On August 1st and 2nd, the first Italian Swiss Spluga gathering with historic military vehicles was held in Madesimo (very close to Sondrio, Lombardia Region).

This event, held for the first time, was organized by the Grand Priory of Italy of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem together with the cooperation of other Associations and Groups including: Interarma Protezione Civile (Interarms Civil Protection), Crestawald Museum Fortress.

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The civil and religious authorities, especially H.E. The Most Reverend Cardinal of the Holy See Cocco Palmeri, were deeply grateful for the security work carried out on behalf of tyeh Grand Priory of Italy during the long city journey of one of the most important religious processions organized in Lombardy Region:  the arrival of the “Three Kings” with their gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) at the Nativity cave on January 6th, the Feaast of the Epiphany.

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Members and guests from several European Countries gathered on a friendly autumn day in the carefully renovated and redesigned church of St. Lazarus in Gfenn (13th Century).

The celebrating Grand Bailiff, Chevalier Don Luca Anteo Ramella and the Vice Grand Bailiff, Don Sergio Zorrilla Debón de Ribera, wore their traditional investiture habit consisting of chain armour and surcoat in the style of the 12 century.

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The Western Cape Commandery of the Grand Bailiwick of South Africa recently held a Vigil and Investiture Service at St Michaels and All Saints, Observatory, Cape Town.

The theme of the sermon during the Friday evening’s Vigil lay in our Southern Hemisphere Spring and its promise of new birth, growth and renewal. This was of particular importance to the six new Associates who were to be installed at the next day’s Investiture Service as full Members and to those members being promoted to the rank of Officer of the Order.

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