In 2001, eighteen candidates recommended by the American Delegate were admitted by the Grand Master as members of the Savoy Orders, thus increasing the total membership in the American Delegation to 117.
In the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, seven new Cavalieri, one new Ufficiale, one promotion to Gran Croce (M.P.), and three new Dame, were proposed by the Delegate and admitted by the Order. At the Capitolo Generale in Geneva in October three additional promotions were announced by the Chancellery.
In the Order of Merit of Savoy there were two new Cavalieri, two new Ufficiale, and three new Dame proposed and admitted to the Order.
The honorees for the year 2001 were the following:
Order of Merit of Savoy
Dama Maria Fosco
Dama Jane Muir
Dama Larissa Van Duser
Cav. Paul Pope
Cav. Timothy Ryan
Cav. Vincent P. Torti
Uff. Avv. John Fiorilla
Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus
Dama Evelyn Bisordi
Dama Avv. Joanne Dunlap
Dama Dorothy Giordano
Cav. Bret Clesi
Cav. Frank De Cuzzi
Cav. Avv. William Dowling
Cav. Charles Flynn
Cav. Marco Grassi
Cav. Nicholas Matossian
Cav. Avv. Pasquale Menna
Cav. Deacon Thomas Rich
Uff. Rev. Jeffrey King
Uff. Stephen Acunto
Uff. Frank Giordano
Uff. Agostino Mattoli
Uff. Very Rev. John P. McGuire, O.P.
Uff. Michael Petrone
Uff. John McC. Shannon
Uff. Richard Torrenzano
To Dama di Commenda:
Dama di Commenda Susan Petrone
To Cavaliere di Gran Croce
Cav. Gr. Cr. James C. Risk
In addition, during the year 2001, by special initiative of
H.R.H. Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, Grand Master of the Dynastic Orders of the House of Savoy,
His Eminence John Cardinal Egan, Cardinal Archbishop of New York, was admitted as Cavaliere di Gran Croce (Motu Proprio)to the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus,
His Honor Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York City was awarded the grade of Cavaliere di Gran Croce (Motu Proprio) of the Order of Merit of Savoy.
MASS AND PRESENTATION OF INSIGNIA AND DIPLOMAS TO KNIGHTS AND DAMES OF THE SAVOY ORDERS
Church of Our Saviour
Park Avenue and 38th Street
New York City
December 1, 2001
On December 1, 2001, on the afternoon preceding the Ballo di Savoia 2001, under the auspices of the American Delegation of Savoy Orders, at The Church of Our Saviour, in New York City, a Mass for the Knights and Dames of the Savoy Orders was celebrated by H.E. Gr. Cr. Archbishop Renato R. Martino, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, and concelebrated by Uff. The Very Reverend John McGuire, O.P. and Cav. Deacon Thomas Rich. During the service new members of the Savoy Orders who were unable to travel to Geneva in October to receive their honors personally from the Grand Master, were robed and presented with their diplomas and insignia of the Orders by the American Delegate, Gr. Uff. Avv. Carl J. Morelli, and the American Delegate Emeritus, Cav. Gr. Cr. James C. Risk, assisted by Gr. Uff. Dott. Robert dei Baroni LaRocca, Cav. David Skoblow and Dama Berenice Reed. The Knights and Dames processed into the church as they had done at the Memorial Mass for H.M. Queen Maria Jose of Italy earlier in the year. Master of the Ceremonial Procession was Cav. Rev. Can. Harry E. Krauss.
DELEGATION RECEPTION AND BUFFET
March 14, 2001
On March 14, 2001, an elegant reception and buffet was held at the Union League of Philadelphia, generously underwritten and hosted by Cav. Frank Giordano, regional Vice Delegate of the American Delegation of the Savoy Orders for the Philadelphia area.This event was attended by a number members of the Savoy Orders who greeted many distinguished citizens from the Philadelphia area. Frank Giordano welcomed the assembled guests and the American Delegate Gr. Uff. Avv. Carl Morelli thanked Cav. Giordano for organizing this special event and proceeded tobriefly address this important group of doctors, educators, businessmen, jurists, their families and friends on the subjects of the origins of knighthood, the history of the House of Savoy and the charitable works and other activities of the Savoy Orders in the United States.
SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS IN MEMORY OF
H.M. QUEEN MARIA JOSÉ OF ITALY
Church of Our Saviour
Park Avenue and 37th Street
New York City
February 26, 2001
On February 26, 2001, under the auspices of the American Delegation, a Memorial Mass in memory of H.M. Queen Maria Jose of Italy who died in Geneva, Switzerland on January 27, 2001, was celebrated in the beautiful Church of Our Saviour on Park Avenue and 38th Street in New York City, by H.E. Gr. Cr. Archbishop Renato R. Martino, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and concelebrated by Uff. The Very Rev. John P. McGuire, O.P.The knights and dames of the Savoy Orders wearing the church robes of their respective Orders solemnly processed into the Church followed by members of other knightly Orders, including the Constantinian Order of St. George, the Order of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Special guests on this occasion included the Ambassador of Belgium to the United Nations, the Protocol Consul of the Belgian Consulate in New York (the Queen was the daughter of King Albert I of the Belgians), the Consul General of Italy in New York, official representatives of leading Italian-American organizations, H.R.H. Prince Hassan Durrani of Afghanistan, and Cav. Gr. Cr. Dott. Sergio Pellecchi, representing the Queen's son H.R.H. Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy and grandson H.R.H. Prince Emmanuel Philbert of Savoy.
The Homily in memory of the Queen was delivered by Uff. The Very Rev. John P. McGuire, O.P. The Gospel (Matthew 11, 25-30) and the Intercessions were delivered by Deacon Thomas B. Rich. Readings from Wisdom 3, 1-9 and from Romans 8, 31-35, 37-39, were delivered by the American Delegate of the Savoy Orders Gr. Uff. Avv. Carl Morelli and by American Delegate Emeritus Gr. Uff. James Risk, respectively.
The Choir of The Schola Cantorum Chorus, directed by Will Carter, sang Gregorian Chant as well as Allegri's Psalm 51 (Miserere mei, Deus), and Verdi's La Vergine degli Angeli. While the congregation stood in mournful silence, the Chorus sang the complete Inno Sardo Nazionale (Sardinian National Hymn), a traditional anthem written for the Savoys when they were Kings of Sardinia (which began in 1720 after the Treaty of Utrecht ended the War of the Spanish Succession). At the end of the Mass, the knights and dames of the Savoy Orders and the other Orders attending the Mass were led by Archbishop Martino and his concelebrants in solemn procession from the Church to the accompaniment of the Marcia Reale Italiana (Italian Royal March), the traditional march of the Royal House of Savoy which was played at official functions attended by the Kings of Italy after the Risorgimento united the country in 1860 and until the end of the Italian Monarchy in 1946.
A video tape of the Memorial Mass for H.M. Queen Maria José is available from the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated. Proceeds will be used to support the charitable works of the Foundation carried out in the name of the House of Savoy. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Queen's Mass video tape will soon be available on the Foundation's website.
After the Mass a gathering of mourners who attended the service to pay their respects to Her Late Majesty was held in the Union League Club located across from the Church of Our Saviour on Park Avenue and 37th Street.