This year, Christmas in October, which leads the field in rehabbing homes in Kansas City, celebrates its 30th year of charitable works. The idea for Christmas in October began with two local members of the Order of Malta, Dick Miller and John McMeel. Back in 1993, both men traveled to Washington, D.C., where the popular Cardinal James Hickey invested them into the Order. The Cardinal’s words, that they were becoming knights not for what they had done, but for what they were going to do, resonated with both ...read more
Hospitaller Region - Kansas City, MO
Normally, when Jim Willcox, KM, or Ted Middendorf, KM, drop by their local grocery stores, it is to pick up a carton of milk or a dozen eggs. But on a recent trip, they shopped not for themselves and their families, but rather for the residents of the Shalom House in urban Kansas City, Kansas.
The Shalom House, founded in 1988 by Mary Kay Myer as a Catholic Social Worker House, now serves as a volunteering opportunity for Kansas City members of the Order of Malta. On a recent Wednesday ...read more
John Massman, John McMeel, Robert Liepold, and Richard Miller are all former members of the Federal Association Board of Directors. Currently Tom Weiford is serving a term on the Board. Chaplains include the Most Rev. Raymond J. Boland (Bishop Emeritus of Kansas City-St. Joseph) and Most Rev. James P. Keleher (Archbishop Emeritus of Kansas City in Kansas).
The Kansas City group was instrumental in the establishment of the Duchesne Clinic in Kansas City, Kansas. This Clinic serves thousands of patients each year and has been supported by the Federal Association’s Clinic Program. Christmas in October, which annually rehabs over 400 houses with 3,000 volunteers, was initiated in Kansas City by John McMeel and Richard Miller
Douglas & Joanna Rivard
Celebrated on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:15 a.m. at the Visitation Chapel.