Great Priory of Malta 2020

Address by the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master

My dear fellow Brother Knights, when I addressed you in May, I remember expressing my hope that we would be able to meet this November, as a Chapter of Great Priory, in the normal manner at Freemasons Hall. Sadly, my wish has not materialised and I therefore felt it appropriate, on this very special day in our Great Priory calendar, to use this platform to communicate with our Brother Knights throughout the Constitution. First, I do trust that you, your families and loved ones, have all managed to stay safe and well over the past six months, and I do thank you for the loyalty shown to your various Preceptories and the encouragement you have given to your fellow Brother Knights. It has undoubtedly been, and continues to be, a difficult time for us all, but as someone once said to me, ‘It can’t rain forever’, and I know that we will remain true to the Order and firm in our Faith until we eventually emerged from this dark episode.

Today is again one of celebration for those Brother Knights receiving appointments and promotions and it would have been my privilege to invest you personally with your new ranks. I do offer you my warmest and sincere congratulations, I know how hard you work in your Priories and Provinces to ensure that the Malta Ceremony is always executed to the highest possible standard, thus leaving our Candidates with a lasting memory and an encouragement to strive to attain to similar excellence.

We have been custodians of the Malta Ritual, virtually unchanged since 1863, when at a Grand Conclave meeting in May that year, The Grand Master, William Stuart, sanctioned the Ritual and recommended that it be adopted by all Priories. Seven years later, in 1870, HRH The Prince of Wales witnessed the Ceremony and it was at that meeting he expressed an interest in the Order, the rest, as they say, is history.

I have no doubt that we would have been thrilled once more today with another superb and memorable Malta Ceremony. On that note, I know you will be delighted to learn that I am re-appointing Very Eminent Knight Jonathan Charles Whitaker as the Great Prior of Malta and Very Eminent Knight Stephen John Warwick as the Great Sub-Prior. Let’s look forward with optimism to seeing them both doing what they do so very well at this meeting next year.

Although we are prohibited from meeting today, nevertheless the wheels of Great Priory, and indeed, all the Mark Masons Hall Orders, have been turning much the same as ever and we owe the Great Vice-Chancellor and the staff at the Chancery our heartfelt thanks for continuing the work ensuring that the Order is functioning and, most importantly, will be there for us, as we would wish, when these troubled times are behind us. Of course, the one thing that is always with us is our on-going commitment to the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group and I do want to thank all those Preceptories and Provinces who have continued to send their regular donations despite not having met for some time. Many of you have also qualified for the Swift lapel pin which is the symbol of our 20 4 2020 appeal. I am so personally grateful to you for supporting this venture which would obviously have been much further advanced had circumstances been different.

The association between Great Priory and the Hospital was established well over 100 years ago in the time when the Duke of Connaught was our Grand Master and also the Grand Prior of the Order of St John. Since then we have evolved into one of the Hospital’s Principal benefactors and as such have accepted a responsibility to fund certain aspects of their organisation. Our annual contribution pays for a Consultant and his or her staff in the running of one of the departments at the Jerusalem centre. The Great Vice-Chancellor and I have visited all but one of the Hospitals in the Group and witness their work first-hand and only then could anyone appreciate the extremely difficult conditions they have to work under. Please stay with until the end of this address and I’ll show you some very recent pictures of the Children’s Ward at Jerusalem which your donations have completely funded. The purpose of the 20 4 2020 appeal is directed at funding what they call their ‘Outreach’ programme which we have committed to for three years. This will enable a team of doctors and nurses to travel in a vehicle, fitted with the necessary medical equipment, to places where the local people are unable for one reason or another to get to one of the Hospitals to receive the treatment they so desperately need. Eye disease and sight loss have always been huge problems in that area and nearly 140,000 patients are treated each year with an outstanding success rate.

If you haven’t already done so, all you have to do is donate £20.00 which, if you happen to be a UK tax-payer will become £25.00 and for which, in recognition, Great Priory will send you this pin. If you would like to take part in this venture just go on to the Mark Masons Hall Website , go to Orders and click on KT, scroll down and you will find the necessary forms and information to donate the £20.00 which, believe me, will be gratefully received and faithfully applied. The pins are being despatch as we speak by the team on the 4th Floor.

