Grand Master of Order of Malta dies
The Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta, Fra' Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie, has died in Rome.
The funeral of the Grand Master, who died last Thursday will be in Rome on February 16 at the Basilica of Santa Sabina.
It will be attended by his family members, the members of the Sovereign Council, his collegues, and members and volunteers of the Order of Malta from around the world.
Following the funeral ceremony the Grand Master will be buried in the church of Santa Maria del Priorato.
The Grand Commander of the Order of Malta, Baillif FrÓ Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, has been sworn in as Lieutenant ad interim of the Order, and remains acting head of the Sovereign Order until a new Grand Master is elected.
Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie was the first Englishman to be elected to the post of Grand Master in the Order's 900-year history.
Born 15 May 1929, he was educated at Ampleforth College, Christ Church Oxford and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. After military service in the Scots Guards, he worked as a financial journalist in the City of London, before taking up the senior post in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at Worth School, Sussex. Admitted to the Order in 1956, he took solemn religious vows in 1981 and served on the Sovereign Council (the government of the Order) for the following seven years before being elected Grand Master on 8th April 1988.
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12 Feb 2008