Hospitaller Region - Chicago, IL

Hospitaller Region - Chicago, IL

Recent Articles

Chicago Region Class of 2020 Investiture Celebrated Locally in 2021

Maria Kelly, DM

The Chicago Region welcomed four new knights from its Class of 2020 in an Investiture Mass attended by approximately 100 people on May 22 at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago.

While a great departure from the Investiture Weekend in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Region's Class of 2020 set themselves apart in terms of their resilience, dedication and gratitude, regardless of where Investiture took place.  Friends and family filled the pews at Our Lady of Pompeii to support their loved ones as they made their ...

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Doug O’Brien, KM, and son Patrick were part of a large group from the Chicago Region who rolled up their sleeves and cleared brush and weeds at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels this fall.

Chicago Region Reunites for Service After Pandemic Hiatus

Maria Kelly, DM

Knights, dames, and members of the auxiliary in the Chicago Region recently had the honor of helping the sisters at Our Lady of the Angels (OLA) clear debris from the OLA campus and gardens, an effort that brought immediate results and raised spirits. In August, confreres assisted the sisters in distributing school supplies to neighborhood families.  

Doug O'Brien, KM, shared his thoughts about serving the sisters: “The work clearing the overgrowth of weeds and debris from around OLA was tough and left my back pretty sore. But as we ...

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Rick Klein
Regional Hospitaller

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

2021 Investiture Weekend

2021 Investiture Weekend

10/15/2021 2:00:00 PM EDT
Please save the date for the 2021 Annual Investiture Weekend of the Federal Association. Events will be held on Friday, October 15th and Saturday, October 16th in Washington, DC. The Investiture Mass will be celebrated at St. Matthew's Cathedral on Saturday, October 16th at 9:45 AM. The Annual Gala will take place at the Library of Congress, with the Cocktail Reception beginning at 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 16th. Further information regarding events and registration options will be forthcoming in 2021. If you have any questions regarding the 2021 Investiture Weekend, please contact Morgan Baker in the executive office by email at mbaker@orderofmalta-federal.org or by phone at (202) 331-2494.


In the Chicago, Milwaukee and Central Illinois areas, The Order has increased its presence with a growing membership and its participation between the various locations all assimilating into one common theme of hands on service. Rick Klein is the Regional Hospitaller for the area, succeeding Sam Cicarrelli, Fra' Thomas Mulligan, Ted Makarewicz and Dr. Art Malinowski. Mr. Makarewicz was elected to the Association’s Board of Directors in 2000, and Eugene Croisant was elected to the Board in 2007. Frank Gembala of the Chicago Region served on the Federal Association's Board of Directors from 2010-2016. Fra' Tom Mulligan currently serves as the president of the Board of Directors of the Federal Association.


Celebrated on the First Friday of the month at 8:00 AM at Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is located at 1224 W. Lexington St., Chicago, IL  60607. Street parking is available. Breakfast follows.

Assisting the Sisters at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels

Members of the Chicago Region volunteer every third Saturday of the month at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.  During the pandemic, the number of people served by the Sisters has increased fivefold.  Recent projects in which we have participated have included: Organizing non-perishable foods in the food pantry, restocking outdoor food tables and pallets for those in the neighborhood, taping and preparing the second floor for painting, weeding flower beds and property around the church and convent, and assisting in any way needed.

If you would like to serve with us on the third Saturday of the month, please contact Rick Klein for further information. The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels is located in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood at 3808 W. Iowa St., Chicago. Street parking is available.



Every third Tuesday of the month, members and friends of the Chicago region support the food pantry and soup kitchen at St. Thomas of Canterbury by making sack meals for take away, serving meals to guests and cleaning up afterwards.  Having received a grant from the Federal Association in 2020, members of the Chicago Region were able to make these funds go extra far, demolishing a storage area and constructing a grocery store style shopping area for homeless guests. This innovative shopping area is scheduled to open in summer 2021.

In May 2021, the food pantry was renamed the Monsignor Michael M. Boland Food Pantry, in recognition of Monsignor Boland's tireless advocacy and commitment to improving the lives of the homeless while helping them maintain their dignity while working towards greater independence.

Please consider serving with us on the third Tuesday of the month.  St. Thomas of Canterbury is located at 4827 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago.  Parking is available in the lot across the street. Contact Rick Klein, if interested.


Members of the Order (and their families) who are interested in participating in one of these activities should contact the Regional Hospitaller.