Sovereign Military Hospitaller
Order of St John of Jerusalem of
Rhodes and of Malta

Sovereign Council

Sovrano Consiglio Ordine di Malta Sovereign Council Order of Malta

Government of the Sovereign Order of Malta

The Sovereign Council assists the Grand Master in the government of the Order of Malta. It is composed 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 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 Grand Master and meets at the seat of the Order of Malta at least six times a year and whenever special circumstances require it.

Grand Master
H.M.E.H. Fra’ John T. Dunlap


Grand Commander
H.E. Fra’ Emmanuel Rousseau

Grand Chancellor
H.E. Riccardo Paternò di Montecupo

Grand Hospitaller
H.E. Fra’ Alessandro de Franciscis

Receiver of the Common Treasure
H.E. Fabrizio Colonna


H.E. Fra’ Richard J. Wolff
H.E. Fra’ John Eidinow
H.E. Fra’ João Augusto Esquivel Freire de Andrade
H.E. Fra’ Thomas N. Mulligan
H.E. Fra’ Nicola Tegoni
H.E. Francis Joseph McCarthy
H.E. Michael Kirk Grace
H.E. Clemente Riva di Sanseverino
H.E. Josef D. Blotz