The month of January marked the resumption of activities for the Order in Alessandria. Following appointment of the new Representative, Knight Roberto Piccinini, a full schedule of activities was planned.
The points of reference for the activities of the Order, as indicated by the Delegate Count Carlo Gustavo Figarolo di Groppello and Vice Delegate Dott. Mario Baschirotto, are two: evidence of faith and charity, represented by service to the needy, the foundation of the project established by the Grand Master of the Order, H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro: “The Hunger of our Neighbor”.
On January 8, on the day of the Baptism of our Lord, the Knights and Dames renewed their baptismal vows and received from the Representative a copy of the Knight’s Prayer (recited at the conclusion of the ceremony) and the Vademecum prepared by the Grand Prior of the Order: “For a Spiritual Path of the Constantinian Knights and Dames”.
On January 28 the Knights and Dames convened once again in honor of the Blessed Maria Cristina of Savoy, Queen of the Two Sicilies. In this case also all received, together with an image of the Blessed Cristina and related prayer, narrative of the person of the Blessed Queen.
On January 31, the Vice Delegate and Representative, together with several Knights of the Delegation donated to the “Piccolo Cottolengo di Don Orione” of Tortona a significant number of articles of clothing to be donated to the young guests ( suffering from serious handicaps) of the facility.
A visit to the adjacent Sanctuary of the Madonna della Guardia, repository of the body of San Luigi Orione, “Apostle of charity and father of the poor”, as defined by San Giovanni Paolo II, concluded the day and the month’s activities.