Government of the Order

The Government of the Order is broken into 3 Branch, Sovereign, Executive, Lieutenancy.

The Executive Branch is made up of 3 parts, The Leadership, The Grand Magisterium, and the Council.

The Lieutenancy leadership is made up of the Council. Depending on the local laws the the make up of the Council will vary from Lieutenancy to Lieutenancy.

 
 

Sovereign of the Order

The Supreme Pontiff

Up until the 1949 the Supreme Pontiff was the Grand Master of the Order. In 1949 The Supreme Pontiff deemed it worthy to grant the Order a full time Cardinal Grand Master. The Secretary of State of His Holiness The Pope, on advice from the Cardinal Grand Master and the Supreme Pontiff signs all Investiture papers thus allowing new members to join the Order.


The Executive Branch

The whole of the Executive branch is responsible for running the Order on a global level.

 

The Leadership

The Leadership part of the Executive branch is responsible for leading the Executive branch, and taking council of the Executive branch.

 

Cardinal Grand Master

His Eminence Edwin Cardinal O’Brien, Knight of the Collar


The Order is directed and governed by the Cardinal Grand Master. In the government of the Order the Cardinal Grand Master is assisted by;

  • The Grand Magisterium and its Presidency

  • The Council

 

Patriarch Grand Prior

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem - Sede Vacante

Pro-Grand Prior - His Most Reverend Monsignor Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Knight of the Collar

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Assessor

The Most Reverend Antonio Franco

The Assessor is appointed by the Cardinal Grand Master, with approval of the Supreme Pontiff. The Assessor’s term end with the appointment of a new Cardinal Grand Master. During the absence or incapacity of the Cardinal Grand Master the Assessor will assume the Cardinal Grand Master’s Duties. The Assessor, when he does not substitute for the Cardinal grand Master, can take part in meetings of the Grand Magisterium; but does not have the right to vote.


The Grand Magisterium

The Grand Magisterium part of the Executive branch is responsible for giving the Leadership it’s sound council, and ensuring that all the programs and wishes of the Executive branch are completed.

 

The Grand Magisterium assists and aids the Cardinal Grand Master in the government and administration of the Order. The Grand Magisterium, in accordance with the directives given by the Cardinal Grand Master, prearranges and programs activities of the Order, prearranges and programs activities of the Order in the Holy Land, orients and co-ordinaltes activities on the national organization, carries out every other duty which the Cardinal grand Master deems proper to entrust to it.

The Grand Magisterium is made up of:

  1. the Lieutenant General

  2. the Governor General

  3. the Vice-Governor Generals

  4. the Chancellor of the Order

  5. the Master of Ceremonies of the Order

  6. other members of the Order, selected and named by the Cardinal Grand Master. According to criteria based on principles and international composition and function. They may number no more than 12, of which at least 2/3 must be Laymen.

 

Lieutenant General

Named by the Cardinal Grand Master from among the lay Knights of the Order. Represents the Cardinal Grand Master in gatherings which concerns the Order or when they have been delegated to them. Carries out every duty which, for special reasons, the Cardinal Grand Master deems proper to entrust to them.

 

Governor General

Named by the Cardinal Grand Master from among the lay Knights of the Order. The Governor General, under the direction of Cardinal grand master;

  • superintends activities of the members of the grand Magisterium, the Council and the Commissions;

  • studies and reports to the Cardinal Grnad Master on needs or works in the Holy Land;

  • Represents the Order in trial;

  • follows the Situation and needs of the Lieutenancies and Magistral Delegations;

  • intervenes - directly if necessary- in the discipline and empowering of the aforementioned peripheral organization;

  • performs and follows administrative regulations and is responsible for affairs of ordinary administration, he must have the explicit consent of the Cardinal Grand master;

  • he informs the Cardinal grand Master on problems and questions debated and discussed within the Order;

  • carries out all duties which may be entrusted to him bu the Cardinal Grand Master.

 

Vice-Governor Generals

Named by the Cardinal Grand Master from among the lay Knights of the Order. the vice-Generals collaborate with the Governor General. They assist

The Executive Council