Order of St John of Jerusalem of
Rhodes and of Malta
Last thursday we had the great opportunity to visit the SAMR branch in Timisoara. The beautiful organization led by Vasile Fekete Nagy comprising almost 100 team between employees and volunteers. The hospice give assistance to over 20 old people resident in the center and additional 90 benefiting from home assistant. This is done with very limited financial resources thanks to the great passion and commitment of the whole team. The center is also in restructuring thanks to the funds received by our Global Fund. Following the visit and the useful discussions with the team we also had the honor to pay a short visit to HE Joszef Csaba the Bishop of Timisoara and we shared views and plans for next year when Timisoara will be the European Capital of culture. We thank His Excellency for his availability and advices. During the all day we were accompanied by an old friend, father Valeriano Giacomelli Who leads the Don Orione 700 students school in Oradea. A big thank you to Don Valeriano as well.
On Friday 14th, our Ambassador at large for the Roma community H.E. Franz Salm Reifferscheidt, together with Mrs. Reka Eross organized in Vienna, an amazing concert in the Mozart Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus, where a skilled Roma Orchestra wonderfully played, jumping from Schostakovich to Astor Piazzolla and traditional Gypsy music. The concert was intertwined with a film on Roma conditions and Order of Malta projects of social inclusion in Central Eastern Europe as well as Interviews to the musicians and of course to our Serviciu de Ajutor Maltez head of programs Anca Simu. The concert was also attended by the President of Austria, HE Alexander Van der Bellen and several dignitaries and members of the Order across Europe. Our Ambassador Roberto Musneci and his wife Marialaura attended the event with their family and took the opportunity to discuss the status of several projects currently ongoing in Romania. Our projects in Valea Crisului, led by our Minister Counsellor and President of AROM Tibor Kalnoky, were featured in the film and highlighted as a benchmark in social inclusion. We would like to thank Ambassador Salm and his lovely wife Barbara for their hospitality in Vienna and overall leadership in this complex endeavour.
On 19th September at the Diplomatic Club we organized the reception to celebrate 90 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and the Sovereign Order of Malta. The Embassy was represented not only by Ambassador Musneci and his wife Marialaura but also by Minister Counsellor Kalnoky and Counsellor Von Holzhausen. The Embassy team was supported by several volunteers of our Relief Corp and its leadership. Almost 160 participants from the Diplomatic Corp, Romanian authorities, representatives of various confessions and business community, two deputy ministers, health and Interior, several advisors of the Prime Minister, including National security, the President of the Antitrust, the deputy Major of Bucharest, the head of the Royal House administration, a large number of Parliamentarians, heads of local authorities and several board members of the most prominent business associations joined us.
Yesterday, the yearly visit to the “Sanctuary of the Divine Love” (Santuario della Madonna del Divin Amore). A good occasion, this year, to pray among others for our Order in this times of change and our Association.
On 8th July, we participated to the prayers breakfast organized in the parliament on the occasion of the Parliamentary Intelligence & Security Forum.
On 14th of July our Ambassador participated, together with the diplomatic corps, to the celebration of the French National Day.
Today, the Apostolic Nuncio, HE Miguel Maury Buendia, celebrated the chapel of the Nunciature, a Holy Mass to celebrate the National day of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Yesterday, Archbishop Aurel Perca celebrated a Holy Mass in remembrance of the late Lieutenant Grand Master, Fra’ Marco Luzzago, in St. Joseph Cathedral.
Diplomatic relations between Romania and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta are at the highest level in recent years.