January 20, 2019

Happy Feast of St. Sebastian!

Prayer to St. Sebastian

Dear Commander at the Roman Emperor's court, you chose to be also a soldier of Christ and dared to spread faith in the King of Kings, for which you were condemned to die. Your body, however, proved athletically strong and the executing arrows extremely weak. So another means to kill you was chosen and you gave your life to the Lord. May athletes be always as strong in their faith as their Patron Saint so clearly has been. Amen.

In Memory of King Carlo di Borbone, on the Occasion of His Birthday

The Order remembers the birthday of our late Grand Master, HM Carlo di Borbone, King of Naples and Sicily.

January 17, 2019

Happy Feast of Sant'Antonio Abate!

Prayer to St. Anthony the Abbot

Dear God, St Anthony the Abbot accepted your call to renounce the world and to love you above all things. He faithfully served you in the solitude of the desert by fasting, prayer, humility and good works. In the Sign of the Cross, he triumphed over the Devil.

Through his intercession, may we learn to love you better; with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, all our strength and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

St Anthony the Abbot, great and powerful saint, grant us also this special request […]. Amen.

January 16, 2019

In Memory of King Francesco II di Borbone, on the Occasion of His Birthday

The Order remembers the birthday of our late Grand Master, HM Francesco II di Borbone, King of the Two Sicilies.

January 12, 2019

In Memory of King Ferdinando I di Borbone, on the Occasion of His Birthday

The Order remembers the birthday of our late Grand Master, HM Ferdinando I di Borbone, King of the Two Sicilies.

In Memory of King Ferdinando II di Borbone, on the Occasion of His Birthday

The Order remembers the birthday of our late Grand Master, HM Ferdinando II di Borbone, King of the Two Sicilies.

January 11, 2019

John M. Viola to Receive the Humanitarian Achievement Lifetime Award at the 15th Annual Federazione delle Associazioni della Campania USA Dinner Dance

HE Cav. John M. Viola
Sunday March 10th, 2019, the Federazione delle Associazioni della Campania USA will hold its 15th Annual Dinner Dance at the Leonard Vetro Palazzo located at 555 Great Neck, LI, NY, starting at 2:00pm.

This year the Federation will honor Mrs. Maria Fasanella, President of the Monte S. Giacomo Women's Auxiliary in Hoboken, NJ, as the 2019 Woman of the Year.

Also, Dr. Mary Joe Di Blasio, a Physician at Mt. Sinai in New York, will be honored with the Humanitarian Achievement Lifetime Award.

This year's Men of the Year are Mr. Michele Maddalena, President of Figli di Castello del Matese, Bronx, NY and Mr. Giovanni Toscano, Federation VP for NY State and Chairman of Madonna dell’Arco Catholic Association, Middle Village, NY.

Also, former NIAF President Cav. John M. Viola will be honored with the Humanitarian Achievement Lifetime Award.

Entertainment by the Pane e Cioccolato Band and DJ.

Donations are $110 pp, children 6- to10-years-old $60 each. For this occasion the Federation is sponsoring a Souvenir Journal, inviting all the business associates to insert a page. A full color page is $125. Once again we appeal to your generosity in asking you to buy a page in our journal.

Order your dinner table and advertise today!

The Gala President is Ms. Elena Loguercio, tel. 347-307-3987 or 718 253-9581. The Journal Chairman is Cav. Nicola Trombetta 646-404-1760 or 718-364-0581

Cav. Nicola Trombetta
2160 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10457
Primo Vice Presidente Federazione delle Associazioni della Campania USA

Contributions are deductible Charitable Organization-Tax Exempt Unconditional-National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) Human Services Multipurpose and Other: Human Organization-Multipurpose

January 5, 2019

Distributing Food to the Homeless on the Feast of St. Genevieve

Cav. Napoli with Antonio and Konstantinos
Thursday, January 3rd, members of the Constantinian Auxiliary prepared and distributed food to the homeless in Chinatown and Two Bridges, New York on the Feast of St. Genevieve. Meeting at the Church of the Transfiguration (29 Mott St.), volunteers prepared 25 care packages replete with winter accessories, toiletries and ready to eat food, including containers of freshly cooked penne marinara generously donated by our dear friends at Caffé Napoli (191 Hestor Street) in Little Italy.

Once again, we want to thank Antonio, Anna and Konstantinos Mavrianos-Cesare for their hard work and dedication. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you Louis Fontana of Caffé Napoli; Raymond Guarini of Italian Enclaves; Olya Brandon; and Cav. John Napoli for your continued assistance. Your heartfelt generosity and selflessness is greatly appreciated. And as always, special thanks to Pastor Lo for your support and blessings. It is an honor to serve with such an outstanding group of people. God Bless you all. IHSV

The next walk will be on Thursday, February 7th—the Feast of San Lorenzo Maiorano, Vescovo di Siponto—at 7:00 PM. In addition to ready to eat foodstuff and daily necessities, we’re are asking volunteers to donate hats and scarves for the cold weather. Anyone interested in supporting this charitable endeavor can contact Cav. John Napoli at jnapoli@smocsg.org or call Anna Mavrianos-Cesare at 917-592-4181.
Once again, our friends at Caffé Napoli donated a heaping tray of penne marinara.
Antonio divvied up the food
Konstantinos lends a helping hand
Konstantinos and Olya
Hats and scarves were added to this month's care packages.
Also see: 

January 1, 2019

Happy Birthday Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon–Two Sicilies, Duchess of Noto and Capri!

Photo courtesy of Real Casa di Borbone
We wish Her Royal Highness a very Happy Birthday and Happy New Year! May God continue to bless you with peace, love and happiness!

