His Grace Archbishop Collins admitted to the Order of Malta
On Thursday June 10, 2010 Archbishop Collins celebrated mass for the Knights and Dames of the Canadian Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in the chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Centre at St. Michael’s College in Toronto. In a ceremony following the mass, His Excellency Peter Quail, President of the Canadian Association welcomed His Grace as a Conventual Chaplain ad honorem of the Order. In keeping with the ancient tradition and rule of the Church, The Holy See recognizes that clerics may not be made papal knights.
Conventual Chaplains ad honorem conduct sacred functions on the occasion of major religious solemnities and those which are of special importance for the Order; organize advanced courses in religious education, as well as devotional meetings and exercises; and provide spiritual assistance to the members of the Order, especially in cases of illness, and to the apostolate of the Order’s works of charity. Archbishop Collins was recognized for his continuous support of the works of the Order and his contributions to the spiritual development of its members. The Order of Malta is the fourth oldest religious order of the Catholic Church, and the oldest order of chivalry in the world, founded in 1099 A.D. The charism of the Order is personal sanctification of members, defense of the faith, and service to the sick and poor.