The Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law.

The Order – which has its seat of government in Rome – has:

Its own government.
Bilateral diplomatic relations with over 100 countries.
Permanent Observer status at the United Nations and in many international organizations.

Its operational activities are managed by the six Grand Priories, six Subpriories and forty-nine National Associations of Knights and Dames on five continents.

The Order issues its own passports, coins, and stamps. It creates public institutions endowed with independent juridical personality. The Order is governed by the Constitutional Charter and the Code, last reformed in 1997.

H.E. Fra’ Marco Luzzago

Our Lieutenant of the Grand Master

Our Lieutenant of the Grand Master, H.E. Fra’ Marco Luzzago

Fra’ Marco Luzzago was born 1950 in Brescia.  He completed a scientific high school degree at the institute of the Franciscans in Brescia, before studying medicine for a number of years at the Universities of Padua and Parma.

Fra’ Marco joined the Sovereign Order of Malta in 1975 and took his Solemn religious Vows in 2003. Since 2010 he has dedicated his life completely to the Order of Malta, moving to the Marches to care for one of the Order’s Commanderies. Since 2011 he has been Commander of Justice in the Grand Priory of Rome, where he holds the position of Delegate of the Northern Marches and head of the library. Since 2017 he has been Councillor of the Order of Malta’s Italian Association. Fra’ Marco Luzzago is related to Pope Paul VI.

The Lieutenant of the Grand Master

According to the Order of Malta’s Constitution, the Lieutenant of the Grand Master remains in office for one year with the same powers as the Grand Master. The Lieutenant of the Grand Master has to reconvene the Council Complete of State before the end of his mandate.

The Legal System

The legal system of the Order is divided into three powers:

Legislative power

Rests with the Grand Master and Sovereign Council for all non-constitutional matters and with the Chapter General for constitutional matters.

Executive power

Rests with the Sovereign Council, chaired by the Grand Master and composed of ten Knights elected by the Chapter General.

Judicial power

Rests with the Magistral Courts of First Instance and of Appeal, composed of judges appointed by the Grand Master and the Sovereign Council.

Commitment to Transparency and Integrity

Whistleblower Statement

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.

Report Abuse

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.