Before closing, I want to pay tribute to the amazing work our Provincial Priors are doing throughout the world. They really are the heroes in our present situation. I must welcome to that distinguished group, Right Eminent Knight Richard Micklefield, who took charge of the Province of Dorset and Wiltshire on June 6th and who I know will serve with great distinction for the Order. Please Brother Knights, give your Provincial Priors all the support and loyalty they deserve, this we will ensure that our Preceptories will remain in first class condition and ready for that magical moment when we can return to our labours as Brother Knights, we certainly have busy and exciting times to look forward to. Remember, as you always do, our Christmas Day Observance at 5.00 pm which I’m sure this year will hold a very special significance for us all.

We normally finish our November Great Priory with the singing of the Hymn, Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, chiefly because it was Harold Devereux Still’s favourite, but I thought on this occasion we would reflect on the words of a favourite of mine which remind us that the path of life is seldom an easy one, and, as we have found out in recent months, requires the courage and determination which only our faith in the Great Captain of our Salvation can provide. You might also consider using the verses of this Hymn as an accompaniment to your 20 second hand washing, they work perfectly. It’s Father, hear the prayer we offer.

Grand Master's Address 2019

Address of the Grand Master
M.E. & S.Kt. Paul Clement, G.C.M.
Great Priory
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Brother Knights, I remember clearly, last year, sitting in this chair, watching and listening to the Installation of a Knight of Malta, and thinking, what a magical Ceremony it can be when conducted in such fine fashion. I feel exactly the same now, and my first impulse is to congratulate and thank the Great Prior and all his Officers for the inspiring ritual with which they have just regaled us. I do hope that Knight Martin Hawley enjoyed the experience as much as I know we did.

It’s certainly been a special and memorable day for R.E. Knights Michael Banbury and Raymond Smith and I know you would all want to join me in wishing them well on attaining this promotion in the Order. The honour of dignity of a Knight Commander is strictly limited in number by our concordat with our sister Great Priories of Ireland and Scotland and this, I am sure, will make it even more special for our two Brother Knights.

Today also sees the Investiture of those Brother Knights who received their Templar appointments and promotions in May and I am confident that their new Malta Ranks will be an inspiration to all of them to work equally as hard for the Order of Malta, especially after the splendid Ceremonial today. One of the challenges facing us all is recruitment of new members. In this Order, that can only mean stepping up our continuing commitment to the Craft and the Royal Arch. We must never lose sight of the fact that our success, or lack of success depends on the prosperity of the Royal Arch in particular.

The Maltese Cross is still probably one of the most recognisable symbols of the modern age and is particularly relevant to us as Brother Knights of the United Orders as it reminds us of our association with the Order of St John and more especially the Eye Hospital at Jerusalem. This bond goes back well over 100 years and was initiated by HRH The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn when he was our Grand Master and the Grand Prior of the Order of St John. The funds, exclusively provided by you, our Brother Knights, have enabled us to lend vital support to the Hospital Group to carry out their work, and most of you will remember me handing over a cheque for £250,000 at this meeting last year for the refurbishment of the Paediatric Ward, a project which is still in progress at the moment. We have now agreed to support their Outreach Programme, which takes medical treatment and even surgery out to those people in places where for a number of reasons, mostly political, they would not be able to be treated. We have committed ourselves to giving a further £100, 000 annually for the next three years which will assist in keeping this extremely valuable service on the road at a time when International politics have had a serious adverse effect on funding thus putting the whole programme in jeopardy. We are all conscious of the huge efforts that Provinces, Preceptories and Individuals are making in their continued support of the Hospital and so to aid this additional funding we are going to launch a 20 for 20 20 appeal early in the New Year and will be asking those who are able, to make a ‘one off’ donation of £20.00 for which we will all receive a Swift Lapel badge and if enough of us participate, we will have the necessary level of funding covered.

We are particularly fortunate this year to have representations from our Sister Great Priories with us, something we don’t always enjoy at this November meeting. I now want to welcome all our distinguished guests and as usual would ask that you retain your enthusiastic applause until I have completed the list.

Great Priory of Ireland

M.E. and S.G.M. Robert Quigley, G.C.M.

V.H. & R.E. Great Seneschal Michael Costello

Great Priory of France

E.Kt. Ronald Barham

E.Kt. Alan Guest

Great Priory of Netherlands

M.E. & S.G.M. Loek Captijn, G.C.M.

R.E.Kt. Antonie van Aartsen, K.C.M.


Brother Knights of our own Constitution overseas

Province of South East Asia

E.Kt. Karl Nikolai Nadrianov, P.Gt. Turc.

