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Grand Master


Cardinal Grand Master O'Brien

His Excellency Edwin O’Brien Motto: Pastores Dabo Vobis "I will give you shepherds" –Jeremiah 3:15.
Pope Benedict XVI on Monday 29th August 2011 named Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, 72, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
He succeeded Cardinal John Foley.  Archbishop O’Brien had served as Archbishop of Baltimore since October 1, 2007. Previously he had served as Grand Prior of the US Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy. He was elevated to the Sacred College in February 2012. He is a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and the Pontifical Council ''Cor Unum''

The Order enjoys the protection of the Holy See. The Vatican Secretariat of State, in the  name of the Supreme Pontiff, approves all appointments and admissions to the Order.

Interview with Cardinal O’Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

New evangelization in the Holy Land by L'Oss Romano 13 April 2012


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Faoud Twal Patriarch

Fouad Twal (born 23 October 1940 at Madaba, Jordan) is the Roman Catholic archbishop and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem since June 2008. He is pictured with Past Grand Master John Cardinal Foley.


He was ordained to the priesthood on 29 June 1966. After his ordination he was the vicar of Ramallah. In 1972 he entered the Pontifical Lateran University where he studied for a doctorate in canon law. He was awarded his doctorate in 1975. He was appointed the prelate of the territorial prelature of Tunis by Pope John Paul II on 30 May 1992. He was consecrated to the episcopate on 22 July later that year. In 1995, the territorial prelature was elevated to become the Diocese of Tunis, and Twal was made an archbishop ad personam. In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI named him the coadjutor archbishop of Jerusalem. He succeeded Michel Sabbah as the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem in 2008.

On 29 June 2008, Fouad Twal received the pallium at the hands of Pope Benedict XVI at a Mass in the Basilica of Saint Peter.

Grand Magistrium

The Government of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Grand Master:

His Excellency Edwin Cardinal O'Brien

Patriarch Grand Prior:

His Beatitude, Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem


His Excellency, Archbishop Giuseppe De Andrea

Grand Magistrium

Lieutenant General:

His Excellency Conte Prof. Giuseppe DALLA TORRE del TEMPIO di SANGUINETTO, Knight Grand Cross, Italy

Governor General:

H.E. Agostino Borromeo, Knight of the Collar

Vice Governors General:

H.E Patrick D Powers, Knight Grand Cross, USA

H.E. Girogio Moroni Stampa, Knight Grand Cross, Switzerland


Ivan Rebernick,  Slovenia, Knight


Rt. Rev. Msgr. Francis D. KELLY, Knight Commander


Prof. Bartholomew John McGetterick, Knight Grand Cross, Scotland

John Ralph, Knight Grand Cross, Melbourne

Dr. Christa von Siemens, Dame Grand Cross, Munich

Joseph E. Spinnato, Knight Grand Cross, New York

Dr. Pierre Blanchard, Knight Grand Cross, Italy

Joăo de Castro de Mendia Conde De Rezende, Knight Grand Cross, Portugal

Dr. Michael F. Whelan, Knight Grand Cross, England

Nob. Alberto Consoli Palermo Navarra, Knight Grand Cross, Italy

Thomas McKiernan, Knight Grand Cross, Cincinnati

John C Piunno, Knight Grand Cross, Washington

Bo Theutenberg, Knight Grand Officer, Sweden

 Philippe Plantade, Knight Grand Officer, France

Special Advisor: Pier Carlo Visconti, Italy

Council of the Irish Lieutenancy

Lieutenant: Peter Durnin
Grand Prior: His Excellency Séan Cardinal Brady, Knight Grand Cross
Chancellor: Thomas Lynch
Secretary: Ivan Healy 
Treasurer: Anthony Harbinson
Ecclesiastical Master of Ceremonies: Very Rev Francis Mitchell 
Lay Master of Ceremonies: Frank Hurl
Councillors: Judge Patrick Durcan,
Mairead Walls,
Rodney Leonard,
Gearoid Williams
Lieutenants of Honour: M Joseph McDonnell, Knight Grand Cross,
Nicholas McKenna,
Charles Kelly
Archivist: Vy. Rev. Feargal McGrady, Knight Commander