Blessing of the microbus donated by the Embassy of the Order of Malta to Vilnius Hospice

30/06/2022

After the Holy Mass on June 30th, their participants gathered outside the Vilnius Cathedral, where Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese Vilnius H.E. Darius Trijonis blessed minibus, which was donated to the Vilnius Hospice of the Blessed Rev. Mykolas Sopocko by the Embassy of the Order of Malta to Lithuania.

Apostolic Nuncio to the Baltic countries H.E. Archbishop Peter Antun Rajic and Bishop Auxiliary of the Archdiocese Vilnius H.E. Darius Trijonis celebrated special private Holy Mass to the memory of the Lieutenant of Grand Master Fra’ Marco Luzzago.

The Order of Malta Ambassador to Lithuania sponsors the Vilnius Blessed Fr. Micheal Sopočko Hospice, a one-of-a-kind institution.

On February 11, 2009, the World Day of the Sick, the first Hospice (home service) in Lithuania was inaugurated, with stationary assistance beginning on February 13, 2013.

The Hospice Children’s Department opened its doors on February 15, 2020.

The Hospice helped 309 children and adults in their homes and at the hospice during last year.

Hospice presently employs 60 full-time staff members and has over 200 volunteers.

Forms of Hospice activity Stationary Hospice. At the same time, the Hospice is able to accommodate 14 people. During the year, it helps over 300 patients.

Children’s hospice. The children’s hospice department is equipped with 12 beds for the youngest patients.

Home hospice. Staff and volunteers of the hospice look after the sick in their homes. All assistance is offered at no cost.

Hospice maintain close contacts with the Order of Malta. Two members of the Polish association of the Order of Malta Mr. Krzysztof Wardawy (member of the Order’s Embassy in Vilnius) and Mr. Robert Wyraszka are closely involved in the fundraising for the Hospice.

The Ambassador is financially supporting the Hospice and sees its activities as one of the activities of the Order of Malta. The Ambassador intends to stay on the supervisory board of the hospice in 2023 and later.

One of Ambassador’s last donations was a special minivan for the Hospice. A car will be used to serve terminally ill patients at their homes.

On June 30, 2022, after a special private Holy Mass in memory of Lieutenant of Grand Master Fra’ Marco Luzzago, their participants gathered outside the Vilnius Cathedral, where Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese Vilnius H.E. Darius Trijonis blessed the minivan.

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