2024 National Chapter will be in Brisbane


The Australian Grand Priory of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem


This is about the Grand Priory of Australia, a Jurisdiction of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem under the governance of the Grand Master, His Excellency Don Francisco de Borbon, Graf von Hardenberg GCLJ(J), 50th Grand Master. The Grand Prior of the Grand Priory in Australia is The Hon. Chevalier Gavin Fielding AM GCLJ GCMLJ. The Order of Saint Lazarus is an Order of Chivalry. It is wholly Christian, ecumenical, and has Christian unity as an objective. Its members are committed to seek to live their lives with strength, simplicity, and charity in a manner that embodies the Christian spirit that has enlivened the Order for nearly a thousand years. The Order is, in part, a Hospitaller Order and so its objective will always be that members serve to alleviate the plight of the sick and poor, whether they suffer a deficiency in spiritual or physical health or poverty of means to live with dignity. The Order is, in part, a Military Order and so each office-bearer undertakes the duties allotted and becomes the officer primarily responsible for their fulfillment earning the support and active assistance of fellow members.


President’s Letter of Invitation

The Queensland Commandery extends its warm welcome to all Order members and postulants for the Australian Grand Priory 2024 National Chapter of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem to be held in Brisbane. The traditional name of Brisbane is Meeanjin – the place of the blue water lilies. The land on which we come together for this National Chapter is the land of the Turrbal and Jagera people the original inhabitants of Brisbane. We are honoured to have the Grand Master His Excellency Don Francisco de Borbón, Graf von Hardenberg GCLJ (J) GClLJ attend this year’s National Chapter. The Grand Master will be accompanied by his wife and young son, and we are delighted that they are able to join us. Our Chapter organizing committee has been ably led by Antony Maruca CLJ MMLJ and I extend my sincerest thanks to Antony and members for the time and effort they have all put in to delivering this key event for the Australian Grand Priory. We have done our best to contain costs whilst delivering an enjoyable Chapter program. The venue for National Chapter is the Royal on the Park hotel selected in part because of its close location to the City Botanic Gardens opposite, walking distance to the South Bank Cultural Precinct and Queensland Club and on the inner-city free bus route for easy access to the Queen Street Mall and adjacent shopping and restaurants. Chapter events commence on Thursday 2nd May. The first event is a function hosted by the Governor of Queensland. Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, and her husband Professor Graeme Nimmo RFD, have graciously extended the hospitality of Government House to members to mark the holding of the Grand Priory of Australia’s 2024 Australian National Chapter in Brisbane.

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Here is an easy-to-read history of our Order

St Lazarus history Charles George



Members gathered at the 2023 National Chapter of the Order held in Canberra from the evening of Thursday, April 20 to Sunday 23 April.

Photographs of the services and other events are now available for members to download in the Members’ Only section.

NEWHOMILIES for the Vigil, Investiture, and Sunday Mass can be downloaded here:

2023 Vigil Homily.   2023 Investiture Homily    2023 Mass Homily

Calendar of Events


National Chapter 2 – 5 May 2024 in Brisbane.


South Australia

The South Australian Commandery contributes to a range of causes, preferring to focus on areas of need which attract little or no Government funding.  Examples include Puddle Jumpers assisting needy children and families with food and support, Ukrainians in SA assisting the housing and support for those displaced by the invasion of Ukraine, Cure 4 CF supporting research for Cystic Fibrosis, Magdalene Centre Dinners feeding the homeless and needy.

Upcoming Events in SA

For information please contact the SA Commandery Secretary at sasecretaryolj@outlook.com



Anniversary Book


The Australian Grand Priory has published a book recording the history of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem in Australia from its earliest years until the present day.

Click here for an overview of the history of the Australian Grand Priory: OLJ Green Book History Blurb

Click here for an order form to buy the book: OLJ Order Form Green Cross Book