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58th Grand Prior of England installed in historic ceremony

On the morning of 8 September the historic occasion of the installation of the 58th Grand Prior of England took place.

Installed by the Lieutenant of the Grand Master, Fra’John Dunlap, at the church of the Assumption, Warwick Street in central London, and before a packed congregation of family and friends, Fra’Max Rumney became the fourth Grand Prior since the Priory’s full post-Reformation restoration in 1993.

Fra’Max, a lawyer by profession, took his full monastic vows as a Professed knight of the Order of Malta in 2017.  

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order - which is based in Rome, in via Condotti - has its own Government, an independent magistracy, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


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