedy, KM) continues to recuperate at home and is doing well. Thank you for your prayers.
Thoughts from our Chaplain
Jubilee Year of Mercy and the Charism of 
Blessed Gerard
Fr. Joseph Johnson,ChM   
Pope Francis has made the corporal and spiritual works of mercy the central focus of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Order of Malta was founded by Blessed Gerard with the mission of living the works of mercy. As members, we are invited during this jubilee year to integrate the works of mercy into our lives in an ever more profound way.
A Reflection by Pope Francis
"We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future. How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!"   Jubilee of Mercy  for the official site
Mercy in Action in Minnesota
For February the spiritual work of mercy for your reflection and practice is:  Instructing The Ignorant . Learn about our faith and be open to talking with others about our beliefs.  There is always something more to discover about our faith.
 For February the corporal work of mercy for reflection and practice is:  Give Drink to the Thirsty . Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ do not have access to clean water and suffer from the lack of this basic necessity.  We should support the efforts of those working towards greater accessibility of this essential resource.
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 February 23rd, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Urban Refuge Church. 
  • Feed the Poor at the Dorothy Day Center on Friday, February 26th from 4:00 to 6:00pm.
Minnesota Area Grants
It is that time of year to think about the area grants, in 2015 the Minnesota area awarded $3600 in grants to Catholic Eldercare and Laboure Society.
If you have a worthy cause for nomination please submit an application to the Grants Committee by March 15, 2016.
In This Issue
An Extraordinary Jubiliee of Mercy thought...

Watch this video on "A reflection on the Year of Mercy" by Fr. Mike Schmitz
SMOM MN Area 2016 Events Calendar

Spirituality Corner
"One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals." 
          - Jean Vanier
Online First Saturday Holy Hour for Vocations and Intentions of the Order of Malta
John Dick, KM in order to unite us more closely in prayer as an area, has setup a GoToMeeting for those interested in participating.
Investiture 2015
Dorothy Guanella, DM
Patricia Hooley, DM
Thomas Hooley, KM
Jean Lown, DM
Jon Luedke, KM
Britt Noser, KM
2016 Year of Discernment for Investiture
Barbara Dries
Dr. David Dries
Dr. Robert Morgan
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
On January 28 a prayer vigil in St. Peter's Basilica kicked off the celebrations for the end of the Year of Consecrated Life. This video discusses the role of the Professed Knights in this event and in consecrated life. Click here to watch
MN Area Board
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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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