The Spring National Investiture and Meeting of the members of the Grand Priory of Finland was held in St Göran Church in Mariehamn Åland on 17-19th of May2019.

The warm weather and atmosphere surrounded almost one hundred members in the beautiful locations in the Åland Islands where the Commandery of St Olof organized the National Meeting and celebration of its 40 years anniversary.

In the picture the Grand Prior of the GP of Finland Helena Pesola GCLJ stands with the new members and the merited members.

The Grand Priory of the Maltese Islands celebrated the feast of St Paul's Shipwreck. The Grand Priory organised a Holy mass at the Sanctuary of St. Paul Shipwreck at St. Pauls Bay. According to tradition, the site of the sanctuary is located where a bonfire was lit to keep the stranded survivors warm after the wreck, and where St Paul was consequently bitten, and remained unaffected, by a venomous snake. The mass was celebrated by Senior Chaplain Father Thomas Moore and a good number of members from the Grand Priory had participated. The account of Paul’s shipwreck and three-month, wintertime stay on Malta is found in the Bible’s Acts 27:27 through 28:11, giving a very detailed account of the story which makes Malta as one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.

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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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