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

Tuesday, June 14 last farewell to Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra’ Marco Luzzago

Lying-in-state in the Church of Santa Maria in Aventino

Rome 10 June 2022 – The solemn funeral of the Lieutenant of the Grand Master, Fra’ Marco Luzzago, who died on Tuesday 7 June after a sudden illness, will be celebrated on Tuesday 14 June at 11 am in the Basilica dei Santi Bonifacio ed Alessio in Rome. The lying-in-state will be held in the Church of Santa Maria in Aventino, in the Sovereign Order of Malta’s Magistral Villa compound, and will be open today from 4 pm to 6 pm to all those who wish to pay their respects to the head of the Order. It will also be open from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday 11, Sunday 12 and Monday 13 June.

The solemn funeral will be celebrated by Cardinal Silvano Maria Tomasi, the Pope’s special delegate to the Sovereign Order of Malta. Present the Grand Commander of the Order of Malta, Fra’ Ruy Gonçalo do Valle Peixoto de Villas-Boas who, following the death of Fra’ Marco Luzzago, takes up the duties of Interim Lieutenant, and the Sovereign Council which will participate in church dress, as well as Fra’ Marco’s sisters and family members. The ambassadors of the countries accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta will attend, as well as representatives of the Order’s Grand Priories, National Associations and Relief Corps.

The coffin will be taken in procession from the Church of Santa Maria in Aventino to the Basilica dei Santi Bonifacio ed Alessio and then be transported to Brescia, Fra’ Marco Luzzago’s birthplace, where it will be buried in the family chapel.

Numerous messages of condolence have arrived from heads of state and government around the world.

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The funeral will be live streamed via Youtube, at the following link: