Government of the Order

The Government of the Order is broken into 3 Branches, Sovereign, Grand Magistiurm, 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 Grand Magisterium

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 Cardinal Grand Master

  2. The Patriarch Grand Prior

  3. The Assessor

  4. The Lieutenant General

  5. The Governor General

  6. The Vice-Governor Generals

  7. The Chancellor of the Order

  8. The Master of Ceremonies of the Order

  9. 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.

 

Cardinal Grand Master

His Eminence Edwin Cardinal O’Brien


  • The Cardinal Grand Master is appointed by the Supreme Pontiff from among the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church.

  • The Cardinal Grand Master directs and governs the Order and he represents it.

  • Relations of the Order with the Holy See and the highest authorities, ecclesiastic and civil, international and national, are managed by the Cardinal grand Master.


Patriarch Grand Prior

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem - Vacante

Pro-Grand Prior - His Most Reverend Pierbattista Pizzaballa


  • The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem is Grand Prior of the Order. He is the highest dignitary of the Order, after the Cardinal Grand Master.

  • The Patriarch Grand Prior of the Order reports periodically to the Cardinal Grand Master and to the Grand Magisterium on the pastoral needs of the Holy Land, to help the previously-mentioned bodies with distribution of aid and co-ordination of the activities of the Order in the Holy Land.


Assessor

The Most Reverend Antonio Franco


  • The Assessor is a prelate, appointed by the Cardinal Grand Master, with approval of the Supreme Pontiff.

  • The Assessor represents the Order and directs it in collaboration with the above-mentioned constitutional bodies, during the absence or incapacity of the Cardinal Grand Master.

  • The Assessor’s term ends with the appointment of a new Cardinal Grand Master, but can be reconfirmed.


Lieutenant General

His Excellency Count Agostino Borromeo

  • Named by the Cardinal Grand Master from among the lay Knights/Dames 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.

  • Has the title of “Excellency” during his/her term of office.


Governor General

His Excellency Conte Leonardo Visconti di Modrone

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 by the Cardinal Grand Master.

  • Has the title of “Excellency” during his/her term of office.


Vice-Governor Generals

H.E. P. Thomas POGGE, KGCHS - Vice-Governor General of North America

S.E. le Chev.Gr.Cr. Jean-Pierre Marie de GLUTZ-RUCHTI, KGCHS - Vice-Governor General of Europe

H.E. Dr. Paul BARTLEY, KGCHS - Vice-Governor General of Asia and the Pacific region

  • Named by the Cardinal Grand Master from among the lay Knights of the Order.

  • The vice-Generals collaborate with the Governor General. They assist in the development of the Governor-General activities.

  • They substitute for the Governor-General in his/her absence.

  • Has the title of “Excellency” during his/her term of office.


Chancellor of the Order

Cav. Gr. Cr. Amb. Alfredo BASTIANELLI

  • The chancellor of the Order is aimed by the Cardinal grand Master from among the ecclesiastic or Lay members of the Order

  • The Chancellor of the Order is the Secretary of the Grand Magisterium, of the Presidency of the Grand Magisterium and of the Council.

  • He superintends elections and promotions, and the renewal of the offices of Dignitaries of the Lieutenancies.

  • Edits and Directs the Printing of the Publications of the Order

  • Whenever the Chancellor of the Order is an ecclesiastic, he Treat problems concerning spiritual life of th Order; otherwise, such duties are carried out by the Master of Ceremonies of the Order.

  • Carries out special instructions bestowed upon them by the Cardinal Grand Master.


Master of Ceremonies of the Order

Rev. Mons. Fortunato FREZZA

The Master of Ceremonies of the Order, is selected by the Cardinal Grand Master from among the ecclesiastic members of the Order:

  • looks after of the organization of religious ceremonies and manifestations;

  • performs special duties which the Cardinal grand Master sees fit to entrust to him;

  • he treats problems concerning the spiritual life of the Order, whenever the Chancellor of the Order is Lay.


The Council Members

H.E. Ambassador Prof. Dr. Bo J. THEUTENBERG, KGCHS

Gr. Off. Maître Philippe PLANTADE

S.E. le Chev. Gr. Cr. François t’KINT de ROODENBEKE

H.E. Mary Currivan O'BRIEN, DGCHS

Gr. Uff. Avv. Flavio RONDININI

S.E. Cav. Gr. Cr. Dott.

H.E. Mr. Nicholas McKENNA, KGCHS

Advisors

H.E. Joseph E. SPINNATO, KGCHS

H.E. Prof. Thomas E. McKIERNAN, KGCHS

ASSESSOR OF HONOR

His Most Reverend Excellency Mons. Giuseppe LAZZAROTTO
Titular Archbishop of Numana - Apostolic Nuncio

His Most Reverend Excellency Archbishop Antonio FRANCO
Archbishop Tit. of Gallese - Apostolic Nuncio

LIEUTENANT GENERAL OF HONOR

SE Collar Knight Count Prof. Giuseppe FROM THE TOWER OF THE BLOOD TEMPLE

GENERAL GOVERNOR OF HONOR

SE Knight Collar Dr. Ing. Pier Luigi WORD

VICE GENERAL GOVERNORS OF HONOR

HE George T. RYAN, KGCHS
IF the Chev. Gr. Cr. Jean Marc ALLARD
IF the Chev. Gr. Cr. Baron Hubert SIMONART
SE Cav. Gr. Cr. Ing. Adolfo RINALDI
HE Patrick D. POWERS, Knight of the Collar
SE Knight Collar Avv. Giorgio MORONI PRESS

CANCELLIERA D'ONORE

Cav.Gr.Cr. Dr. Prof. Ivan REBERNIK

DIGNITARIES OF HONOR

Cav. Gr. Cr. Prof. Avv. Aldo Maria ARENA
SE Cav. Gr. Cr. Count Mario CANTUTI CASTELVETRI
Mr. Dennis J. LOONEY, KGCHS
Mr. Michael R. EARTHMAN, KGCHS
Dr. Otto KASPAR, GKR
Mr. John RALPH, KGCHS
Prof. Bartholomew John McGETTRICK, KGCHS
Dr. Christa von SIEMENS, LGCHS
Cav. Gr. Cr. Dr. Prof. Pierre BLANCHARD
SE Cab.Gr.Cr. D. João de Castro de Mendia
HE Joseph E. SPINNATO, KGCHS
HE Dr. Heinrich DICKMANN, GKR
HE John C. PIUNNO, KGCHS
HE Prof. Thomas E. McKIERNAN, KGCHS