Thanksgiving Mass – Fontana, Gozo.

 

Last Sunday, 7th April 2019, the Maltese Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem organised a Thanksgiving Mass at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church in Fontana, Gozo.

Mass was celebrated by Fontana’s Parish Priest, our confrere Rev. Fr. Kt. Comm. John Muscat, and concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Dr. Nicholas J. Doublet.   After mass, the Fontana Parish kindly organised a pre-lunch drinks and canapés in honour of our new Lieutenant H.E. Kt. Gr. Off. Roberto Buontempo.

The attending knights and dames, accompanied by family and friends, had a very pleasant lunch at the Grand Hotel in Mgarr, Gozo.

50th Anniversary since the Presbyteral Ordination of Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona

The members of the Maltese Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem would like to congratulate their Confrere, H.E. Mgr. Paul Cremona KC*HS, Archbishop Emeritus of Malta and Grand Prior Ad Honorem of the Lieutenancy on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary since his Ordination to priesthood. We wish him well in the many years to come. Ad multos annos!

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Annual General Meeting 2019

 

On Sunday 17th March 2019, the Lieutenancy of Malta held its Annual General Meeting at Porziuncola Retreat House, Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq. This was presided by H.E. Roberto Buontempo, the Lieutenant, and was very well attended by members. Healthy discussions ensued concentrating on how members can help the Lieutenancy, through prayer as well as financial means, in supporting the proposed projects needed by the Latin Patriarchate in the Holy Land. The meeting was followed by Holy Mass and a very enjoyable lunch together with family and friends of the Order.

 

Investiture – Lieutenancy of Italia, Sicilia – February 2019

On the 23rd of February 2019, H.E. The Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo, accompanied by the Vice Chancellor, Commander Ray M. Cassar, attended an investiture ceremony in the Cathedral of Palermo as the honoured guests of the Lieutenant of Italia-Sicilia, H.E Maurizio Russo. The ceremony which saw the investiture of a good number of knights, dames, priests and even bishops, was conducted by the Cardinal Grand Master, His Eminence Edwin O’Brien, in the presence of H.E. the Governor General, Leonardo Visconti di Modrone.

 

This occasion served, amongst other things, to strengthen the links that exist between Malta and Sicily and to form new ones with the Lieutenancy of Italia Centrale Appenninica, represented by H.E. Giuseppe Michele Marrani.

 

Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem – February 2019

 

Last Saturday 2nd February 2019, Knights and Dames of the Maltese Lieutenancy participated in a liturgical celebration on the occasion of the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem.   This was held at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta and was presided by His Excellency Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta and Grand Prior of the Maltese Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

On this occasion, H.E. Archbishop Scicluna, having been appointed Regent of the Maltese Lieutenancy by the Order’s Grand Master following the untimely departure of the previous Lieutenant of the Order H.E. Eric Fenech Pace, also officiated the ‘passaggio di consegna’, thereby officially handing over the reigns to H.E. Kt. Gr. Off. Roberto Buontempo who was recently appointed as the 3rd Lieutenant of the Maltese Lieutenancy.

 

New Lieutenant Appointed

It is with immense pleasure that the EOHSJ Lieutenancy of Malta announces that His Eminence Cardinal Edwin O’Brien and the Grand Magisterium have approved the proposal made by our Regent and Grand Prior H.E. Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna KC*HS, to appoint His Excellency Roberto Buontempo KC*HS as the third Lieutenant of Maltese Lieutenancy.  His appointment is effective as of 1st January, 2019.

His Excellency Roberto Buontempo is a committed Christian, husband and father to one daughter. He has been a very active Chancellor within our Order representing our Lieutenancy at various functions both locally and overseas. Only last year he was also invited by our Regent to represent the Maltese Lieutenancy at the Consulta 2018. He is a Chartered Manager and holds professional fellowships with the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Supply Chain Management as well as the Royal Society of Arts, and has occupied the post of Director on a number of boards.  His Excellency has also just been appointed by our Archbishop to the position of Property Administrator for the Curia in Malta. 

