Monday 19 November 2012

SUROL's newly refurbished offices

The Grand Priory of Great Britain is helping to fund SUROL, a leprosy charity run by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka. This collaboration sees a welcome return to the roots of the Order - giving aid to those suffering from leprosy & their dependants. 

SUROL currently has 271 Beneficiaries and 127 Benefactors supporting 184 Families & 75 Children attending school, university & schools of higher education who receive a monthly allowance. 

The Grand Priory recently donated £9,000 to help with SUROL's vital work. Some of the money was used to set up & furnish new offices which will enable the staff to better co-ordinate their efforts throughout Sri Lanka.

SUROL's newly refurbished offices
A dedication plaque in the new offices
SUROL was accepted as an ‘Approved Charity’ by the Ministry of Finance as per Gazette # 55 of 11/04/1973, registered with the Department of Social Service, # CO/99/92 dated 21/02/1992 and the Ministry of Social Services # 0082 dated 04/05/1994.

Sunday 11 November 2012

Lest we Forget

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

Animae omnium fidelium defunctorum
per Dei misericordiam requiescant in pace. Amen.

Thursday 1 November 2012

Baptism of Princess Isabelle d’Orléans

Members of the Grand Priory of Great Britain send our warmest congratulations to Prince Charles-Philippe and Princess Diana on the Baptism of their daughter, Princess Isabelle d’Orléans. The baptism took place on Sunday 21st October 2012, in the Chapel of St John the Evangelist at the Cadaval Palace in Evora, Portugal. 

Princess Isabelle d’Orléans is the first daughter of Prince Charles-Philippe, Duke of Anjou, and Princess Diana, Duchess of Cadaval. Prince Charles-Philippe is the Grand Master Emeritus, Grand Prior of France and President of the Governing Council of the Order of Saint Lazarus.  Princess Isabelle's Godmother is Princess Dora Lowenstein and her Godfather is Prince Felipe of Spain, Prince of the Asturias. Holy Mass was offered by his Excellency Archbishop Maurílio Jorge Quintal de Gouveia, the Archbishop Emeritus of Evora, who had married the young couple on June 21st 2008 in the cathedral of Evora. It was an intimate ceremony with just the family and a few close friends.