KIAWAH ISLAND—Joseph Tronco of the Knights of Malta has been awarded the Cross Pro Merito Melitensi by the Sovereign Council in Rome, according to the Charlotte Region for the Federal Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta.
The Cross Pro Merito Melitensi is awarded to those who have brought honor to the Order of Malta, promoting Christian values in serving the poor, sick, and disadvantaged.
Tronco has been a Knight of Malta since 2001 and has served on its board of directors in Washington, plus many other boards and organizations in the Charlotte and Charleston areas. Tronco and his wife Kathy are active in the outreach missions of Our Lady of Mercy on Johns Island and Neighborhood House in Charleston. They are members of Holy Spirit Church on Johns Island.
The Order was founded in Jerusalem in 1050, and today is active in over 120 countries.