As set forth in the order’s constitution, upon the appointment of a new Lieutenant, each member of the council yields office automatically.

The new council, constituted by the Lieutenant, and approved by the Grand Prior of the Lieutenancy & Presidency of the Grand Magisterium, is as follows:

 

Chancellor: Chev. Dr. Ruben Depasquale
Secretary:  Chev. Christopher Busuttil Delbridge
Treasurer: Chev. Frederick Schembri
Ecc. Master of Ceremonies:  Kt. Chaplain Fr. Anton Farrugia
Lay Master of Ceremonies:  Chev. Marino Egisto Paolucci
 

Councillors

(with duties of Vice Chancellor):      Comm. Ray Cassar
(with Advisory duties):                    Comm. Charles Mifsud
(With Gozo Affairs duties): Kt. Chaplain Fr. John Muscat

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2017 – A year to remember

On the 23rd of September, the Maltese Lieutenancy held an investiture of five new Knights and a Dame. Our members were, for the second time in two years, honoured by the presence of our Cardinal Grand Master Edwin Frederick O’Brien who presided over the investiture in the presence of the new Apostolic Nuncio for Malta, and the Grand Prior Emeritus Mgr. Paul Cremona, Archbishop Emeritus of Malta.

The Cardinal Grandmaster with the Apostolic Nuncio Monsignor Alessandro D’Errico

 

During the investiture, the Lieutenant, H.E. Eric Fenech Pace presented the Cardinal Grandmaster with a custom made red Mitre with gold embroidery baring the cross of the Order on the front and the coat of arms of the Cardinal Grandmaster on both back strips.

The Cardinal Grandmaster wearing the new Miter

The investiture ceremony was preceded by the Vigil which was held at the St Mary of Jesus Church (Ta’ Ġieżu) the official base of the Maltese Lieutenancy, on Friday 22nd September at 7.00pm, this was presided over by Archbishop of Malta and Grand Prior of the Maltese Lieutenancy H.E. Charles J. Scicluna. His Excellency the Lieutenant, Knight Grand Cross Eric Fenech Pace and Chancellor Commander Roberto Buontempo, would like to thank all those who were involved in this important event as well as to the foreign delegates from Eastern Spain, Begium, Sicily, Italy, Netherland and Ireland.

Investiture 2017 group photo

On Sunday 24th of September, the Cardinal Grandmaster was invited for lunch at the Lieutenant’s private residence together with the Council members of the Maltese Lieutenancy. During this event, His Eminence, donated his zucchetto (calotte) in exchange of the new one which came with the Mitre. A generous donation was presented by H.E. Eric Fenech Pace on behalf of the Lieutenancy of Malta to support the Holy Land.

 

Visit to the Holy Land – March 2017

The Maltese Lieutenant, H.E Eric Fenech Pace Kt.Gr.Off. and the Chancellor of the Lieutenancy, Comm. Roberto Buontempo KCHS paid a visit to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem on the 27 March 2017. The Vicar of Nazareth Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo welcomed the two members of the Order and presented the Pilgrim Shell conferred by the Latin Patriarch. The Pilgrim Shell is presented to all Knights of the Equestrian Oder of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem when they visit the Holy Land as pilgrims. This trip was part of the outreach programme which the Maltese Lieutenancy is currently undertaking.

Bishop Marcuzzo presenting the Pilgrim certificate to Roberto Buontempo, Chancellor - Lieutenancy of Malta

Bishop Marcuzzo presenting the Pilgrim certificate to Roberto Buontempo, Chancellor – Lieutenancy of Malta

H.E. Eric Fenech Pace, Lieutenant for Malta, H.E. the Vicar of Nazareth Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo and Roberto Buontempo, Chancellor - Lieutenancy of Malta: this picture was taken on the 27 March 2017 at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, to mark the presentation of the Pilgrim Shell by the Latin Patriarch.  This Shell is presented to this Knights of the Equestrian Oder of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, when they visit the Holy Land as pilgrims.

