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Maltese Association

Order of Malta

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St John’s Feast, Investiture and Presentation

24/06/2019 


On the occasion of the feast of St John the Baptist, the Patron Saint of our Order, Pontifical High Mass was celebrated by His Grace the Metropolitan Archbishop of Malta, Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna, assisted by other members of the clergy, at St John’s Co-Cathedral on the 24 June at 6.00 p.m.

Following the Mass, the Reliquary containing a relic of St. John the Baptist was carried in procession to the Oratory, where a prayer was said.

An investiture and decoration ceremony took place in the Oratory of St John’s Co-Cathedral, immediately after.

 

Admittance into the Order

The following new members have successfully completed their period of preparation:

Knight of Grace and Devotion

Dr. Louis Sant Cassia

 

Dame of Grace and Devotion

Mrs. Louisette dei Conti Sant Manduca

 

Dame of Grace and Devotion

Mrs. Clara Testaferrata Moroni Viani

 

Donat of Devotion

Mr. Christopher Wicker

 

Awards within the Order pro Merito Melitensi

 

Cross of the Order pro Merito Melitensi

Mr. Stewart Elliot

Mrs. Veronica Zammit Tabona

 

Silver Medal pro Merito Melitensi

Mrs. Nathalie Micallef

(who was unable to attend the award ceremony in February)

 

More photos of the Mass and Investiture are available here.

 

Presentation Ceremony

 

Mrs. Violet de Marco and her family expressed the desire that the Church Robes, collar and decorations of the Order of Malta and the Order pro Merito Melitensi of the late lamented President Emeritus Prof. Guido de Marco KM are to be included in the permanent exhibition at Casa Lanfreducci.

 After the religious celebrations at St. John’s Co-Cathedral, a short presentation ceremony was held at the Association’s headquarters, in the Grand Master Andrew Bertie Memorial Room.

Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, the Association’s President, and Dr Mario de Marco, on behalf of the de Marco family, addressed the members and guests present.

 

 

Both speakers stressed on the great friendship that had existed between the two heads of state and it is only fitting that their respective decorations are exhibited in the same room.

 

The Association is most grateful to the de Marco family for their generosity.

 

Light refreshments were served after the presentation.

 

More photos of the presentation ceremony  are available here.