It is with immense pride and pleasure that
we announce what marks a very important milestone in the history our
For the first time in its history, the Maltese Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem now has its Official Premises in the heart of our Capital City, Valletta.
This was only possible with the help of our beloved Grand Prior, His Grace Mgr. Knight Grand Officer Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta, Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Archbishop Scicluna signed the agreement granting us use of the property earlier this week on the 15th May 2019, which coincidentally happened to be his birthday, in the presence of H.E. Roberto Buontempo, Lieutenant for Malta, and Chev. Michael Pace Ross, Administrative Secretary of the Archdiocese of Malta, also a member of our Order.
The Vigil at Arms and Investiture Ceremonies of the Maltese Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem were held on the 10th & 11th May 2019 respectively in the presence of our Lieutenant, H.E. Roberto Buontempo.
We were honoured by the presence of His
Eminence Cardinal Edwin Frederick O’Brien, Grand Master of the Order, this
being his 3rd visit to Malta on the occasion of our last three
Both occasions were also attended by Representatives
of other Lieutenancies including:
H.E. Ing. Maurizio Russo KGCHS
– Lieutenant of Sicily
Comm. John McDermott KGCHS –
representing the Lieutenant of England & Wales
Comm. David Tabarracci KCHS –
Delegate of Lucca, Lieutenancy of Central Apennine Italy
Comm. Tiago Teles de Abreu
KCHS – representing the Lieutenant of Portugal
The Vigil at Arms Ceremony
The Vigil at Arms Ceremony was held on
Friday 10th May 2019 at the St. Mary of Jesus (Ta’ Ġieżu) Church,
Valletta. This was presided by His Grace
Mgr. Knight Grand Officer Paul Cremona, OP, Archbishop Emeritus of Malta and
Grand Prior ad Honorem of the Maltese Lieutenancy.
This ceremony served as a time of solemn
prayer for the Knights, Dame and Clergy to be invested, as well as for all
members of the Order, in preparation for the Investiture.
On this occasion the following promotions
To Commander with Star,
Commander Ray Cassar
To Commander with Star,
Commander Charles Mifsud
To Commander, Knight Glen
To Commander, Knight Marino
To Commander, Knight Frederick
To Commander, Knight George
To Dame Commander with Star,
Dame Commander Elizabeth Olivieri
and the following awards were given:
Chev. Raymond Zammit – Bronze Palm of Jerusalem
Dame Marianne Zammit – Bronze Palm of Jerusalem
Mrs. Mariella Fenech Pace – Cross of Merit of
the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Mrs. Rosanne Licari – Cross of Merit of the
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
The ceremony was
followed by a reception at Palazzo Messina in Valletta.
The Investiture Ceremony
The Investiture Ceremony was held on Saturday 11th May 2019 at St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta. This was celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Grand Master Edwin Frederick O’Brien.
Major Concelebrants included His Grace Mgr.
Knight Grand Officer Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta, Adjunct
Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Grand Prior of
the Maltese Lieutenancy and His Grace Mgr. Knight Grand Officer Paul Cremona,
OP, Archbishop Emeritus of Malta and Grand Prior ad Honorem of the Maltese
The ceremony was also attended by H.E. The Noble Daniel de Petri Testaferrata,
President of the Maltese Association of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller
Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.
On this occasion, the following were
Knights – Mr. Roger DeGaetano, Mr. Marco Ortica, Mr.
Michael Pace Ross
Dame – Mrs. Louisa Depasquale
Ecc. Knight – Mgr. Paul Carmel Vella, Provost Archpriest of B’Kara, Canon ad
honorem of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter
Ecc. Knight Grand Officer –
His Lordship Mgr. Joseph Galea Curmi, Auxiliary
Bishop of Malta, Titular Bishop of
The ceremony was followed by a Gala Dinner
held at the Casino Maltese in Valletta.