A letter from the Grand Master is now available on the download section in english and french.

Having only been elected and installed in Madrid as the 50th Grand Master of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem a few days previously it was a great privilege for the Grand Priory of Australia to welcome His Excellency Don Francisco de Borbon Graf von Hardenberg GLCJ (J) GClrLJ to the 2018 annual National Chapter, which was held in Perth, Western Australia between 10 and 13 May. 135 participants attended the National Chapter this year.

The new Grand Master attended the National Council meeting and was introduced to national office bearers and Commandery Presidents by the outgoing Grand Prior, HE the Chevalier Willoughby Bailey AO GCLJ GCrLJ CMLJ.

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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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