The Grand Commandery of the Castello is an ecumenical Christian jurisdiction of the Order of St Lazarus in Malta which has more than 80 members and is administratively managed by a Council of Officers. Council meets once per month and discusses the business of the Grand Commandery and its present and future charitable donations to those in need worldwide. Its primary focus is on alleviating the suffering from the scourge of Leprosy, but other worthwhile causes are also considered.
The Crest above incorporates, in the top left quadrant, the Armorial Bearings of the Grand Commandery of the Castello. These were awarded in 2012 and have been formally registered and entered in the Armorial Records of the Order of St Lazarus.
The Council Officers of the Grand Commandery are:
|The Commander||Chev Carmel Bonello|
|Chancellor (Events)||Confr Alex Azzopardi|
|Receiver General (Treasurer)||Confr Vincent Bonello|
|Hospitaller (Philanthropic)||Chev Paul Warren|
|Custodian of the Castello||Confr Perit Anton Valentino|
|Almoner||Consr Francesca Fonk|
|Marshal (Ceremonial)||Chev Simon Walker|
|Insignia Officer & Deputy Marshal||Confr John Navarro|
|International Secretary||Confr Ivan Fsadni|
|Scrivener (Secretary)||Confr David Roberts|
Raising money for philanthropic donations and also to manage the upkeep of the content and fabric of the Castello is an ongoing task spearheaded by the Commander and Chancellor of the Grand Commandery. From past experience, a very successful way of raising funds for charity is to run a programme of social events throughout the year. These events range from formal dinners, fun barbeques, buffet receptions, talks and presentations, wine tasting evenings and music recitals, all held in the beautiful surroundings of the Castello courtyard or in the Knight's Hall. The cost of each of these functions always has a percentage added which goes directly into the philanthropic fund. When a donation is allocated to a worthwhile charity, every effort is made to ensure that every single penny or cent goes directly to the cause concerned, without the huge administrative costs as is often the case with many other well known charitable organisations.
Have a look at our current Events programme (by clicking on "Events" above) to see what we are up to this year.
Other notable senior members of the Grand Commandery are:
His Excellency the Chev Gerry Maidens - Commander 2011-2015
During this period, the Grand Commandery has forged ahead both in its membership numbers, which are at their highest ever, but more importantly in its philanthropic activities.
An ambulance was donated to our favoured cause in India namely Women In Need (WIN) and a number of small houses were built in Amblo, Ethiopia, in which lepers are offering decent housing. “We are totally committed to helping those people who through no fault of their own have been inflicted with either a virus or disease which alters the whole course of their lives. They become outcasts in society and what can generally be only described as a ‘life in hell’. This is certainly true of many of the Third World countries and certainly those people suffering from leprosy which, despite being curable if caught in its early stages, unfortunately still carries the horrible stigma of the ‘Untouchables’.” As from August 2015, he holds the title of 'Keeper of the Castello and Privy Seal' of the Order. He is a member of the Grand Master's Grand Magisterial Council.
His Excellency the Chev Geoff Fosberry - Commander 2004-2011
Commander of the Grand Commandery for seven years, H.E. Cdr the Chev Geoff Fosberry handed over the reigns of the Grand Commandery to Chev Gerry Maidens in June 2011. For several years he was in the forefront of the Order’s affairs. He holds the title 'Grand Chancellor Emeritus' of the Order and was formerly the 'Keeper of the Castello and Privy Seal'. We are honoured that Chev Geoff Fosberry is a member of the Grand Commandery of the Castello, where his experience and advice are of great benefit.