Grand Master

Card. Fernando Filoni

H.E. Fernando Cardinal Filoni was born on 15 April 1946 in Manduria, Italy.

He was ordained a priest on 3 July 1970 and holds doctorates in philosophy and in canon law. He also holds a diploma in public opinion sciences and techniques, specializing in journalism. While in Rome, he served as assistant pastor and taught in local high schools.

In 1981, he entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See and served in Sri Lanka, Iran and Brazil. In 1992, he was sent to the Philippines, but with residence in Hong Kong, where the Holy See had opened a Mission of Study to follow the situation of the church in China in a moment of social and religious changes.

On 17 January 2001, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Iraq and in Jordan. He received episcopal ordination on 19 March 2001. He stayed at his post until March 2006 when he was transferred to the Philippines.

On 9 June 2007 he was appointed Substitute of the Secretariat of State. On 10 May 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.  He was appointed Cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of 18 February 2012. He chose as his episcopal motto Lumen Gentium Christus. "Christ, Light of the nations". 

Member of:

  • Congregations: for the Doctrine of the Faith, for the Oriental Churches, for Catholic Education; for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life;
  • Pontifical Councils: for Inter-religious Dialogue; for Legislative Texts.

 In 2008, he was awarded a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. The Holy Father appointed him Grand Master of the Order on 8 December, 2019.


Faoud Twal Patriarch

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. On May 31, 2017, Archbishop Pizzaballa was appointed member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches by the Holy Father Francis The Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop Pizzaballa took place in September 2016, in Bergamo, Italy.

He was appointed Patriarch of Jerusalem on 24th. October, 2020.

Grand Magistrium

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

Grand Master:

His Excellency Fernando Cardinal Filoni 

Patriarch Grand Prior:

His Beatitude  Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, OFM,


 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, Australasia

H.E. Eric MAS, GCHS, South America


H.E Alfredo BASTIANELLI, Italy

Treasurer H.E. Saverio PETRILLO, GCHS, Italy

Ceremonial: Mons. Fortunato FREZZA, Italy


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

H.E. Flavio RONDININI, KC*HS, Italy 

H.E. Nicholas McKenna, GCHS, Ireland  

H.E. Leopoldo Torlonia, GCHS, Italy

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

H.E. Prof. Vincenzo BUONOMO, GCHS, Italy

H.E. Michael Scott FEELEY, GCHS, United States

H.E. Prince Mariano Hugo WINDISCH-GRAETZ, GCHS, Italy

H.E. Prof. Helene LUND, DGCHS, Norway


Council of the Irish Lieutenancy

Lieutenant: Peter Durnin
Grand Prior: His Excellency Seán Cardinal Brady, Knight Grand Cross
Chancellor: Gearóid Williams
Secretary: Mark Kane
Treasurer: Anthony Harbinson
Lay Master of Ceremonies: Raphael Kelly
Councillors: Dr Stephen Dorgan, with responsibility for planning
Mairéad Walls, with responsibility for Logistics
Thomas Kilduff, with responsibility for Press and Media
Lieutenants of Honour: M Joseph McDonnell
Nicholas McKenna
Charles Kelly
Novice Master: Comdt RF Hearns, Grand Officer
Archivist: Vy. Rev. Feargal MacGrady, Knight Commander
Pilgrimages Director Dr Frank Hurl, with additional responsibilities for Heraldry

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