Hospitaller Region - Oklahoma City, OK

Hospitaller Region - Oklahoma City, OK

Mass of Investiture

The annual formal Mass of Investiture of new members is typically held at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew in the Archdiocese of Washington DC but was not held last Fall as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Instead, on Friday, March 12, 2021, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City was the principal celebrant for a Mass of Investiture held at Christ the King parish for the Class of 2020.

Fra' Thomas Mulligan, a religious brother, President; Crag Jarchow, Vice President; and Patrick Monaghan, Hospitaller of the Federal Association of the Order of Malta; were in Oklahoma City to oversee the investiture of new members.

Five members of the Class of 2020, Benjamin Michael Barresi of Saint Eugene parish, David Truman Bernstein of Saint John the Baptist parish, Michael Power Rainbolt of Saint Eugene parish, Jason Allen Reese of Christ the King parish and Daniel Ian Smith of Christ the King parish became Knights of Magistral Grace of the Order of Malta. A Knight of Magistral Grace is member of the Third Class.

Following the Investiture Mass, 80 members, candidates and guests attended a gala dinner at the new Omni, Oklahoma City.  The Order of Malta event was the first plated dinner hosted by the hotel.

Coats for the Homeless

The Order of Malta Australian Association created Coats for the Homeless to help alleviate the suffering of homeless men and women in cities across the country. The Oklahoma City Coats for the Homeless program seeks to provide a direct and meaningful benefit to the homeless population not only in Oklahoma City, but beyond. This is not a coat collection and distribution program.  Rather, the coat is specifically designed for the needs of the homeless living on the street.

Members of the Order of Malta consulted the homeless about what they wanted and needed in a coat. Based on feedback, coats are black, three-quarter length with a hood, quilted and warm, waterproof, comfortable and portable. The color is meant to be inconspicuous, as the homeless indicated their greatest fear is being assaulted in alleys and parks. Secret internal pockets hold valuables. The coats are specifically designed for mobility, allowing for easy movement in an emergency, and can be easily layered in various seasons. Please see our explanatory video to see the coats and learn about its design: https://vimeo.com/495556517.

The specially designed coats are manufactured abroad and shipped to Oklahoma City by sea freight container. In addition to local distribution by members, partner agencies will help with distributing coats to local homeless populations. Coats are also available to there Hospitaller Regions of the Order throughout the United States. Hospitallers with interest should contact the us at smomokc@gmail.com.

The first order of coats are scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2021. Because the coats are shipped via sea freight to the United States, we are required to utilize a 20’ shipping container. The container holds 3,360 coats and we have made a full order of this amount. The budget for manufacturing, import duties, shipping and other expenses is approximately $25 per coat.

The 2020 Annual SMOM - OKC Retreat

The 2020 Annual SMOM - OKC Retreat was a resounding success featuring Bishop Stephen Lopes. Bishop Lopes led the group in a study of Beatitudes, the foundation for the eight-point Malta Cross and for our lives as Knights of the Order of St. John. Nearly two dozen hospitallers, candidates, and spouses joined Bishop Lopes, along with special guests Archbishop Paul Coakley and Bishop James Conley.

Class of 2021 Approved for Candidacy

Congratulations to the Class of 2021: Cecilia Guthrie, Carolyn Synovitz, Gabriel Kern, Ed Highberger, Jeremy Webb, Todd Regier, Brian Simmons, and Brett Farley, all of whom were approved for candidacy. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 regulations, each of the candidates are participating in online formation sessions with dozens of other candidates across the nation.

Breakfast for the Homeless

Every last Sunday of the month, Hospitallers, candidates and their families gather at Sister BJ’s Pantry in downtown Oklahoma City to prepare and serve hot breakfast and coffee to the homeless. Additionally, the Oklahoma City SMOM region sponsors the Coats for the Homeless in which donations are collected to fund a coats specially designed for the homeless to ensure warmth and maximum utility.

Order of Malta Healing Mass

On March 7th, the Oklahoma City Order held the first ever healing mass, celebrated at Christ the King parish by The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City. More than 150 joined to celebrate the mass and to be anointed for healing.

Quarterly Potluck Dinner

Every quarter, Hospitallers gather with spouses at Catholic Charities in Oklahoma City to celebrate mass, break bread, meet prospective candidates and to learn more about what the Order is doing in our region and around the world.

Peter de Keratry
Regional Hospitaller

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Daily Prayer - OKC

Daily Prayer - OKC

9/22/2021 12:00:00 PM EDT
Angelus and Daily Prayer of the Order Join Zoom Meting: https://archokc.zoom.us/j/5315192863 Meeting ID: 531 519 2863 Password: 126603

Breakfast for the Homeless - OKC

Breakfast for the Homeless - OKC

9/26/2021 5:45:00 AM EDT
Sister BJ’s Pantry Breakfast for the Homeless (819 NW 4th Street) 5:45 am to 8:00 am

First Friday Mass - OKC

First Friday Mass - OKC

10/1/2021 7:00:00 AM EDT
Mass at 7:00 am (Christ the King Catholic Church) Breakfast/Meeting 7:45 am (Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club)

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.


The Oklahoma City-based group of the Federal Association began an aggressive growth plan in 2019 nearly two dozen already accepted for Investiture or currently undergoing formation. Reverend Rick Stansberry, Pastor of Christ the King in Oklahoma City, serves as Conventual Chaplain ad honorem of the Order. The OKC group is led by long-time Hospitallers Peter de Keratry and former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating.

Introduction to the Order of Malta

In this video, Peter de Keratry, KM provides a brief presentation on the Order of Malta.  The 34-minute presentation is intended only as a simple introduction to the history, tradition, spirituality and works of the Order of Malta. For more information, please contact us at smomokc@gmail.com.

Monthly Mass

Join Fr. Rick Stansberry, Chaplain, to celebrate Mass on the first Friday of the month at 7:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church. Breakfast to follow.

Volunteer Projects

Oklahoma City Knights and Dames serve at Sister BJ’s Pantry in downtown Oklahoma City, offering breakfast to the homeless on the last Sunday of every month at 5:45 a.m. Members of the Order (and their families) who are interested in participating in this and other activities should contact the Regional Hospitaller, Peter de Keratry.

Angelus Prayer on OKCR.org

Each day at noon, members of the Order of Malta in Oklahoma City can be heard praying the Angelus on Catholic Radio.  In addition to live streaming from the Oklahoma Catholic Radio website, the Angelus plays over the air on stations in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Lawton, Elk City, Woodward and other cities and towns across the state.