Hospitaller Region - Chicago, IL

Hospitaller Region - Chicago, IL

Recent Articles

Praying the rosary together each weeknight isn't the only way that members of the Chicago Region are "gathering" during the pandemic. First Friday mass continues in a new way--via zoom teleconference--until restrictions are lifted. Special thanks to Monsignor Michael Boland, chaplain of the Chicago Region, for bringing mass to into our homes.

Chicago Region Prays the Rosary Together Nightly

Maria Kelly, DM

With confreres in the Chicago Region unable to gather face-to-face to pray for an end to the pandemic and share special intentions, Chicago Hospitaller Rick Klein acted quickly in mid-March to set up a nightly teleconference (now zoom) to allow callers to gather virtually and pray the Rosary together. This effort has been growing in popularity each week.


Every night, Monday through Friday, at 8 p.m. Central Time, knights and dames from Chicago are joined by confreres from Milwaukee, Ohio, Washington, D.C., New York and beyond.  Malades have ...

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Rachel Espinoza holds daughter Phoebe, who was bundled up in her Malta gear for the recent Day of Recollection in Chicago. Gibran Espinoza, Phoebe's father, will be invested this September.

Day of Recollection in Chicago

Maria Kelly, DM

"Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope."  1Peter 3.

In January, 27 members and prospective members from the Chicago and Milwaukee regions considered these words as the Rev. Richard Fragomeni, rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, led retreatants in the 23rd Annual Day of Recollection in Chicago.

A blustery winter day set the backdrop for warm fellowship, stimulating talks and discussions, and time for prayer and Confession, all culminating in the celebration of Mass in the ...

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Healing Mass in Chicago

Maria Kelly, DM

This September marked the second healing Mass held by members of the Chicago Region for local malades at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica National Shrine. 

The annual Mass was concelebrated by Msgr. Michael Boland, chaplain of the Chicago Region and the Rev. Frank Falco, director of the Basilica. Father Falco reminded those in attendance to remain open to the Holy Spirit and invite him into their hearts in order for healing to take place.

Known for its shrine to St. Peregrine--patron saint of those who have cancer—Our Lady of ...

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Rick Klein
Regional Hospitaller

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Click here to view the Chicago region's 2020 calendar of events.


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 Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago. Mass at St. Louise de Marillac Chapel, 3rd Floor North at 8:00 AM. Breakfast follows.

Milwaukee Area: The Milwaukee area holds first Friday Mass at 7:00 a.m. in Old St. Mary's Church. A breakfast meeting follows at the parish center.


Please consider volunteering at the Soup Kitchen at St. Thomas of Canterbury, 4827 N. Kenmore. Contact Rick Klein.


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