Structure of the Grand Magisterium

Blessed Vergin Mary Queen of Palestine

It is with great joy that the Feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine, is celebrated in all the Lieutenancies of the Equestrian Order around 25 October – the exact date of the Feast...

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Il Cardinale Edwin O'Brien, Gran Maestro dell'Ordine del San Sepolcro

The Order has a well-defined hierarchy,  and is led by the Cardinal Grand Master who is appointed directly by the Holy Father, to lead and govern the Order. In 1949, Pius XII established that the Grand Master of the Order must be a Cardinal, assigning to the Patriarch of Jerusalem the prerogative of the Grand Prior. Currently this  important role at the head of the Order is filled by Cardinal Edwin O'Brien


The Grand Magisterium is a body convened and chaired by the Cardinal Grand Master to assist and support him in the government  of the Order. It meets twice a year and prepares and programs the activities of the Order in the various countries in which the Order is present and, in particular, in the Holy Land. It also approves the specific projects of solidarity that the Order carries out in the Holy Land each year, in addition to approving the entire institution’s budget.

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