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At the Chapter-General of the Order held in Madrid on Saturday May 5, 2018 attended by nearly 250 members of the Order, HE Don Francisco de Borbon Graf von Hardenberg GCLJ was elected the 50th Grand Master of the Order by Acclamation. Thereafter each Head of Jurisdiction in attendance pledged loyalty and support as well as conveying the best wishes of their Jurisdictions on his Election.

That afternoon he was installed as Grand Master at a solemn ceremony held in the church of the Monasterio de Santo Domingo el Real where he was solemnly Proclaimed and Sworn In to this, the highest office of the Order, in token of which he received the Grand Collar as a symbol of his rank.

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On April 21st the Grand Master Emeritus, HRH Don Francisco de Borbón y Escasany, Duque of Seville, and the Commander of the Hereditary Commandery of Rurich, Count Benedikt von Eckbrecht Dürckheim-Montmartin, KCLJ-J, visited Saint Anne’s school Rayak. This town is at the north border of Lebanon with Syria and the school occupies an old French air force base from the 1930s. German members of our Order have financed the construction of exterior corridors, aluminum window frames, bathrooms and a kitchen in the school.

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INFORMATION FROM

  • the Grand Bailiwick of Germany
  • the Humanitarian Grand Priory in Europe
  • the Hereditary Commandery of Rurich

to the members of the International Order of St. Lazarus:

In 2016, the 49th Grand Master, in coordination with the GMC, authorised the Grand Bailiwick of Germany to hold talks with a registered association in Germany bearing the name of “Ritter des Hl. Lazarus zu Jerusalem e.V.”, and to consider options for integrating the members of this association into the Grand Bailiwick of Germany and into the International Order.

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As reported by Vatican City News, on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass at Casa Santa Marta with the Spiritual Protector of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Patriarch of Antioch, His Beatitude Youssef Absi, and the Greek Melkite Catholic bishops. They were visiting Rome following their Synod held in Lebanon at the beginning of February.

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Münster Week against Racism: our GPEU-Hospitaller Prof. Dr. Joachim Gardemann CLJ, CMLJ  presents an exhibition and emphasizes the great importance of the family.
Commander Dr. Joachim Gardemann CLJ, CMLJ, Lazarus-Hospitaller of the Humanitarian Grand Priory, is the Director of the Center of Competence for Humanitarian Aid at the University of Applied Science in Münster. Aid operations have taken the pediatrician around the world for the past two decades, including visits to Macedonia, Rwanda, Sudan and Haiti.

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