Dear Friends, 
You will all be aware of the serious effects of the spread of the coronavirus throughout the world, and the efforts the UK Government is taking to contain this disease.  In these circumstances it would be highly irresponsible for the Grand Priory to adopt a “business as usual” approach. Accordingly, and with regret, the...


The Cumbria Commandery held its Annual Church Service of Celebration & Renewal of Knightly Vows on Saturday 7th March in the Parish Church of St Michael and All The Angels, Beetham.

The Service was led by our Commandery Chaplain, The Reverend Canon Andrew Horsfall ChLJ, and we welcomed as our preacher The Reverend Fr. Robin Nash OStJ, ChLJ, SSC, the Commandery Chaplain of our sister Commandery of Rose d’Or in Hampshire. During the service the organ accompaniment was played by Mr Charles Edmondson.

Members of the Cumbria Commandery were joined by members of their families...


The Governance Working Committee of the Order communicates with great sorrow and pain the passing away of Her Excellency Mrs. Cristina Elena de Borbón von Hardenberg, Dame Grand Cross of Justice of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, sister of the L Grand Master and daughter of the Grand Master Emeritus, His Excellency the Duke of Seville.

Cristina was 44 years old, she was devoted to the Order and participated in several activities and events in Marbella and Madrid. She was a brilliant student and entrepreneur who developed her own catering business....


On the evening of Saturday 4th January 2020, members of the Commandery of Wales joined the parishioners of the Russian Orthodox parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, at the University Church at Nazareth House/Newman Hall.  The Commandery of Wales and the Russian Orthodox parish share the facilities at Nazareth House generously provided by the Sisters of Nazareth and the Cardiff Oratorian community.

The evening began with the Moleben in Honour of the Walsingham Icon of the Mother of God being offered by Revd Hieromonk Mark Underwood, Rector of the parish, and his Deacon,...


Members of the Commandery of Wales took part in the Cardiff University Carol Service in the University Church, Nazareth House, on Monday 9th December 2019.  Fr Sebastian Jones SChLJ presided, Chevalier Dr David Woolf KCLJ (Commander) and Chevalier Anthony Jeremy KCLJ (Chancellor) read two of the lessons.  Half of the retiring collection was given to the Commandery to help support its annual medical student elective bursary programme.

A report of this event was published in ‘Catholic People’, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Cardiff, and may be viewed here.

King Offa Commandery attended the ‘Strictly Come Ballroom Gala 2019’, arranged by Lepra, which we work with and support. It took place on Saturday 21st December 2019 at The Regency Dance Centre in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. A fun evening during which the Order of St Lazarus presented a significant cheque to Lepra. Chevalier Peter Whalley KLJ, was one of the Judges. A lovely collaborative evening in the ongoing fight against the Leprosy.

Our day began with a friendly and relaxed sherry reception for everyone in the Church Hall.

St Wilfrid’s Church in Kirkby in Ashfield looked impressive with emblems of the Order of St Lazarus, as the Commandery of King Offa entered with the processional carol, ‘Once in Royal David’s city’. Our Organist, Confrere John Bullock was accompanied by Trumpeter, Mr Tony Wade, throughout the playing of the hymns and traditional carols.

Over seventy people, including representatives from the Leprosy Mission, Lepra and Nepal Leprosy Trust attended the Advent Service, led by our Senior...


On Advent Sunday, 1st December 2019, over 300 pairs of warm winter socks were donated for the Homeless Shelter at Emmanuel House in Nottingham during the Order of St Lazarus Advent Carol Service and the preceding Parish Eucharist at St Wilfrid’s Church in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Emmanuel House supports the most vulnerable citizens, and the socks will indeed help to make a real difference to homeless people.


It is with great sadness that the death is announced of Mr Cat, de facto Master of Newman Hall, Catholic Chaplaincy, Cardiff University.  Mr Cat was famous amongst the numerous visitors to the Chaplaincy for his rigorous teaching of the Catechism of the Church.  He was an honorary member of the Commandery of Wales of the Military & Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem and the Venerable Pelican Club, whose dinners he frequently attended to ensure that decency and good table manners were correctly exercised.  His last appearance was at the recent Aid to the Church in Need...


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