Welcome to the web site of the Grand Commandery of the Castello, Malta GC. The Grand Commandery is one of two recognised jurisdictions of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem which are active in Malta. In 1973, Castello Ta' Lanzun was formally opened by the then Grand Master of the Order, His Excellency Don Francisco de Borbón y Borbón, as the official Worldwide Headquarters of the Order of St Lazarus. In 2001, his son the 48th Grand Master, His Highness Don Francisco de Borbón y Escasany, Duke of Seville, took over the leadership of the then called "Commandery of the Castello". His Highness Don Francisco was succeeded in September 2008 by the present Grand Master, His Excellency Don Carlos Gereda de Borbón, Marquis of Almazán.
Castello Ta’ Lanzun not only houses the Headquarters of the Order but is also formally the home of the now named "Grand Commandery of the Castello". We are honoured that H.E. Don Carlos is not only the Grand Master of the Order of St Lazarus but also the Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of the Castello, Malta.
A Message from the Commander
As the Grand Commander lives in Spain, his deputy in Malta at the Grand Commandery is the Commander, Chev Carmel Bonello. Here are a few words of welcome from him:
"On behalf of Council and Members of our Grand Commandery, based in Malta, welcome to our website. Our most important charitable function is raising funds which are donated to organisations working with lepers in Third World Countries. Our distinctive characteristics include the fact that our Members, although they are resident in Malta, hail from a number of countries, and come together from different Christian denominations – all with the sole purpose of helping our leper brothers and sisters. Our ecumenical and multi-national jurisdiction is expanding so if you find the information on this website useful and informative, kindly contact us."
The Spiritual Protector of the Order
Following an old tradition of the more than 900-years old Order of Knighthood, founded in Jerusalem to take care of lepers in the Hospital of St. Lazarus, Patriarch Gregory III Laham is the Spiritual Protector of the international ecumenical Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, as were his predecessors Maximos IV and Maximos V. For a more detailed description of our Spiritual Protector, please visit the "Structure" section of the Order's International website.