Maltese Association

Order of Malta


Admissions, Promotions and Awards Ceremony

February 2 2024 


The event was held at St John’s co-Cathedral, in Valletta at 18:30hrs, starting with a procession from the sacristy to the main altar,  where the Chancellor, Dr Michael Grech, read the brevet issued by the Grand Master. After the blessing of the insignia, the presentation of the awards and promotions took place.



Holy Mass was celebrated by the Order’s Principal Chaplain, the Very Rev. Mgr Brendan Gatt, assisted by Mgr Paul Vella, Pro-Rector at St John’s Co-Cathedral, Mgr Victor Zammit McKeon  and Rev. Dr Stefan Attard.

At the end of the sermon, the Veni Creator Spiritus was sung, and this was was followed by the investitures. 

The President, Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, assisted by the Chancellor, presided over the investiture ceremony. The mass resumed as usual after the investitures.

Fra’ Francis J. Vassallo and Fra’ Jean-Louis Mainguy were also present.

The cathedral was packed with family members and guests of the investees and awardees, who thoroughly enjoyed the traditional ceremony, of the Order’s Investitures.

The Lieutenant of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Roberto Buontempo, and H.E. Dr Michael Frendo, Chairman of The Malta Council of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem, were invited and attended the ceremony.


Admission into the Order



Knight of Honour and Devotion

The Noble Baroncino Clement de Piro d’Amico Inguanez

Magistral Chaplain

The Very Reverend Monsignor Claude Portelli

Canon Geoffrey George Attard



Donat of Devotion

Mr. Andre’ Cauchi

Donata of Devotion

Miss Rachel Barthet

Mrs. Frederika (Erika) Gatt

Ms. Sarah Miller


Awards and medals in the Order pro Merito Melitensi:


Grand Cross of the Order pro Merito Melitensi

The Most Noble Dowager Marchioness Vivien Cassar de Sain



Cross of Officer of the Order pro Merito Melitensi



Dr. Bernard Coleiro

Mr. Daniel Cilia


Cross of the Order pro Merito Melitensi



Mrs. Anna Balzan

Mr. Christopher Cassar Torreggiani KM

Dame Marian Galea DM

Mr. Frank Salt KM

The Noble Baroncino Michael Trapani Galea Feriol KM


Silver Medal of the Order pro Merito Melitensi

Mrs. Marisa Farrugia

Mr. Stefan Farrugia

Mr. Brian Magro

Miss Julia Micallef



Medaglia di Benemerenza per i Pellegrinaggi a Lourdes

Mrs. Geraldine Critien

Mrs. Corinne Dingli

Mrs. Marisa Ellul Sullivan

Mrs. Alexia Hathout

Mr. Stephen Mercieca



A reception was later held at Casa Lanfreducci, the Association’s headquarters in Valletta.


The video of the ceremony, kindly prepared by Dr. Brian Cassar, Prof. D. (UK), BSc. Medical Illustration (UK), Dip. Physio,  is available at our Youtube channel here:


The photos of the event are available at our Flickr site here:







'Casa Lanfreducci’ - 2, Pjazza Jean de Valette, Valletta VLT 1104, Malta