Fra’ Marco Luzzago Lieutenant of Grand Master of Sovereign Military Order of Malta

Fra’ Marco Luzzago was elected this morning with a large majority Lieutenant of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta. Italian, 70 years old, was admitted in 1975 and has been a Professed in the Order of Malta since 2003.
The newly elected head of the Sovereign Order of Malta will swear before the Pope’s Special Delegate, cardinal-designate Silvano Maria Tomasi and the members of the Council Complete of State this afternoon.

The Council Complete of State, the electoral body, met on 7 and 8 November in the Magistral Villa in Rome.
Fra’ Marco Luzzago succeeds Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, Prince and 80th Grand Master, who died on 29 April last.

Profile of Lieutenant
Fra’ Marco was born 1950 in Brescia.  He completed a scientific high school degree at the institute of the Franciscans in Brescia, before studying medicine for a number of years at the Universities of Padua and Parma. He was then asked to manage his family’s property interests. This led on to business activities in the consumer industry and large-scale retail distribution, an area in which he continued to be involved in for many years.
Fra’ Marco joined the Sovereign Order of Malta in 1975 in the Grand Priory of Lombardy and Venice and took his Solemn religious Vows in 2003. He began attending the Order of Malta’s international pilgrimages to Lourdes and the national pilgrimages to Assisi and Loreto. Since 2010 he has dedicated his life completely to the Order of Malta, moving to the Marches to care for one of the Order’s Commands.

Since 2011 he has been Commander of Justice in the Grand Priory of Rome, where he holds the position of Delegate of the Northern Marches and head of the library. Since 2017 he has been Councillor of the Order of Malta’s Italian Association. Fra’ Marco Luzzago is related to Pope Paul VI.

The Lieutenant of the Grand Master

According to the Order of Malta’s Constitution, the Lieutenant of the Grand Master remains in office for one year with the same powers as the Grand Master. The Lieutenant of the Grand Master has to reconvene the Council Complete of State before the end of his mandate.

The Lieutenant of the Grand Master must devote himself fully to the development of the Order’s works and be an example for all members in religious observance. He has supreme authority. Together with the Sovereign Council, he issues the legislative provisions not provided for by the Constitutional Charter, promulgates the acts of the government and ratifies international agreements.

The Lieutenant of the Grand Master resides in the Order of Malta’s seat, the Magistral Palace in Rome.

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