September and October were full of appointments for the Grand Master of the Order, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien. On September 3, His Eminence was in Madaba, Jordan, for the awarding of diplomas to new University graduates. From September 5 to 18, the Grand Master travelled to the Pacific region where he presided over Investiture ceremonies in Guam, Taiwan and the Philippines (see details). September 21, Cardinal O’Brien was again in the Holy Land in order to welcome the new Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Msgr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, on the occasion of his solemn entry into Jerusalem.
The next port of call, on September 24, was France where His Eminence celebrated the investiture ceremony of about thirty new Knights and Dames in Paris. The month of October began with a visit overseas for the installation of the new USA Western Lieutenancy Grand Prior on October 1, followed by an Investiture in Tucson, Arizona, the next day. On October 4, Cardinal O’Brien received the Adelia Prize, awarded by the Saint Pius Foundation in Tuckhaoe, New York.
On October 8, the Grand Master was in Barcelona for Mass for the Investiture of the Lieutenancy for Eastern Spain. Another important moment this Month of the Rosary was the Jubilee pilgrimage of the Italian Lieutenancies – strongly desired by Cardinal O’Brien – to Pompeii, the spiritual home of Blessed Bartolo Longo, to date the only lay member of the Order who has been beatified.
After presiding over the ceremony of investiture of the new Hungarian members in Budapest on October 22, the month ended with the usual fall meeting of the Grand Magisterium at the headquarters of the Palazzo della Rovere in Rome. This year the meeting was held on October 25 and 26 allowing members to celebrate together, on the very feast day October 25, the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine.
Upcoming appointments for the Grand Master include a trip to the US in November, where he will be the main speaker at the Eucharistic Congress in North Dakota with a lecture titled “And Mercy became flesh and continues to become flesh today.” In addition to this important event, Cardinal O’Brien will visit Northeastern USA and Eastern USA Lieutenancies celebrating investiture ceremonies in Boston and New York.
(November 4, 2016)