Following the heartfelt words said by the Holy Father Pope Francis and Cardinal Krajewsky from the Shrine of Fatima, an important celebration was held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe in Motta di Madesino (Sondrio).

A delegation of the Grand Priory of Italy OMOSLJ joined the Procession that reached the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe, where a Ceremony of prayer for peace and the entrusting of peoples to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin took place.

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The continued spread of the Omicron variant of COVID means that it has been necessary to cancel the International Pilgrimage scheduled to take place later this Spring at Velehrad.  I realise that many members will be deeply disappointed at this news.   As soon as there is further news about the rescheduling of this important event, I shall let members know.

Chev. Norman Hunter Rose KMLJ
Chairman
January 2022

Also this year the members of the Grand Priory of Italy were called upon to give their contribution to guarantee the vigilance and security of the procession of the Three Kings. The ancient and traditional ceremony, with the arrival of Gaspar, Balthazar and Melchior preceded by about forty figures, took place on the day of the Epiphany, in the Basilica of S. Eustorgio in Milan (where the Chapel of the Magi is located), in the presence of Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio.

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Governor David Ige, recognized January is a significant month for Kalaupapa. This Senate Bill is also in honor of the community and its contributions to Hawaii's history.

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