Government of the Sovereign Order of Malta
The Sovereign Council assists the Lieutenant of the Grand Master in the government of the Order of Malta. It is composed of the Lieutenant of the Grand Master, who presides over it, the holders of the four High Charges (Grand Commander, Grand Chancellor, Grand Hospitaller and Receiver of the Common Treasure) and nine members.
Apart from the Lieutenant of the Grand Master, the members of the Sovereign Council are elected for a six-year term. The four High Charges and four Councillors are elected by the Chapter General. The other five Councillors are elected by the Chapter of the Professed.
The Sovereign Council is called by the Lieutenant of the Grand Master and meets at the seat of the Order of Malta at least six times a year and whenever special circumstances require it.
Lieutenant of the Grand Master
H.E. Fra’ John T. Dunlap
SOVEREIGN COUNCIL (2023-2029)
H.E. Fra’ Emmanuel Rousseau
H.E. Riccardo Paternò di Montecupo
H.E. Fra’ Alessandro de Franciscis
Receiver of the Common Treasure
H.E. Fabrizio Colonna
H.E. Fra’ Roberto Viazzo
H.E. Fra’ Richard J. Wolff
H.E. Fra’ John Eidinow
H.E. Fra’ Mathieu Dupont
H.E.Fra’ João Augusto Esquivel Freire de Andrade
H.E. Francis Joseph McCarthy
H.E. Michael Kirk Grace
H.E. Clemente Riva di Sanseverino
H.E. Josef D. Blotz