E.Kt. Andre Ravindran Arul, (Recipient) P.Gt.Turc.

E.Kt. Capt. Julian Christopher Patrick Brown

E.Kt. Dr Boo Khean Khoo,

Kt. Robert George Hoyes-Cock

Carantania Preceptory No. 683 - Slovenia

E.Kt. Franc Zupanic - Recipient Past Great Baillie

E.Kt. George Edgar Birchall

Kt. David George Hiscock

Kt. Primoz Peterca

Iyanola Preceptory No. 588 – St Lucia

E.Kt. LLewellyn Gill - Recipient Past Great First Lieutenant

UK resident in Germany E.Kt. Hugo Rietveld, P.Gt.Baillie


Representing the other Masonic Orders today are

R.E.Kt. Michael Edward Herbert, G.C.M. Grand Master, Knights Beneficent of the Holy City

R.E.Kt. Graham Leslie Flight, K.C.M. Grand Sovereign Red Cross of Constantine

R.E.Kt. Kessick John Jones, K.C.M. Grand Master of the Order of Royal and Select Masters

R.E.Kt. Thomas Firth Jackson, K.C.M. Grand Master of the Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees

R.E.Kt. Andrew Christopher Sweeney, K.C.M. Grand Supreme Ruler of the Order of the Secret Monitor

R.E.Kt. Christopher Gavin Maiden, K.C.M. Grand High Priest of The Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and Order of Holy Wisdom

R.E.Kt. Raymond John Smith, K.C.M. Pro Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

E.Kt. Ian Stanley Currans, P.Gt.2nd Lt. Grand Summus, Order of the Scarlet Cord

Two Members of the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Rite, E.Kt.Guy Elgood and E.Kt. Dr.Giles Shilson, both of whom received ranks today.

E.Kt. Anthony William Llewellyn, P.Gt.Baillie Supreme Magus of the Societas Rosicruciana In Anglia

E.Kt. Nigel Allan Willows First Grand Master Mason of the Worshipful Society of Operative Free Masons.


I think you’ll agree Brother Knights, a most impressive list, so let’s show our appreciation in the usual manner.

As we draw to a close let us all offer our thanks to those here at Freemasons’ Hall who have again made us feel welcome and done all in their power to ensure the smooth running of this event, to the Great Vice-Chancellor and those at the Chancery and to the Great Mareschal and his team, all of whom work so hard to make this day so very special and memorable for us all. You will have noticed that I have left the Grand Master’s Body Guard until last. This is because that in thanking them for their usual exemplary performance given today, I want to wish them well in the formation of their own Preceptory which it will give me immense pleasure to Consecrate of the day before our next meeting of Great Priory in May. They are very much hoping that some Brother Knights will be able to support them at the Ceremony and lunch that will follow, and the proposed timings are 11.00 am for the Consecration and lunch at 1.00 pm, and this will be at Mark Masons’ Hall. The Mark Masons’ Hall website, and our new weekly newsletter ‘Freemasonry@86’, which I do recommend you look at, will keep us all updated as things progress.

I am also pleased to welcome the Registrar of the Bodyguard, Richard Bedells.

Brother Knights, we are fast approaching Advent and it is my wish that you, your families and loved ones enjoy all the Blessings of the Christmas Season and remember, as always, our Brother Knights throughout the world, wherever you may be at 5pm on Christmas Day. At the same time, let us remain ever grateful for the freedom we enjoy to practise and witness our Faith without fear of persecution.

Let us hope and pray that we may enjoy that privilege until time with us shall be no more.

Grand Master's Address 2018

Address of the Grand Master
M.E. & S.Kt. Paul Clement, G.C.M.
Great Priory
Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Brother Knights, we are fast approaching the conclusion of what, I hope for all of you, has been a most happy and memorable Great Priory meeting. I shall certainly reflect on today with fond memories of one of the finest Installations of a Knight of Malta I have ever witnessed and I do thank and congratulate the Great Prior of Malta and those Great Officers who supported him so admirably, making this a very special occasion for us all and, I am certain, for our Candidate, Brother Knight Martin Kozelj of the Carantania Preceptory and Priory in Slovenia, and, at this juncture, I would like to offer a warm welcome to our two other Brother Knights from the Carantania Preceptory and Priory who have come to support Knight Martin.

