The Grand Master is the supreme head of the Order and to him is delegated all power and authority of the Chapter General, unless otherwise provided in the Constitution.

The Coadjutor is the first dignity of the Order after the Grand Master and the Grand Master Emeritus, if any.

The Chapter General is the supreme governing body and repository of all power in the Order, when convened. When the Chapter General is not convened, this power is delegated to and vested in the Grand Master.

The Grand Magisterial Council is the principal policy making body of the Order, and it shall approve all candidates for the position of Grand Master and, or, Coadjutor. It is composed of all Grand Officers of the Order. It shall meet no less than once every two years.

The Grand Executive Committee is the principal governing body of the Order, with responsibility to oversee and co-ordinate the execution of the policies adopted by the Grand Magistral Council, as well as such other responsibilities as may be delegated or assigned to it by the Grand Master or the Grand Magistral Council.

The Grand Council is responsible for the scrutiny and arbitration of issues of policy differences or interpretation of provisions of the Constitution, by-laws, regulations of the Order, and Grand Magistral Decrees.

The Grand Master appoints the Principal Grand Officers of the Order and determines their functions, authority and responsibilities. The Principal Grand Officers are the Grand Commander of the Order, the Grand Prior of the Order, the Ecclesiastical Grand Prior of the Order, the Grand Chancellor, the Grand Referendary, the Grand Hospitaller, the Grand Justiciar, the Vice-Grand Chancellor (Administration) and the Vice-Grand Chancellor (Finance).

The Heads of National Jurisdictions are recommended by their jurisdictions to the Grand Master for his approval and appointment. They act as the direct representatives of the Order’s Government within their jurisdiction.



H.E. The Chev. Francisco de Borbón
Graf von Hardenberg, GCLJ-J (Spain)


Patriarch, His Beatitude Youssef I Absi


H.E. The Most Revd Msgr. Michele Pennisi (Italy)


H.E. Dame Marny A. Gilluly, GCLJ (USA)


The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem has jurisdictions in 37 countries or areas.