GRAND MASTER and SPIRTUAL PROTECTOR
Christmas Message 2011 "open your hearts in a world that has drifted apart from the Lord""
The Grandmaster Don Carlos Gereda, Marquis de Almazán and our Spiritual Protector His Betitude Patriarch Gregorios III on the occasion of Christmas have written to wish all members of the Order all possible happiness in this festive season. Contemplating the Nativity of Our Lord in Bethlehem, the Grand Master urges us to open our hearts to Hope. On that first Christmas night, Christ became one of us to be our companion through various paths of history.
Christmas should encourage us to strive for more solidarity among families, nations and mankind. Hope in a world that has drifted apart from the Lord.
In his Christmas message, the Grand Master reminds us that we must be messengers of the great news of the birth of the Redeemer. We live in terrible times, nevertheless we must fulfil the destiny for which we were created: service to our neighbours and helpers to those in need.
The full text of the Grand Masters Christmas Message 2011 (EN) is additional available as PDF-file in French (FR) - The full text of the Patriarchs Christmas Massage (EN) is also for download in German version (DE).
Remembrance Sunday Service
On Remembrance Sunday, 13th November, The Grand Priory of Ireland was represented by the grand prior of Ireland, H.E. Chevalier Bernard Barton, GCLJ SC, at the annual remembrance sunday memorial service at St Patricks Cathedral, Dublin. Also in attendance was the President of Ireland, Mr Michael D Higgins.
Death of His Royal Highness Otto of Austria
The Grand Priory of Ireland was saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness Archduke Otto of Austria who passed away on 5th July. The Gran Prior and members join with the Grand Master in sending our condolences to the Archduke's family. Archduke Otto was the Protector of the Grand Priory of Austria. Further information can be found here
Bishop of Cork Welcomes National Chapter General of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem to Cork
Members of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem will attend Evensong at Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, at the invitation of the Bishop, the Right Reverend Paul Colton, on Saturday next 25th June at 6 p.m. The occasion is the visit to Cork by members of the Order for the meeting of their National Chapter General, led by and presided over by the Grand Prior of Ireland, Chevalier Bernard Barton, GCLJ.
Bishop Colton, will give members a guided tour of the Cathedral, one of Cork’s premier and historic landmarks, and Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Choir, will follow at 6 p.m.
Afterwards, Bishop Paul Colton and Mrs Susan Colton are hosting a garden party and dinner at the Bishop’s Palace to mark the occasion.
Members of the Order will attend local churches, including St Fin Barre’s, on Sunday morning 26th following which the Annual General Meeting will be held.
Order of St. Lazarus Donates €12,000 to Rape Crisis Centre
Arising from a number of fundraising activities the Order raised in excess of €12000 which was recently donated to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre which was chosen by members of the Order as one of two beneficiary charities for 2010/11. Accepting the donation on behalf of DRCC Ms. Annie Gallagher said that the money was greatly appreciated at a time when it was getting harder to raise funds despite increased numbers using the service. The donation from the Order of St. Lazarus will be used to provide a national helpline.
Irish Fashion Exposure Spring - Summer 2011
Donates €15000 to Order of St. Lazarus
The Order of St. Lazarus was grateful to receive a donation of €15000 from Ms. Fiona Foy-Holland and Ms. Aisling Kilduff the organisers of Irish Fashion Exposure 2011, an annual charity event held at the St. Stephen’s Green Club in Dublin. This is the second year that the event’s organisers have nominated the Order’s as its beneficiary. The funds will be used for the Order’s 2011 charities Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Leprosy Mission.