Hospitaller Region - Bluffton, SC
Healing Mass in Bluffton, SC
On January 25, the Order of Malta from Bluffton joined with members from Charleston and Catholic Charities and hosted a Healing Mass at the Pastoral Center in Charleston, celebrated by Bishop Gugliemone and priests of the Charleston diocese. Residents of the Carter May home in Charleston, which is run by Catholic Charities, were given transportation to and from the event by members of Catholic Charities, who hosted a reception afterwards in the parish hall. Catholic Charities wanted to bring light onto Carter May for the purpose of creating awareness of this Catholic residence which houses those who might not be able to afford senior housing. The Order of Malta was asked to lend a hand promoting this cause throughout our Order.
In September we will be welcoming 6 new members, Joe and Pauline Gareau, Ed and Cora Arellano, and Alina and Richard Porelli. They will join Diana Shertenieb, Hospitaler, and Joe and Pam Krygiel. Nine of us will then be robing for our special Malta Masses. We hope that this exposure will generate more interest in the Order so that we can grow it here in South Carolina.
The Bluffton region meets for Mass and Rosary every First Friday of the month at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, where the Pastor, Monsignor Ron Cellini, is in formation as a Chaplain of the Order.
The Bluffton region has partnered with the Pregnancy Center of the Low Country and has been volunteering in their offices and mobile van. We are hoping to raise money in order to either replace the mobile van or to open new office space nearer to I-95. This is our main project.