Dear Members of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem,

 I join in prayer with the families and members of the Order at the passage to his heavenly home of our dear Grand Master, Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbon Marqués de Almazàn.

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H.E. Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón, Marqués de Almazán, 49th Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, passed away on Tuesday, 29th August 2017 in Madrid, Spain after a long struggle with cancer. 

Don Carlos was born on 24th January 1947 in Montevideo, Uruguay to Don Nicolás Gereda y Bustamante and Doña María Luisa de Borbón y Pintó.  After moving to Spain, he attended school in the UK, then returned to Madrid where he studied for an Industrial Engineering degree and an M.B.A at Complutense University.  In his professional career, Don Carlos worked as a commercial development entrepreneur, designing oil refining and petrochemical plants and working in the civil engineering and telecom sectors.  He married Doña María las Nieves Castellano y Barón, Marchioness de Almazán on 15th February 1975.

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It is with deep regret that we intimate that the XLIX Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, H. E. D. Carlos Gereda y de Borbón, Marqués de Almazán, passed away today, August 29th, at 7:00 a.m. at his residence in Madrid, Spain.

 The private funeral service will take place tomorrow, August 30, in the family pantheon.  A Memorial Service will be organized in Madrid, probably in October for all members of the Order and other friends to pay tribute to his leadership and to celebrate his life.

In accordance with the Order’s Constitution, The Coadjutor, H.E. Chev. Francisco de Borbón von Hardenberg, GCLJ, has become Interim Grand Master until the Chapter General elects a successor Grand Master.  We sincerely welcome his leadership. 

May his legacy be everlasting and let us all reflect on the Order he always loved.

Atavis et Armis.

The Czech Grand Bailiwick is very sad to announce the death of the Chaplain-General of the jurisdiction, His Eminence Miloslav Cardinal Vlk, EGCLJ at the age of 83 years.  Cardinal Vlk was for many years president of the European Bishops‘ Conference, chairman of the Bishops' Conference of the movement Focolare and archbishop of Prague. He was a close friend of Pope Francis. He took his function as the senior chaplain of our jurisdiction very seriously. He was not only interested in the activities of our hospices, but was in regular contact with each commandery. Our Father Cardinal will be greatly missed.

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