The Grand Commander is the religious superior of the Professed Knights and of the Knights and Dames in Obedience.
His duties include: spreading the principles of the Faith, supervising Priories and Subpriories, compiling reports on visits to be sent to the Holy See on the state and life of the Order, and seeing to the religious aspects of the activities of Professed Knights and Knights in Obedience.
In particular he is in charge of instructing the members of the Sovereign Order in the fulfilment of the principles of Tuitio Fidei e Obsequium Pauperum (living the Faith and caring for the poor and the sick). The Grand Commander also takes care of the Magistral Palace Chapel and the organisation of pilgrimages. He acts as Lieutenant ad Interim in the case of the death, resignation from office or permanent incapacity of the Grand Master.
Profile of the Grand Commander
H.E. the Venerable Bailiff
Fra’ Carlo d’IPPOLITO di SANT’IPPOLITO
Fra’ Carlo d’Ippolito di Sant’Ippolito was elected Grand Commander of the Order of Malta by the Sovereign Council on 6 December 2011. He succeeds Bailiff Fra’ Gherardo Hercolani Fava Simonetti, Grand Commander from February 2009 to December 2011.
Fra’ Carlo d’Ippolito di Sant’Ippolito was born in Naples on 3 May 1933. He started his professional career by managing his father’s farm, later becoming chairman of the board of directors of various companies. He was also a member of the European Chamber of Commerce in Brussels.
He entered the Sovereign Order of Malta in 1997, taking perpetual vows in 2005, thus becoming a Professed Knight in the Order.
He was a member of the Sovereign Council from 2006 to 2009 and was re-elected by the Chapter General of 2009. From 2004 to 2006 he was alternative member of the Board of Auditors. From 2009 to 2011 he was chairman of the board of the Veneranda Lingua Italia for Pilgrimages and member of the International Pilgrimage to Lourdes Committee.
Fra’ Carlo d’Ippolito di Sant’Ippolito is a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Austrian Republic.