Following the Chapter General 2008 the reunited Order has in accordance with the Constitution two Grand Masters-Emeriti.
They are given and shall hold this title for life enjoing the dignity of a Grand Master Emeritus.
A Grand Master Emeritus shall have ceremonial precedence in the Order second only to the Grand Master. 

 

Duke of Seville
H.H. Don Francisco de Borbon y Escasany
5th Duke of Seville and Grandee of Spain
48th Grand Master
Grandmaster Emeritus since September 2008


Don Francisco de Borbon y Escasany, the 5th Duke of Seville was confirmed the 48th Grand Master in 1986 at the Chapter-General held at Oxford, in the United Kingdom. He succeeded to his present title as Duke of Seville after the death of his father, the 4th Duke de Seville.
According to the unanimous decision of the former Paris Obedience to reunite with the Malta Obedience, the Duke of Brissac proposed the Duke of Seville to follow him as the Grandmaster of the reunited Order. Consequently the Chapter General held in Dublin in 2002 agreed to the proposal of the Duke of Brissac.
In the following Chapter General of the Paris Obedience held in Toronto 2004, the Duke of Seville was confirmed by election to be the next Grandmaster of the united Order. It was agreed that the Duke of Brissac would assume the role of Acting Grand Master until the Duke of Seville could be installed by the Spiritual Protector His Beatitude Patriarch Gregory III.
The Duke of Seville, due to personal reasons, announced in January 2008 that he would step down as Grand Master of the Order and would call a Chapter General for later in the same year.
During the Chapter General 2008 in Manchester he stepped down as Grandmaster.
The Chapter General 2008 appointed him in on 12. Sept,ber as Grand Master Emeritus. The Duke of Seville was formally asked to accept the position to which he agreed.

MEMBERS OF THE GRAND MAGISTRAL COUNCIL
As of 31 AUGUST 2020


COADJUTOR
H.E. Chev. Iván de Arteaga y del Alcázar, Marqués de Ariza, GCLJ-J (Spain)


GRAND COMMANDER OF THE ORDER
H.E. The Chev. Edward B. White, GCLJ (Canada)


ECCLESIASTICAL GRAND PRIOR OF THE ORDER
H.E. The Most Reverend Archbishop Michele Pennisi, GCLJ (Sicily) 


GRAND CHANCELLOR & VICE GRAND CHANCELLOR (ADMINISTRATION)
H.E. The Dame Marny Gilluly, GCLJ (USA)


GRAND REFERENDARY & GRAND CUSTODIAN
H.E. The Chev. Matti Vuoria, GCLJ-J (Finland)  


GRAND HOSPITALLER (interim)
H.E. The Chevalier Prof. Charles Savona-Ventura, GCLJ (Malta)

GRAND JUSTICIAR
H.E. The Chev. Hugh R. Straub, GCLJ (USA)

VICE GRAND CHANCELLOR (FINANCE)
H.E. Chev. Sijt de Boom, GCLJ (The Netherlands) 


GRAND MARSHAL
H.E. The Chev. C.W. Gilluly, GCLJ (USA)


GRAND INFORMATION OFFICER
Chev. Sergio Fernández de Córdova, KCLJ (Spain)


KEEPER OF THE TORRI & PRIVY SEAL
H.E. Chev. Gerry Maidens, GCLJ (Malta)

 

 MEMBERS WITHOUT PORTFOLIO

 


H.E. Dame Tamra Capstick-Dale, GCLJ (South Africa)


H.E. the Hon. Chev Gavin Fielding, AM GCLJ (Australia)


H.E. The Chev. Charles Holloway, GCLJ-J (England & Wales)


H.E. Maj. Gen. Dr. The Chev. Nikolaos K. Kourkoumelis-Kothris, GCLJ (Greece)


H.E. The Chev. Lt. Gen. Jan Salestrand, GCLJ (Sweden) 


H.E. The Chev. Emilio Aleman de la Escosura, GCLJ-J (Spain)


H.E. The Chev. Nuno de Pinto Leite, Count of Saint Mary, GCLJ-J (Portugal)

 

(All GMC members listed above attend GMC meetings with a vote) 

APPOINTED OFFICER OF THE GMC
(In attendance but not as a member) 


SECRETARY TO THE GRAND MAGISTRAL COUNCIL & SPIRITUAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
H.E. The Chev. Gareth Vaughan, GCLJ, (England & Wales)

 

DEPUTIES AND OTHER APPOINTED POSITIONS REPORTING TO GMC MEMBERS
(Not in attendance unless invited by the GMC member & No vote even if present at a GMC meeting)


DEPUTY ECCLESIASTICAL GRAND PRIOR OF THE ORDER
The Rev. Pr Eric Dyck, ECLJ (Canada)


DEPUTY VICE GRAND CHANCELLOR (ADMINISTRATION)
Consoeur Michelle Kwong, OLJ (USA)


DEPUTY VICE GRAND CHANCELLOR
Dame Patricia Pedrazas Freeman, DLJ (Spain)


