The Grand Hospitaller’s responsibilities include the offices of Minister of Health and of Social Affairs and Minister for Humanitarian Action and Minister for International Cooperation. He coordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Grand Priories, National Associations and other Order institutions world-wide, all of which are involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that Christian principles of care and human dignity are respected.
The Grand Hospitaller is assisted by a Council composed of representatives of all the territorial regions where the Order of Malta operates.
Profile of the Grand Hospitaller
H. E. Albrecht Freiherr von BOESELAGER,
Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion in Obedience
Albrecht von Boeselager was born on October 4, 1949 in Kreuzberg/Ahr near Bonn; he is married, and has 5 children. He was educated in Bonn at the Jesuit college Aloisiuskolleg and graduated in Law in 1974 after studies in Bonn, Geneva and Freiburg. From 1968 to 1970 he served in the military force as reserve lieutenant. From 1976 to 1990 he worked as a professional lawyer.
He was admitted to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in 1976, and in 1985 became a Knight in Obedience. Since 1982 he has been the Chancellor of the German Association of the Order and a member of the Executive Committee of the German Association’s Ambulance Corps (Malteser Hilfsdienst – MHD). Elected member of the Sovereign Council of the Order of Malta as Grand Hospitaller in 1989, re-elected in 1994, in 1999 in 2004 and in 2009. Member of the Pontificium Consilium Cor Unum from 1994 to 2005 and member of the Papal Council of the Pastoral for Health-Care Operators since 1990.