H.E. Eric Fenech Pace, Lieutenant for Malta, H.E. the Vicar of Nazareth Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo and Roberto Buontempo, Chancellor – Lieutenancy of Malta.

The Bishop Vicar of Nazareth, Mgr. Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo, presenting the Pilgrim certificate to H.E. Eric Fenech Pace, Lieutenant for Malta

The Bishop Vicar of Nazareth, Mgr. Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo, presenting the Pilgrim certificate to H.E. Eric Fenech Pace, Lieutenant for Malta

20th Anniversary celebrations of the Maltese Lieutenancy

The 14th of September 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Lieutenancy of Malta. This important date represents the continuous commitment and efforts of the Council and members who, for the last two decades, endeavored to secure a prosperous future for our lieutenancy.  As part of the celebrations, the Council organised a commemorative event on which shall involve a thanksgiving mass at St Ursola Church in Valletta followed by a dinner at the Corinthia Palace in Attard.

Archbishop Emeritus of Malta, and Grand Prior Emeritus of the Maltese Lieutenancy, Mgr. Paul Cremona O.P, celebrated the anniversary mass together with two of our ecclesiastical members – Rev. Mgr. Kt.Comm. Lawrence Mifsud and Rev. Fr. Kt. John Muscat. St. Ursola church was packed with members of the Order, families, friends and the choir of nuns of the Cloistered Monastery of St Ursula who kindly accepted to take part during this important holy mass.

Upon arrival at the dinner venue, H.E. the Lieutenant, Knight Grand Office Eric Fenech Pace delivered a memorable speech where he thanked his predecessor, the Lieutenant Emeritus Knight Grand Cross Victor Licari, the members of the Council, members of the Order, their families and friends who constantly support the Maltese Lieutenancy.

This event was also a great opportunity for new prospective members of the Order to meet the dignitaries of the Maltese Lieutenancy while experience the synergistic and respect evidently present among our members. The celebrations ended with the cutting of a anniversary cake by H.E. the Lieutenant which was specifically prepared for this occasion.

His Grace, Archbishop Emeritus of Malta, Mgr. Paul Cremona O.P celebrating the anniversary mass

His Grace, Archbishop Emeritus of Malta, Mgr. Paul Cremona O.P celebrating the anniversary mass

H.E. the Lieutenant Knight Grand Office Eric Fenech Pace (first from right)

H.E. the Lieutenant Knight Grand Office Eric Fenech Pace (first from right)

First reading by Chev. Dr. Ruben Depasquale

First reading by Chev. Dr. Ruben Depasquale

Second reading by H.E. the Lieutenant Emeritus KtGrCross Victor Licari

Second reading by H.E. the Lieutenant Emeritus KtGrCross Victor Licari

Rev. Fr. Kt John Muscat con-celebrating mass together with Mgr. Mifsud (on the left) and the Archbishop Emeritus

Rev. Fr. Kt John Muscat con-celebrating mass together with Rev. Mgr. Kt.Comm.  Lawrence  Mifsud (on the left) and the Archbishop Emeritus

Group Photo - Knights and Dames of the Maltese Lieutenancy

Group Photo – Knights and Dames of the Maltese Lieutenancy

Nuns of the cloistered monastery of St Ursola with the Archbishop Emeritus and the Lieutenants

Nuns of the cloistered monastery of St Ursola with the Archbishop Emeritus and the Lieutenants

H.E. the Lieutenant delivering a memorable speech before dinner

H.E. the Lieutenant delivering a memorable speech before dinner

Members of the Orders and some prospective members during dinner

Members of the Orders and some prospective members during dinner

H.E. the Lieutenant cutting the anniversary cake.

H.E. the Lieutenant cutting the anniversary cake.