With the passing of H.M.E.H. the Prince and Grand Master Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto on April 29, 2020, the position of Grand Master of the Order is currently vacant.
The temporary leader of the Order is the Lieutenant ad interim and Grand Commander, H.E. Fra’ Ruy Gonçalo do Valle Peixoto de Villas Boas. His mandate is limited to ordinary administration of the Order and to the organization of the Council Complete of State to elect a new Grand Master.
The Grand Master governs the Order as sovereign and as religious head. He is elected for life from among the professed knights in perpetual vows. He is assisted by and presides over the Sovereign Council, which is composed of four high offices – the Grand Commander, Grand Chancellor, Grand Hospitaller, and Receiver of the Common Treasure – as well as six councillors, all elected at the Order’s Chapter General for a five-year term.
The Council of Government and the Board of Auditors, assist the Grand Master and the Sovereign Council. The Chapter General also elects the members of these two bodies for a five-year term.
From its beginning in the 11th Century, the Order of Malta has served the poor and sick. The Order has cared for the vulnerable of all ages through the centuries, and renews that commitment today.
Consistent with this focus, the Order of Malta Western Association has adopted policies encouraging the reporting of any potential improper conduct, including, but not limited to: discrimination against, harassment of, or any other imposition upon individuals; financial improprieties; violations of civil or canon law or of policies of the Order and of the Association; or of any other similar illegal or improper actions.
Please call (424) 365-6015 to report any complaint or misconduct to our Supervisor for the Protection of the Vulnerable. Your call is confidential. The Association prohibits retaliation against any person making a good faith complaint, report, or inquiry.