Rome, 1 September 2017 – With the approach of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, His Eminence the Most Reverend Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, Grand Prior, drafted a message directed to all the Knights and Dames encouraging them to live this festivity fully as this particular commemoration, together with the festivity of St. George, is a statutory festivity of our Order.
Here is the complete message sent by the Grand Prior.
Pisa, 8 August 2017. The Knights and Dames of the Tuscany Delegation delivered essential supplies to Don Augusto Tollon, priest of the Parish of Carmine dei Padri Carmelitani in Pisa. The items will be distributed among the needy families of the area. This donation is part of the Project “The Hunger of our Neighbors”, a program established by and strongly supported by H.R.H. the Grand Master.
Brianza, 3 August 2017 – This morning a group of Knights from the Lombardy Delegation met with the Mayor of Alzate Brianza, Massimo Gherbesi, to deliver coats and sweaters for the Municipal Clothing Dispensary.
Present for the donation were Counselor Daniela Maroni, the Mayor of Alzate Massimo Gherbesi, Knight Luigi Rogliano, representing Lecco, Selectpersons Regina Mauri and Sergio Molteni, the Mayor of Monguzzo, Marco Sangiorgio, the representative for the San Vincenzo De Paoli Association Valentina Zanussa and volunteer Patrizia Agliati. This donation is intended to support the Municipal Clothing Dispensary that, together with the towns of Anzano del Parco, Monguzzo, Orsenigo and Alserio, has created a circuit of assistance and support to needy families who will be able to request clothing. The items will be delivered anonymously by volunteers.
“This is an undertaking that I have initiated because it is only with tangible gestures that we can provide some relief to people in difficulties – explains Counsellor Daniela Maroni – The meeting with the delegation of the Constantinian Order of Saint George was important because it is thanks to their assistance that I was able to distribute thousands of items of clothing. We will shortly also be going to Bassone to bring dozens of items for the female section of the Institute.
In September we will also be able to donate toys and school supplies. I believe that one gesture is worth more than a thousand words”.
The activities carried out by the town of Alzate Brianza are worthy of note as, in addition to supporting these direct donations, it also collaborates with the Gemma Project of Costamasnaga which focuses on the needs of small children and with the initiative of young people who use their vacation time to travel to poor villages in other continents to offer their assistance. They are provided with gift packages containing clothing to be distributed to hospitals or shelters.
Regional Counsellor Daniela Maroni issued a press release (No. 27/17) to publicize an additional donation of 1600 items of clothing for the solidarity center of Como, provided by the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, thanks to the support of Vice Delegate Mr Giuseppe Rizzani and the Knights and Dames of the Delegation.
The activities of the Sicilian Delegation to support the needy continued during the month of July.
As has been occurring for several months the Delegation continues to provide a donation of fish to the soup kitchen of St. Mamiliano in Palermo. On July 17 Vice Delegate Nob. Antonio di Janni. Knight Grand Cross of Grace, provided the soup kitchen with 20 kg of fish. The food will be cooked and provided to the patrons of the soup kitchen, to be consumed in their
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In response to a request by His Most Reverend Eminence Cardinal Montenegro, Archbishop of Agrigento, as of last month the Delegation has been supporting the Solidarity Soup Kitchen of the Missionaria Porte Aperta community in Agrigento by providing great quantities of food.
As part of the project “Crumbs of Health” two distributions took place during the month of July in the city of Monreale, in the premises located next to the church of Maria SS degli Agonizzanti. On Wednesday, July 19, the distribution consisted of 130 liters of milk, 60 packages of diapers, 150 jars of baby food, 20 containers of milk for infants, 50 packages of cookies and biscuits and 60 kg of pasta for the families of children ages 0 to 3 years.
On July 20 the Vice Delegate, accompanied by Knight Antonino Amato, donated a swimming pool 5 meter long 3 meters wide and 1.5 meters deep to the Madonna della Tenda di Cristo in Acireale. This facility is managed by the consecrated sisters of the Madonna della Tenda di Cristo who shelter single mothers and their children.
The donation was in response to a request made over the past several months, in order to allow the children to play in the water. The pool was assembled by the Vice Delegate and by Knight Amato, with the assistance of volunteers.
The pool was inaugurated and blessed on July 22 by Don Carmelo Raspa, the priest assigned to the structure.
Turin, 22 July 2017 – A group of Knights, Dames and newly appointed members of the Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta Delegation, led by Mr. Mauro Maggione, responded to a request for assistance from the former orphanage of Turin, the Pro Infantia Derelicta, by providing the facility with a copious donation of food and home and personal hygiene items.
This new donation comes under the project “The Hunger of our Neighbor”, so strongly supported by H.R.H. prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and Grand Master.