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Sunday, February 18, 2007

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Order of St Lazarus international investiture

The latest international investiture of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem (Malta Obedience), recently organised and hosted by the Grand Priory of the Maltese Islands, was both a solemn event and a grand feast for old and new members of the Grand Priory, their overseas confreres and consoeurs, families and guests. There were other activities during the week, including meetings of the Supreme Council presided over by the Grand Chancellor. The investiture, held at the University chapel at Tal-Qroqq, was presided over by Grand Chancellor, Chevalier Dr Friedrich Schubert, GCLJ, flanked by Grand Prior Chev. Dr Joseph R. Pace, LL.D., GCLJ. Dame Helen Meli Attard, DGCLJ, Grand Custodian of the Order, and other members of the council also actively participated, as did the members of the Maltese Grand Priory Council. Among these were Chancellor Chev. Tony Cutajar, Marshal Lt. Col. Chev. J. Spiteri Audibert, Commander (Gozo) Chev. Paul Banavage, Custodian of insignia Dr Ray Gatt, and Sword-bearer Godfrey Sammut. Field Marshal Chev. David Zammit, leader of the liaison group Special Rescue Corps - St Lazarus Corps, inspected the guard of honour, accompanying the Grand Chancellor. Holy Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr Thomas Moore, OFM Conv., long-time prelate of the Maltese Grand Priory. The Step by Step Foundation, an affiliate of the Grand Priory, was represented by Kenneth Caruana Cremona, OLJ. A delegation from the Hospitallers of St Lazarus (Commandery of the Mediterranean), led by their Chancellor Dr Massimo Ellul, was also present. The ceremonial procession and Mass were accompanied by organ music and hymns of the Pembroke church choir, led by Fiona Grech. The international investiture ceremony was preceded by the blessing of the insignia. The new admissions were Dr Patricia Duvivier, Joseph Francis Falzon, Anthony Fenech, Francis Galea, Lieutenant Christian Karl Johann Goldschwend, Roderick Kurt Grech, Magistrate Heinrich-Horst Hellweg, Dr John Mamo, Reginald Joseph Meli Attard, Corporal David Mercieca, Raymond Mifsud and Jean Philippe Secordel-Martin.

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Promotions to higher ranks were granted to Major Carmelo A. Mangion and Major Duncan Triganza as officers (OLJ), confrere Joseph Griscti as Commander Second Class (CLJ), and Lady Commanders Mariuccia Micallef Grimaud, MQR, and Solveig Lagerholm as Dames of Grace (DLJ). confrere Olivier Yves Jean Nicol Collin, Brigadier Professor Charles Savona Ventura, MD, Commander Dr Eric Van Oppen De Guinigi and Field Marshal David John Zammit were raised to the rank of knights (KLJ). The merit award was given to Magistrate Oliver Arthur Prenn as member of merit; Lieutenant Georg K. Seifert (Webmaster) and Lt Colonel Chev. Joseph M. Spiteri Audibert (marshal) were awarded the bronze cross of merit. The Silver Cross of Merit Award went to Chevalier Michael Ciavola, Prior of the Maltese Grand Priory and general administrator of these events. A gala dinner at the Portomaso Hilton banqueting hall followed. The venue was splendidly decorated for the occasion and buzzing with more than 100 participants. The eight-piece Joe Brown band entertained the guests. Well-known mezzo-soprano Marie Therese Vassallo, herself a member of the Maltese Grand Priory, enhanced the event with songs. The night before, Ms Vassallo's Dance Studio had given a highly applauded evening of music and dance with an international repertoire before a lively dinner at Ir-Razzett l-Antik. A speech of thanks and motivation for the future was made by Dr Pace, who is also Grand Legal-General of the Order. Dame Helen Meli Attard, DGCLJ, Grand Custodian on the Supreme Council, expressed her respects to her deceased father, the Grand Vicar and past Grand Chancellor of the Order, Chevalier Reginald S. Attard. This was endorsed by the guests with a one-minute silence proposed by the Grand Chancellor. Chevalier Attard was internationally known and respected by all echelons in the order worldwide. The Grand Chancellor's speech was also very well received. During these proceedings, Dr Pace presented courtesy copies of the book The Hospitaller Knights of St Lazarus, written by Professor Savona-Ventura and recently published by the Maltese Grand Priory, to Dr F. Schubert, Dame Helen Meli Attard, and Chev. Vittorio Galoppini. Dame Liliana Attard, DGCLJ, widow of Chev. Attard, was presented with a copy in absentia. Dr Pace also handed cash donations to the Voice Studio and the Special Rescue Group - St Lazarus Corps. A joyful surprise occurred when Chev. P. Banavage, on behalf of the Gozo Commandery, called up Chev. David Zammit to receive the keys of an ambulance for the Special Rescue Group, on condition that it carried the words 'In Memory of Vincent Bugeja' on one side and the words 'Donated by the Gozo Commandery - St Lazarus Order, Malta', on the other. The overseas delegations came from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland, and Sweden.

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The Supreme Council meetings were chaired by the Grand Chancellor, Chev. Dr Friedrich Schubert. Several important decisions were taken, some of which appear on the Order's International Website

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