Hospitaller Region - Atlanta, GA
Ornament Sales Benefitting Holy Family Hospital
Each year, Atlanta Region Knights, Dames, Auxiliaries, and Volunteers sell Christmas ornaments at Holy Spirit Catholic Church during Advent. Proceeds from the sales are donated to the Holy Family Hospital Foundation, which support's the Order's Hospital in Bethlehem. The ornaments are miniature replicas of stained glass windows found at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The co-chairs of this project, Jackie Bohling, Kim Schulman, and Catie Johnson, selected a window featuring St. Joseph for the 2021 ornament in honor of the year of St. Joseph. Over $7,100 was raised for the Foundation!
Walking With Moms in Need
The Atlanta Region has added Walking With Moms in Need (initiated by the USCCB) as another project to support locally. As the Atlanta Region is deeply involved with the Pregnancy Aid Clinic, it is a natural for the group to extend and expand to support women past the ‘sidewalk saves.’ Some activities of this relationship-based program include providing a baby shower, budgeting/financial guidance, connecting to the Catholic-based Pregnancy Aid Clinic with parenting classes, and inviting them to a parish young moms’ group.
On Dec. 4, 2021, Holy Spirit Catholic Church hosted a baby shower for 22-year old Aliya with help from the Order of Malta. She met our volunteers when her pregnancy felt like a crisis. Soon, the stability she already had in her life combined with the faith and support of this group to walk with her has given her the peace to parent this baby girl.
Aliya says, “I just want to say thank you so much for the amazing baby shower and the gifts I received. They are truly a blessing and it’s going to help me so much when the baby comes. Your love and support is greatly appreciated! Thank you again, and I look forward to introducing everyone to the little one when she arrives!”
More than 125 gifts were given at an event planned by 10 people, supported by 100 and attended by 17. Cathi Athaide, Dame of the Order of Malta, is the WWMIN parish coordinator. “This ministry brings many gifts from our members to women who are desperate or uncertain in their parenting,” says Cathi. “The baby shower is just the beginning of helping these women see God’s plan for them when they have faith to follow Him.”
2022 "Life is Beautiful" Gala
On Thursday, April 21, 2022, the Atlanta Region, Federal Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta will host another “Life is Beautiful” event. After a decade of successful galas, benefiting the Pregnancy Aid Clinic in Atlanta, they have decided to host a Black Tie Optional Casino Night at the Cherokee Town and Country Club. This will enable them to double their capacity, so the entire Federal Association is welcome to attend! As in the past, all proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Pregnancy Aid Clinic which has saved thousands of babies over the years. Pictured are the co-chairs of this event, 2021 invested Dames, Margaret Grigorian (left) and Melanie Colley.
The Pregnancy Aid Clinic has two locations serving the metro Atlanta area with a third location opening soon. They provide pre and post-natal care, as well as parenting classes.
The Atlanta Region hopes that many of their friends from other regions will join them for this fun filled evening! For more information regarding this event you may contact the Atlanta Region Hospitaller, Jackie Bohling at firstname.lastname@example.org. The link to register will be available in mid to late January.
Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist Mass & Dinner
On June 24th, the Atlanta Region gathered at Holy Spirit Church on the Feast of St. John the Baptist, for our monthly Mass and dinner meeting. Chaplain Monsignor Edward Dillon, in his homily, challenged the members present to go forth boldly, as St. John did, to make straight the path for the Lord.
Before dinner, Lynn Mullaney, DM, Atlanta Regional Hospitaller, presented the proceeds from our annual Life is Beautiful Gala to the Pregnancy Aid Clinic in the form of a check for $120,000!
The Atlanta-based group of the Federal Association began to take form in 1995 and today there are 56 Knights and Dames of the Order living in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The Magistral Chaplain is the Reverend Monsignor Edward J. Dillon.
Monthly Rosary and Mass
Join Msgr. Edward Dillon, Chaplain, the first Friday of every month for the Rosary at 8:00 a.m., followed by Mass at 8:30 a.m., at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Mary’s Chapel. Coffee, snacks, and fellowship to follow.
Members of the Order (and their families) who are interested in participating in our activities should contact the Regional Hospitaller.