• Humanitarian

    Fighting for the poor
  • Humanitarian

    Fighting for the poor
  • History

    Looking back on a long tradition
  • Ecumenical

    Bringing Christians together

The Council then proceeded to review several items such as the Order's Spiritual Focus, the current relationship with the Melkite - Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Jerusalem and the recently appointed Patriarch, His Beatitude Youssef I Absi as Spiritual Protector of the Order. The Council also revised the duties and functions of Chaplains in Jurisdictions and Commanderies and the matters of protocol in vigils and investitures.

It was noticed that suggestions had been made across several Jurisdictions that more Spiritual guidance should be supplied, this encouraging suggestion was received with enthusiasm with the result that practical items such as an ecumenical calendar and a prayer book for the Order are being examined and proposed.

Pilgrimages are an important part of the Spiritual life of the Order, when members of different countries and denominations come together with the common purpose of praying and strengthening their faith. Following recommendations from the Council several destinations for the upcoming Pilgrimage will be submitted to the Grand Master for consideration.

As an answer to the petition of His Beatitude to support threatened Christians in Syria, the Council agreed to approach the Patriarch to ask for advice and current specific projects where the Order could be of use. This effort will certainly create a strong and special liason between the Hospitaller Commissioners of the Order and the Spiritual Advisory Council.

The Grand Master dedicated the following words to the Council:
"Dear Monsignore, dear Reverend's, dear members of the Spiritual Advisory Council of the Order, As your Grand Master I would like to send you my deepest regards and thank you for all the important work you have been doing to keep spirituality and Christianity alive in our Order. We are living troubled times in which faith and moral is often lost and I am absolutely concerned and grateful for your valuable work protecting and promoting Christianity and God's work. I hope this meeting is fruitful and helps gathering us in Ecumenism and brings upon us a positive and successful project for years to come. The Grand Master".

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