His Most Eminent Highness Frŕ Andrew Bertie the Prince and Grandmaster and the Sovereign Council of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta have awarded the
posthumously on 21 June 2006 to Clare Kalkwarf acknowledging that she had dedicated her entire life for the last 14 years to the Order of Malta for the co-foundation and development of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard. She was the most important and efficient motor and heart of the Brotherhood, worked tirelessly for the Order and served in many responsible committees and functions, as the Vice-President, Manager and Co-ordinator of many projects.
The Gold Medal of the Order "pro merito melitensi" is in fact the rarest decoration and is considered the most valuable reward which the Order of Malta awards. The regulations for the Order "pro merito melitensi" state: "The Gold Medal shall always be reserved for those who have participated in our activities putting their life in danger" - and indeed she was not only murdered in her uniform returning from a dedicated members' meeting of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard, but she had sacrificed her life in total dedication to her vocation in the Order of Malta.
His Excellency, the Grand Hospitaller of the Order of Malta, Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, presented Clare Kalkwarf with the Silver Medal of the Order "pro merito melitensi" on 9 July 2000.
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