Special vespers held at St. Nicholas Church, Valletta.

5th December, 2022

On the personal invitation of the Patriarchal Exarch of Malta, Metropolitan Kyrillos of Krini, members of the Council representing our Lieutenant and Order, participated during special vespers held at St. Nicholas Church, Valletta.

The ceremony was presided by His All-Holiness the Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in the presence of His Grace Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna and other distinguished guests.

This was a historical moment for this was the first ever visit of the Head of all the Orthodox Church to Malta, marking 40 years from the establishment of the patriarchate.

Solemn Investiture in Naples

2/3 December 2022

Our Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo, was invited to take part at the Solemn Investiture of 30 new Knights and Dames of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, held at the Basilica Sanctuary of the Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio in Naples. The ceremony was presided over by Cardinal Filoni, Grand Master, together with the Assessor Mons. Tommaso Caputo, Archbishop Prelate if Pompei and Grand Prior of the Lieutenancy, Archbishop Mons. Depalma.

The Lieutenant for Italia Meridionale Tirrenica, Giovanni Battista Rossi, joyfully welcomed the new Knights and new Dames together with the Chancellor of the Grand Magisterium, Ambassador Bastianelli and the other Lieutenants present (Italia Meridionale Adriatica, Italia Sicilia, Italia Sardegna, Switzerland and Malta).

Feast of St Catherine of Alexandria.

25th November 2022

Members of our Lieutenancy were invited by the Augustinian Cloistered Nuns to attend a mass on the occasion of the feast of St Catherine of Alexandria.

The celebration was held at the Monastery of St Catherine, Valletta.

Special thanks go to the Mother Abbess Sister Michelina Zammit OSA and Father Provincial Fr Leslie Gatt OSA.

Our Grand Prior’s 10th anniversary since his episcopal ordination.

24th November 2022

The Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo, together with the Council and Members of the Maltese Lieutenancy wish to congratulate Grand Prior and Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna on the 10th anniversary since his episcopal ordination.

On this solemn occasion, Mons Scicluna was presented with an episcopal ring to solidify the special bond that already exists between the Lieutenancy and its Grand Prior.

Ad Multos Annos

Unveiling of a marble plaque with an inscription of a prayer by Pope Francis, to mark the Pope’s visit to St Paul’s Grotto.

The investiture weekend came to a close on the 6th November 2022 with a visit to Rabat, Malta, attended by the Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo, Council members, foreign dignitaries and guests and the newly invested Knights and Dames.

A thanksgiving mass was celebrated by Rev. Can. Joe Mizzi, Archpriest, at St Publius church. After which the group visited St Paul’s Grotto and the Lieutenancy’s Ecclesiastical Seat, ta’ Doni Church. Finally a reception was held at the Wignacourt Museum with the kind support of Mr Neville Agius.

A marble plaque with an inscription of a prayer by Pope Francis, kindly donated by our Lieutenancy to mark the Pope’s visit to St Paul’s Grotto on the 3rd April 2022, was unveiled and blessed.

The Vigil of Prayer and Investiture Ceremonies of the Maltese Lieutenancy

The Vigil of Prayer and Investiture Ceremonies of the Maltese Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem were held on the 4th & 5th November 2022 at the Collegiate Basilica of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Senglea and St Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina, respectively, in the presence of the Maltese Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo. The Vigil was presided by Mgr. Joseph Galea-Curmi, Auxiliary Bishop of Malta while the investiture was presided by the Maltese Lieutenancy’s Grand Prior Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta. Eleven new Knights and Dames were invested into the Order.

The Lieutenancy was honoured by the presence of Their Excellencies Dott. Saverio Petrillo -Treasurer of the Order, Prof Not Ferdinando Parente – Lieutenant Italia Meridionale Adriatica, Dott Marco Cantori – Lieutenant for Italia Sardegna, Comm. Angelo Domenico Dell’Oro – Lieutenant for l’Italia Settentrionale, Ing Giuseppe Michele Marrani – Lieutenant for l’Italia Centrale Appenninica and Dame Grand Officer Mairead Walls representing the Lieutenant of Ireland.

The Investiture Ceremony was also attended by Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, President of the Maltese Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

Photo by Ian Noel Pace

Investiture in Milan

15th October 2022

A Maltese delegation composed of the Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo, his spouse, the treasurer Comm. Ray Mercieca and spouse Dame Tania Mercieca, participated during the investiture ceremonies held in Milan inside the church complex of Santa Maria della Pace, upon the invitation of H.E. Comm Angelo Domenico Dell’Oro, Lieutenant of Italia Settentrionale.

The investiture was presided by the Grand Prior of the Lieutenancy H.E. Mons Maurizio Malvestiti, Bishop of Lodi.

Investiture in Córdoba

On the 7th and 8th October the Chancellor, Knight Grand Officer Ray M Cassar and the Secretary of the Lieutenancy Knight Commander Christopher Busuttil Delbridge represented the Lieutenant, Knight Grand Cross H.E Roberto Buontempo at an investiture ceremony inside the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba on the invitation of the Lieutenant of Western Spain H.E. Knight Grand Cross Jose Carlos Sanjuan y Monforte, in the presence of H.E. the Governor General Leonardo Visconti di Modrone.