It has also been an enormous privilege to invest so many Brother Knights with their well-earned Malta Ranks. I do hope that this will lead you to be further inspired to promote the Order of Malta in your Provinces and Priories and make every Malta Ceremony a special event for the Candidates, just as it was intended to be.

We all, I am sure, would wish to offer our congratulations to our two newly invested Knights Commander, R.E.Kt. Paul Grafton and R.E.Kt. Tim Wheeler. Your new dignity will be well received by all Brother Knights and we wish you both every happiness for the future and many years of service in your new ranks.

It’s not every year, at this November Great Priory, that we are blessed with guests from Sister Great Priories and Overseas Constitutions, but this year we are doubly blessed to have with us, our good friend,

R.E.Kt. Dominique Madej, the Great Prior of Malta of the Great Priory of France, accompanied by

E.Kt. Ronald Barham, P.Gt.Mar. E.Kt. Alan Guest of the Province of Guyenne.


M.E.Kt. Bogdan Atanasiu, the Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Freemasons of Romania, who is with us for the first time. A very warm fraternal welcome to you both.

From within our own Constitution, we enjoy the support of many Heads of Other Masonic Orders, all of whom do so much for Knight Templar Masonry in their own right.

We are delighted to have with us

R.E.Kt. Graham Leslie Flight K.C.M., Grand Sovereign of the Grand Conclave of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine

R.E.Kt.Kessick John Jones K.C.M., Grand Master of the Grand Council of the Order of Royal and Select Masters.

R.E.Kt.Andrew Christopher Sweeney K.C.M., Grand Supreme Ruler of the Grand Conclave of the Order of the Secret Monitor.

R.E.Kt. John Roger Paternoster K.C.M., Supreme Magus of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia.

V.E.Kt.Christopher Gavin Maiden P.Gt.Capt-General, Grand High Priest of the Grand College of Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and Order of Holy Wisdom.

E.Kt. Ian Stanley Currans P.Gt.2nd Lieut., Grand Summus of the Grand Senatus of the Order of the Scarlet Cord.

Now let’s show our appreciation to these distinguished Knights.  

Finally, we have with us some of our own Brother Knights who have travelled great distances to be at this Chapter of Great Priory.

From the Province of South America

E.Kt.Jayme Barboza de Freitas Filho, who received Past Great Admiral

E.Kt.Wagner Rodrigues who also received Past Great Admiral, and

E.Kt. Altair Salesio Rodrigues who was invested as Past Great Baillie.

From our Province of South East Asia

E.Kt. Karl Nikolai Nadrianov who received Past Great Turcopolier and is supported by

E.Kt. Captain Julian Christopher Patrick Brown.

From Germany,

E.Kt Hugo Rietveld who is now our Great Baillie, and

From Italy,

Knights Alessandro Cololli and Roberto Pertile

Something quite rare is to have a full complement of Active Great Officers at the two tables. We almost made it today but unfortunately suffered a few last minute casualties.  Our outgoing Great 1st Lieutenant, however, V.E.Kt. His Honour Mr.Justice Thomas Cloete has travelled over six and a half thousand miles to deliver his single sentence which, we have worked out, equates to 433 miles per word. Now that’s what I call dedication to duty, but it’s so good to have him here, along with all our seasoned travellers and I know you will want to show your appreciation to all of them in the time honoured fashion.

Before closing, I must express my thanks to the Great Vice-Chancellor and his staff and the Great Mareschal and his team, in which I include the Grand Master’s Body Guard, for all they do to make these occasions so successful and enjoyable for us all. And, we must not forget John Vasquez and Barry Stedman here at Freemasons’ Hall, who ‘stage manage’ our proceedings so well.

Brother Knights, the Festive Season fast approaches, a time for members of this Christian Order to renew their commitments to their faith and to one another. At 5.00pm on Christmas Day we remember our Brother Knights throughout the world wherever they may be as they in turn celebrate the birth of the Great Captain under whose Banner we have all enlisted. Let us as true soldiers of the Cross strive to profit from the Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of our Divine Master and continue his faithful soldiers until time shall be no more. May we all be blessed with the spirit of Christmas which is Peace and Hope, and most importantly, Charity to all.

Thank you Brother Knights


M.E. & S.Kt. Paul R. Clement, G.C.M.
Grand Master

R.E.Kt. Jonathan C. Whitaker, JP, K.C.M.
Great Prior of Malta

V.E.Kt. Stephen J. Warwick
Great Sub-Prior of Malta


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