Sunday, November 23, 2008

New Prince and Grand Master: Knights of Malta...



This is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet in your life. Meet His Most Eminent Highness Fra' Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Most Humble Guardian of the Poor of Jesus Christ.

You never know who you might meet in Rome. Yesterday night at S. Cecilia in Trastevere the new (and excellent) mayor of Rome walked by and we got to shake his hand and exchange a word outside the church before Holy Mass. And then today to mee the new Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta just made for another fabulous day in Holy Rome.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_Military_Order_of_Malta

3 comments:

Joe Frances said...

Where did the use of the term "Fra" come from when speaking about the Knights of Malta?

Anonymous said...

Fra means Frater for brother maybe.

Joe Frances said...

I was aware of the possible link between "Fra" and Frater, but am still curious as to the shortened form, and whether that is specific to the Knights. Is "Fra" kind of like "Bro" as in, "what's happenen bro"?