December 31, 2018

A Look at the 2018 Memorial Mass for HM King Francis II and Christmas Dinner in Newark, New Jersey

After Mass, Knights and Dames take a commemorative photo
Photos courtesy of Cav. Charles Sant'Elia
For the second year in a row, the Knights and Dames of the Order gathered at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Newark, New Jersey for the Annual Memorial Mass in honor of our late Grand Master, HM Francesco II di Borbone, the last King of the Two Sicilies. Joined by our friends from the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Mass ad orientem was celebrated by the Very Rev. Msgr. Cav. Joseph Ambrosio, Order chaplain and Pastor of the beautiful church.

Following Mass, participants were invited to the parish center to partake in a festive Christmas dinner en famille offered by the Order. Each Knight and Dame brought a homemade dish or a bottle of their favorite wine (Aglianico, Falanghina, Nero d'Avola, etc.) to the party for all to enjoy.

After the toasts and Monsignor said grace, partygoers helped themselves to the terrific spread replete with seasonal delicacies, such as Cav. Vincent Gangone’s stufati di Teggiano, Dama Rosanna Minervini’s focaccia Molfettese and Cav. Tom Crane’s hearty venison stew made with the meat of a buck bagged on a recent hunting trip with his son. 

While sampling the delicious fare, revelers mingled and enjoyed the traditional Neapolitan Christmas songs from Cav. Charles Sant’Elia’s extensive personal collection.

Once again, three cheers are in order for Cav. Gangone for generously organizing the fête. Vincent’s hard work and selflessness is an inspiration to us all. Special thanks to Msgr. Ambrosio and all the members of the congregation for your tremendous warmth and hospitality. As always, it was a great joy to celebrate our faith and culture together. Buon Natale! and Buon Anno! 
Thurifer leads the procession into church
Vice Delegate Cav. Patrick O'Boyle and Cav. Justin Morin-Carpentier, aide-de-camp to HRH Princess Beatrice, welcomed the guests and presented a message of greetings and solidarity from the Princess who wished all well for the New Year and thanked the Knights and Dames for their continued efforts.
Cav. Msgr. Ambrosio and Cav. O'Boyle lead a final parting toast.
Cav. Gangone with Michela and Lina Musolino
Joseph Vitale, Andrew Portelli, Msgr. Ambrosio and Cav. Morin-Carpentier
Dama Luisa Cristofano, Cav. Tom Crane and Cav. Walter Klein
Cav. O'Boyle and Dama Rosanna Minervini
Cavalieri Dr. Thomas Rossi and Thomas Portelli
Cav. Charles Sant'Elia and Michela
Dames Minervini and Cristofano with Justin
Cavalieri Joseph Lucia and Walter Klein
Revelers break bread in the parish center 

Monsignor's beautiful baby Jesus centerpiece
Soppressata and caciocavallo
Focaccia Molfettese
Venison stew
Stufati di Teggiano 
(Above and below) Cav. Gangone presented a rare 1973 commemorative recording from the SMOCSG Campania Delegation featuring the Two Sicilies national anthem which was recorded in the Santa Chiara monastery in Naples.

December 30, 2018

Volunteers Needed for the January 2019 Constantinian Food Walk

Don't just talk the talk, come walk the walk with your knightly brethren at the monthly Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George Auxiliary Corps food walk. On Thursday, January 3rd at 7:00PM volunteers will meet at the Church of the Transfiguration cafeteria (29 Mott Street—entrance on Mosco St.) in Chinatown, New York to prepare and distribute food to the homeless. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and street duds. Anything you can donate (ready-to-eat food, toiletries, etc.) will be greatly appreciated. 

Anyone interested in supporting this charitable endeavor can contact Cav. John Napoli at jnapoli@smocsg.com 
or call Anna Mavrianos-Cesare at 917-592-4181

Also see: 

Distributing Food to the Homeless on St. Nicholas Day
• Distributing Food to the Homeless on All Saints' Day
• Constantinian Auxiliary Hit the Streets of Lower Manhattan for Inaugural Homeless Food Walk

December 27, 2018

Remembering HM Francesco II di Borbone, Late Grand Master of the Order and Last King of the Two Sicilies

B. Napoli, January 16, 1836 — D. Arco, December 27, 1894
Prayer for HM King Francis II of the Two Sicilies 

O Triune God, who from your throne of mercy turns your gaze upon us, and who called to your following Francis II of Bourbon, electing him a King upon the earth, modeling his life to the same kingship of the crucified and risen Jesus Christ, instilling in his heart sentiments of love and patience, of humility and clemency, of peace and forgiveness, cloaking him with the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, accept our plea and help us walk in his steps and live their virtues. Glorify him, we beseech you, upon the earth, as we believe he has already been glorified in heaven, and grant us through his prayer, that we may receive the graces which we need. Amen. Pater, Ave and Gloria 

December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Detail of the Neapolitan presepio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in NYC

Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints. 
I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me. 

O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear, so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon. 

Grant me the gift of piety, so that I may serve You for the future with increased fervor, follow with more promptness Your holy inspirations, and observe your divine precepts with greater fidelity. 

Grant me the gift of knowledge, so that I may know the things of God and, enlightened by Your holy teaching, may walk, without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation. 

Grant me the gift of fortitude, so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil, and all the dangers of this world which threaten the salvation of my soul. 

Grant me the gift of counsel, so that I may choose what is more conducive to my spiritual advancement and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter. 

Grant me the gift of understanding, so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries and by contemplation of heavenly things detach my thoughts and affections from the vain things of this miserable world. 

Grant me the gift of wisdom, so that I may rightly direct all my actions, referring them to God as my last end; so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life, I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in the next. Amen.