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Catania, 11 February 2023

The Circolo Canottieri JONICA in Catania hosted the ceremony for the handing out of diplomas for the Delegation for Sicily that had been conferred in Geneva during the 2022 General Chapter and to celebrate the birthday of the Grand Master and His Consort

The results of the fundraiser for CBM ITALIA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the treatment of retinopathy in unborn children, and the special PRO TERRA SANCTA fundraiser held over the Christmas holidays have been released.

The ceremony halls of the prestigious Catanese association founded in 1926, which has been visited several times by HRH Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Piedmont and of Venice, welcomed the members of the new Delegation Council, the Dames and Knights of Sicily together with the Delegate, the Deputies for Catania, Messina e Siracusa. The welcome speech by the Vice President of the Club, Gr. Uff. Francesco Calabrese Di Martino, and by the Delegate, was followed by the handing out of the diplomas of the Order of Merit of Savoy and the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, which had been conferred in Geneva in 2022 during the Chapter General.

The Delegation’s ecclesiastical master of ceremonies, Comm. Rev. Don Andrea Di Paola, concluded the protocol part of the ceremony with the blessing of the Catania Vicariate’s banner and the recitation of the Knight’s Prayer.

H.E. the Grand Chancellor joined the event via telephone and greeted and thanked the participants.

During the ceremony, the results of the Christmas fundraising campaign in favour of CBM ITALIA for the treatment of retinopathy in unborn children and in favour of PRO TERRA SANCTA were announced.

A luncheon was later held in a friendly atmosphere, during which the bonds of fraternity among the members were renewed and devout wishes were expressed to the Grand Master and His Consort for their birthday.


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