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On the evening of Friday 16th November 2018 the Cardiff Oratory and the Order of St Lazarus, Commandery of Wales, co-hosted a fundraising dinner at Newman Hall for the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Syrian Christian Refugee Appeal.  During preprandial drinks in the Newman Hall library Dr Alex McAuley, a Classicist and Lecturer in Hellensitic History & Director of International Affairs at the School of History, Archaeology, and Religion at Cardiff University, delivered a fascinating illustrated lecture entitled ‘Syria Yesterday and Today’.

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The Autumn National Investiture of the Grand Priory of England and Wales was held in the Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair on Saturday 27th October 2018.

The Grand Priory was honoured with the presence of the Grand Master Emeritus of the Order, The Most Excellent Don Francisco de Borbón y Escasany, Duke of Seville GE as Investing Officer, assisted by the Bailiff, HE The Chevalier Charles Holloway GCLJ, KMLJ.  With members, visitors and guests in attendance, the Grand Master Emeritus, the Bailiff , clergy, Members of the Grand Priory and distinguished guests processed into Church. The service was led by the Chaplain-General, The Rev’d Canon Victor Bullock SChLJ assisted by several Chaplains of the Order. The Sermon was delivered by The Rt Rev’d Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishop of the Archdiocese of Southwark, Titular Bishop of Rosemarke,  who took as his theme the phrase ‘Our Lords the Sick’ from the Order’s prayers of intercession.

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The Spiritual Advisory Council meeting of the Order was held on July 30th and July 31st at The Royal Foundation of Saint Katherine, London.

The meeting was led by the Ecclesiastical Grand Prior, The Most Reverend Monsignore Michele Pennisi. Other Members of the Council in attendance were The Reverend Pastor Eric Dyck (Canada) Vice Chair; The Reverend Alexander McDonald (Scotland); Dr. Andreas Rademachers (Germany) and the Secretary to the Council, H.E. The Chev. Gareth Vaughan. Invited guests to this Council were Mrs. Alba Thomas, interpreter for the Ecclesiastical Grand Prior and Dame Patricia Pedrazas Freeman, Deputy Vice Grand Chancellor. Following the opening prayers, introduction and welcoming, the minutes from the previous meeting were approved.

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On 4 September 2018, a charity concert organized by the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem Hungary and the Hungarian Defense Forces Health Center, Military Hospital for Hungarian Cardiac Surgery Foundation was held at the Stefania Palace-Military Cultural Center. The wife of the first Prime Minister of the democratically-elected Hungarian government, József Antall, and Countess Éva Nyáry, Emeritus Grand Prior, were both present.

At the opening ceremony Sándor Pellek MD, PhD, KLJ, professional lieutenant colonel of the Hungarian Defence Forces Health Center Budapest, head of the thoracic surgery division, and  Grand Prior of Hungary stated that this concert is the first common cultural event in support of the Foundation. The Commander of the Military Hospital, Major General István Kun-Szabó, immediately joined the initiative, and as a result, the pioneering cultural agreement between the two organizations was established. The involvement of the Order of St Lazarus will demonstarte especially the honesty, loyalty, charity, service and courtesy of our younger members.

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"It is very fitting that we should come together in prayer at Mellieha, the oldest Marian Sanctuary on the island of Malta." – Apostolic Journey to Malta – address of His Holiness John Paul II to the faithful gathered at the Marian Sanctuary of Mellieha on Saturday, 26th May 1990.

In the Catholic Calendar, the month of May is devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Grand Priory of the Maltese Islands organized its annual Marian Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieha led by the Grand Prior H.E. Chev. Charles Savona-Ventura, the Chancellor H.E. Chev. Michael Ciavola, and the Commander of Gozo Chev. Carmel Saliba.

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