At a fundraising lecture and dinner on Saturday 19th October 2019 for 50 members of the Commandery of Wales and their guests £5,000 was raised for the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Syrian Christian refugee appeal.  This second annual ACN event was again co-hosted by Chevalier Dr David A. Woolf KCLJ, Commander of Wales, and the Very Revd Dr Sebastian Jones Cong Orat, SChLJ, Moderator of the Cardiff Oratory-in-Formation.  ACN have published a press release detailing this event

‘They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.  At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them”.  Those few words used on Remembrance Sunday, 10th November 2019, at services up and down the land are so familiar, yet always said with reverence and solemnity, as Britain and the Commonwealth pay their respects to the fallen of two World Wars and other armed conflicts since.


The Autumn National Investiture of the Grand Priory of England and Wales was held at The Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, Nottingham on Saturday 26th October 2019.  Undaunted by the wet weather, members and guests travelled from far and wide to join the celebrations.

The Grand Prior of England and Wales, The Most Honourable the Marquess of Lothian PC GCLJ QC DL was the Investing Officer, assisted by the Bailiff, H.E. The Chevalier Charles Holloway GCLJ, KMLJ.  With members, visitors and guests in attendance, the Grand Prior, the Bailiff, clergy, Members of Grand Priory and...


During Pontifical Mass earlier this morning in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Pope Francis canonised Cardinal John Henry Newman.  Many Oratorian fathers and brothers from Oratories around the world witnessed St John Henry Newman, founder of the Oratorian movement in the UK, being raised to the altars.  Two members of the Commandery of Wales, Bro Ambrose MMLJ and Fr Alexander MMLJ, were present to represent both the Cardiff Oratory and our Commandery.


To raise public awareness of the Order of St Lazarus,a display by the Commandery of King Offa formed part of an open day at St Wilfrid’s Church in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire by kind invitation of the Revd Kevin Charles, ChLJ who is Commandery Chaplain. This explained the Order of St Lazarus, its history and work around the world today. The many visitors enjoyed learning about the Order and members were present to chat and answer questions

This event was part of the oneLIFE mission which aims to reach out into all areas of the community to engage with people who do not...


Inspired by a pre-pilgrimage message written by our Joint Commandery Chaplain, Canon Brendan Clover SChLJ, on Friday 9th August thirteen members of the Commandery of Wales travelled 250 miles across the country to north Norfolk for a weekend pilgrimage at the ancient Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.  Three of the group were Walsingham neophytes.  A pilgrimage station was made at the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in King’s Lynn.  Established in 1897 by Pope Leo XII, in a replica of the Holy House of Loreta, this is the first shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham that was...


Mrs Anita Barker, Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, was just one of the guests who attended our Annual Service of Celebration & Renewal of Knightly Vows on a beautiful summer’s day in July in the new venue for King Offa of St Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham, which has been a place of praise and worship for over 175 years.

The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham and was designed and built under renowned architect, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, who also designed the interior of the Houses of Parliament in London. The foundation stone was...

The Commandery of Wales of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem gathered for Anglican BCP Evensong at the 6th century church of St Denys, Lisvane, on the outskirts of Cardiff.  The Joint Commandery Chaplain (Anglican), the Revd Canon Brendan Clover SChLJ, officiated.  The Very Revd Dr Sebastian Jones Cong Orat SChLJ, Joint Commandery Chaplain (Catholic), preached a most amusing homily. 
Our Bailiff, HE the Chevalier Charles Holloway GCLJ, was delighted to be invited to the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Thursday 16 May, when he presented the hospital with a cheque for £1,000 on behalf of the St Lazarus Charitable Trust.

Chelsea Pensioner Roy Palmer presented the Bailiff with a splendid certificate recording the Grand Priory’s status as the Royal Hospital’s latest...


The wonderful sunshine certainly enhanced the King Offa Commemoration Walk in the beautiful surroundings of Locko Park in Derbyshire, to the site of the former medieval Leprosarium and Preceptory, established there in the 13th Century by the Order of St Lazarus. 

The site was moated and came with associated outbuildings, fishponds, and a spring, known as St Ann’s Well.  Members and friends who joined in the walk were able to view a stone under which there are still signs of a well, by the side of the field, which has never been mowed, and is only visited by ruminating cows, and very...