DEPUTY GRAND REFERENDARY
H.E. The Chev. Lt. Gen. Jan Salestrand, GCLJ (Sweden) 


DEPUTY GRAND JUSTICIAR
H.E. Count The Chev. Dr. Joseph R. Pace, GCLJ-J (Malta)


DEPUTY GRAND HOSPITALLER
H.E. The Chev. John F. Byrnes Jr., GCLJ (USA)


HOSPITALLER AMBASSADOR
H.E. The Chev. RADM. Kenneth P. Moritsugu, GCLJ-J, MD (USA)


DEPUTY GRAND MARSHAL
Chev. Peter G. Salt, KCLJ (England & Wales)


GRAND OFFICER OF ARMS
The Chev. Prof. Michael W. Ross, KCLJ, PhD, MD (USA)


DEPUTY GRAND OFFICER OF ARMS
  Rev. David Juliano, ChLJ (USA)  


GRAND ARCHIVIST & HISTORIAN
H.E. The Chev. Prof. Charles Savona-Ventura, GCLJ (Malta)


INTERNATIONAL CUSTODIAN OF INSIGNIA
- Vacant -


DEPUTY INTERNATIONAL CUSTODIAN OF INSIGNIA
Mme. Pamela Levens, CLJ (England & Wales)


DEPUTY KEEPER OF THE TORRI & PRIVY SEAL
Chev. Carmel Bonello, KCLJ (Castello)


QUARTERMASTER GENERAL
Chev. Richard G. Payatt, KCLJ (USA)


PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
Chev. Norman H. Rose, KCLJ (England & Wales)


CHAIRMAN OF INSIGNIA COMMITTEE
H.E. The Chev. Gareth Vaughan, GCLJ, (England & Wales)

In November 2000, His Beatitude Maximos V Hakim retired as Patriarch and as Spiritual Protector of the Order because of the infirmities of old age (he was 92). He died on 29 June 2001, aged 93.

For the past 150 years the Patriarchs of the Melkite Catholic Church have served as the Spiritual Protectors of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. By the grace of God, at the Electoral Synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church held at Rabweh, Lebanon, on November 27-29, 2000, the Most Reverend Archbishop Lutfi Laham, Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem was elected as the new Patriarch of Jerusalem, Alexandria, Antioch and all the East. The new Patriarch took a new name, as is the custom. He chose the name of Gregory III to follow Patriarch Gregory II Youssef, the great champion of Eastern traditions and of the rights of Patriarchs in the First Vatican Council (1870). 

Patriarch Gregory III was born in Daraya, near Damascus, Syria, in 1933. The village of Daraya is known traditionally to be the place of the conversion of St. Paul on his way to Damascus.

His Beatitude entered the Seminary of the Holy Savior of the Basilian Salvatorian Fathers in the Shoof, Lebanon in 1944. He took his simple religious vows in the Basilian Salvatorian Order in 1949 and his solemn religious vows in 1954. He received his religious and philosophy education at the Holy Savior Seminary, Joun, Lebanon. He continued his Theological studies in Rome where he was ordained priest in 1959. He obtained the doctorate in oriental theology at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. He was superior of the Holy Savior Major Seminary in 1961-1964. 

In 1962, His Beatitude founded the magazine "AI-Wahdah -Unity in Faith," the first ecumenical magazine to be published in the Arabic language. He founded, in the same year, the "Center for Young Girls" in several Lebanese villages in East Sidon. In 1966, he co-founded tthe Providence Home, at Salhiyeh, near Saida, Lebanon, as an orphanage and trade school for boys. In 1974, he became Administrator of the Patriarchal Vicanate of Jerusalem. In 1976, in Jerusalem, he founded the "Student Fund" to help needy students and in 1978 the Family Assistance Fund to help needy families in the troubled areas of his Diocese. In 1967, he founded at the Patriarchate the Oriental Library to promulgate the knowledge of Eastern traditions. He initiated many social projects such as repairing churches, opening clinics and building popular housing, including a guest house for pilgrims at the Patriarchal Center in Jerusalem. 

In 1981, he was consecrated Archbishop and continued his work as Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem He is well known throughout the Middle East and Europe as an Ecumenist and Theologian. Appointed by Patriarch Maximos V Hakim as president of the Patriarchal Liturgical Commission, he edited "the Anthologion," the prayer book of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in four volumes, and 'the Book of the Liturgies," a complete and updated compendium of the Divine Liturgy. As Secretary of the Ecumenical Commission of the Melkite Patriarchate, he has been very active in the Dialogue between the two Sister Churches, the Melkite Greek Catholic and the Greek (Antiochian) Orthodox Churches. He is also a member of the League of the Universities and institutes of Religious Studies in the Middle East. 

He was installed as Patriarch November 29, immediately after his election by 30 Bishops assembled in special Synod. Present at the installation was His Beatitude Maximos V Hakim who resigned for reasons of health at 92 years of age.

 

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