During the Advent period, the Grand Priory of the Maltese Islands in conjunction with its subjurisdiction in Gozo has organised a series of philanthropic activities addressed towards various recipients. The first activity was held on the 3rd December when, in collaboration with the local council of the town of Marsascala, a carol singing public event was organised featuring local town talent supported by the VOICE STUDIO led by Dame MarieTherese Vassallo. The proceeds of this event were targeted to support the AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED that supports missionary projects in countries where Christians are being persecuted for their faith.

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On June 23, 2017, the latest new citizen from the Grand Commandery of the South’s citizenship program swore his Oath of Allegiance to the United States.  Mr. Seidu came to the United States from his native Mauritania by way of Senegal.  As result of civil strife in Mauritania, he was never able to go to school to learn to read or to write, much less to learn English.  For two years, he worked with us as well as with an English as a second language program at a local Baptist Church to learn to read, write and speak English. 

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Probably the most significant project yet undertaken by the Western Cape Commandery to date has been the desperately needed complete upgrade and refurbishment of both the MOTHERS ROOM and the MILK ROOM at Sarah Fox Children’s Hospital in the heart of one of Cape Town’s visibly marginalised communities.
The Mothers Room was a cluttered, unfriendly space and has been thoroughly cleaned up and refurbished by Commandery women - using their own resources and crowd funding - and turned into a welcoming, comfortable room where mothers from often the most deprived homes are able to stay close to their children for a short while; -for some, their last days.

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The Hungarian Grand Priory of the Military and Hospitaler Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem has delivered a large truckload of donations to Erzsébetváros, the VIIth District of the town of Budapest.  The donations will be distributed to large families living in Erzsébetváros and the surrounding area, to the needy and elderly, and to the homeless.

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