Over 25 years ago, leading members of the Order concluded that corruption and inadequate governance were barriers to development and reducing the impact of foreign aid in many ‘third world’ countries; and also significantly reducing the benefits that local populations were receiving from the exploitation of natural resources. The Order's International Governance Initiative was established to address these and related issues such as reducing fraud and promoting responsible and ethical practices in business and Government. It has been headed since its formation by Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas...


The Commandery of Cumbria was privileged to host the Spring National Investiture of the Grand Priory in Carlisle on the 17-18 April. The heavens smiled upon us and we were treated to glorious weather on both Friday and Saturday.

The Vigil Service was held at Lanercost Priory, on Friday evening, conducted by the Chaplain-General, Colonel The Reverend Fr. Ian Evans SChLJ, MMLJ, SCF. Members were then taken to Naworth Castle, home of the illustrious Howard family. Here they were welcomed by the owner, Philip Howard, brother and heir presumptive oif the 13th Earl of Carlisle, who gave a...



The Commandery of Avalon hosted this year’s Southern Investiture in Exeter on the 25th October, and we were treated kindly by the weather when the Bailiff and members, headed by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Exeter, with The Hon. Miss Ann Widdecombe, DSG as an honoured guest, moved in procession from the Guildhall to the splendour of the Cathedral Quire. The service was conducted by the Commander of Avalon, the Reverend Louis Baycock, ECLJ, the address given by the Reverend Canon Brendan Clover ChLJ MMLJ, Senior Provost of Woodard Schools, the first lesson was read by the...


On the afternoon of 10 November, almost 70 members and guests from England and Wales gathered in the splendid surroundings of the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace of the House of Lords for tea with our new Grand Prior, the Marquis of Lothian.

Despite the gloomy weather outside, the atmosphere was animated, and the views across the Thames as...


At the Vigil Service prior to the National Investiture held on Friday 11th October at The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, London, the Flag of the Order was blessed by the Chaplain-General, and presented to Colonel the Chevalier Dr Glynn Evans, KLJ. Glynn took the flag to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, where it will...


In December, the Bailiff announced that the Grand Priory of England and Wales had identified, through its two charitiable bodies, two specific projects that we have promised to support. These are the Bankura Old People's home in West Bengal, which provides a safe home for 46 elderly people who are affected by leprosy, and the Rainbow Children's home at...


A Solemn Requiem Mass for the late Lord Ferrers was celebrated on Saturday 19th January, 2013, at 12.30pm in the Church of St Magnus the Martyr, Lower Thames Street, London, by kind permission of the Cardinal Rector, The Revd Fr Philip Warner.

The celebrant was The Revd Fr Paul Bagott ChLJ (Chaplain to the City of London Commandery), assisted...


The Grand Priory of England & Wales is delighted to announce that on 13th January 2013 Her Majesty The Queen was pleased to appoint The Revd Canon Jeremy Haselock EGCLJ, Bailiff Emeritus and Acting Spiritual Grand Prior of the Order, to be a Chaplain to Her Majesty in succession to the Reverend Canon Christopher Samuels.

Canon Haselock is...


The Grand Hospitaller, Dr Axel Mittelstaedt, writes with the following news about the leprosy project at Bhubaneswar Hospital in India, which was initiated during the Pilgrimage to Kevelaer:

As a key result of the first hospitaller meeting in Kevelaer in May 2012, the leprosy project for the clinic of Dr Rémy Rouselot in India has been successfully brought to fruition.

This joint project was only realized thanks to the prompt and unbureaucratic collaboration of the jurisdictions of England & Wales, Germany, the Hereditary Commandery of Villa Wallendorf and the Hilfswerk...


It is with great sadness that we must report the death of Baron St John of Fawsley GCLJ on Friday 2nd March 2012 at the age of 82. Lord St John joined our noble Order in 1974 and became Grand Bailiff of the Grand Bailiwick of England and Wales in 1999, continuing that title when the two obediences in England & Wales became united as The Grand Bailiwick...