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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. 

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



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Mons. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, OFM  was born in Cologno al Serio (Bergamo) on 21 April 1965, son of Pietro and Maria Maddalena Tadini.

He received the Franciscan religious habit on September 5, 1984, in Ferrara (Santo Spirito) and spent the year of novitiate at the Franciscan Shrine of La Verna (Arezzo -Italy). He made his Solemn Profession on October 10, 1989, in the Church of St. Anthony in Bologna. On September 15, 1990, he was ordained priest in the cathedral church of Bologna, After spending one year in Rome, he was transferred to the Holy Land, in Jerusalem, in October 1990.

From July 2, 1999, he formally entered in service to the Custody of the Holy Land. Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa was Custos of the Holy Land for twelve years (05.05.2004 – 20.05.2016).

Archbishop Pizzaballa speaks Italian, Modern Hebrew and English.

Since 2008 he is a Consultor in the Commission for relations with Judaism of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Unity among Christians. The Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop Pizzaballa took place in September 2016, in Bergamo, Italy.

On May 31, 2017, Archbishop Pizzaballa was appointed member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches by the Holy Father Francis,

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:

Mons. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, OFM, Patriarchal Administrator 


 Archbishop Tommaso Caputo


Lieutenant General:

H.E. Agostino Borromeo, Knight of the Collar, Italy

Governor General:

H.E. . Conte Leonardo VISCONTI DI MODRONE,  Knight of the Collar, Italy

Vice Governors General:

H.E. P. Thomas POGGE, GCHS, North America

H.E   Jean-Pierre Marie de GLUTZ-RUCHTI, GCHS, Europe/ South Africa

H.E. Dr. Paul BARTLEY, GCHS, Australiasia

H.E. Enric MAS, GCHS, South America


H.E Alfredo BASTIANELLI, Italy

Ceremonial: Mons. Fortunato FREZZA, Italy



H.E. Maître Philippe PLANTADE, KC*HS, France

H.E. Mary Currivan O'BRIEN, GCHS, San Francicso

H.E. François t’KINT de ROODENBEKE, GCHS, Belgium

H.E. Flavio RONDININI, KC*HS, Italy 

H.E. John C Piunno, Knight Grand Cross, Washington

H.E. Saverio PETRILLO, GCHS, Italy

H.E. Nicholas McKenna, GCHS, Ireland  

H.E. Philippe Plantade, Knight Grand Officer, France

H.E. Leopoldo Torlonia, GCHS, Italy

H.E. Col. Dominique Neckebroek, GCHS, France

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, JCL 
Lay Master of Ceremonies: Frank Hurl
Councillors: Dr Stephen Dorgan,
Mairead Walls, Logistics
Rodney Leonard, Press and Media
Gearoid Williams
Lieutenants of Honour: M Joseph McDonnell, Knight Grand Cross,
Nicholas McKenna,
Charles Kelly
Archivist: Vy. Rev. Feargal McGrady, Knight Commander