Past Grand Masters
In 1496, Pope Alexander VI created the office of Grand Master of the Order, and the office was vested in the papacy. The office of Grand Master remained vested in the papacy until 1949. Since that time, the following cardinals have held the office:
Cardinal Grand Master O'Brien
His Excellency Edwin O’Brien Motto: Pastores Dabo Vobis "I will give you shepherds" –Jeremiah 3:15.
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