The Northern Virginia Region Annual Anointing Mass was held on March 22 at Saint Ambrose Church in Annandale, VA. Over 30 Knights, Dames, and Candidates, assisted by spouses and auxiliary members, served over 250 malades and companions. The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington and Conventual Chaplain ad honorem was principal celebrant and homilist. Concelebrants were Fr. Andrew Fisher, Fr. Alexander Drummond and Fr. Charles Smith. Mass was followed with luncheon provided by the Knights and Dames. Each malade was offered a miraculous medal and a bottle of ...read more
Hospitaller Region - Northern Virginia
Cherrydale Healthcare Center – The Cherrydale Healthcare Center is a 260-bed nursing and rehabilitation center in Northern Arlington. Volunteers work at the Center on the first and third Saturday mornings of each month in the activities room visiting the residents and serving them coffee and non-sugar refreshments. Contact: Carmen and George Egge
Mother Theresa’s House – Members of the Order are assisting other volunteers on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Volunteers arrive between 9 and 9:30 AM and help with food preparation and service. The main meal on Wednesday is provided by Sergio and Pilar Micheli’s Portofino Restaurant. Volunteers then assist with clean up. Contact: Bill Wallace and Bertha Braddock
Haiti Project – The Daughters of Charity run a Family Center in Cite Soleil, on the outskirts of Port Au Prince, Haiti. Members of the Order organize an annual benefit dinner in the spring to help the sisters feed the children during the summer when school is not in session. In addition, volunteers help sell items made by the children’s mothers to help the sisters provide job training and a means of bettering their lives. Contact: Sergio and Pilar Micheli
L’Arche Program – Members of the Order prepare, deliver and serve Sunday supper at the L’Arche Home, a faith-based community for adults with developmental disabilities in Arlington on the third Sunday of the Month. The members stay for dinner and interact with the residents and staff. Contact: David Carradini
twice-monthly “coffee shops”
Primary initiatives of the Northern Virginia group have been the twice-monthly “coffee shops” held for the residents of the Cherrydale Healthcare Center (nursing home) in Arlington, the monthly “Defense of the Faith” discussion series which have taken place since 1998, and twice weekly service at the soup kitchen in Anacostia (DC) run by the Missionaries of Charity. Since 1997, members have held an annual fundraiser to feed the poor children at the Family Center run by the Daughters of Charity in Cite Soleil, Haiti.
DEFENSE OF THE FAITH SERIES
The third Wednesday evening of each month members meet for guest speakers and discussions focusing in different areas of the faith. Talks and discussions are followed by a social.
The Federal Association has been active in Northern Virginia since the mid-1980’s. A small group has grown into a very active group of over 100 Knights and Dames. The current Hospitaller is Dr. Terry White who succeeds Bertha Braddock, James Costantino, George and Carmen Egge, Sergio and Pilar Micheli, John Cady, and Barbara Murphy in that position. Bishop Paul Loverde (Arlington, VA) was invested as a chaplain of the Order in 1999, and he is assisted by Fr. Richard Mullins, a Magistral Chaplain. Barbara Murphy was elected to the Association’s Board of Directors in 2002, and Rowena Morris was elected to the Board in 2007.
First Friday Mass — every month — Marymount University — 7:30 AM
Mass at St. Agnes — First and third Saturday each month members gather for
9 AM Mass, then proceed to Cherrydale for volunteer work. (George and Carmen Egge)