Also this week we had a big meeting at the headquarters of the Order - a meeting of all (less one) of the Lieutenants of Europe. They came from England and Spain, Germany and Sweden, Russia and (of course) Italy and gathered in Rome to discuss issues of importance to the Order and the local Lieutenancies of the Order. It is a great opportunity for the local leaders to network and communicate about what they are doing. It was a great opportunity for me to meet some of the men and women with whom I work so closely in planning Investiture trips.
On Monday evening we had the customary banquet. But we also had several surprises...
The newly appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem - with whom the Order will work VERY closely - came by for a visit.
Also, several members of the order received a special honor - being named Knights of the Collar.
Lastly, the Russian Lieutenant brought along a gift for His Eminence - a beautiful painting of the domes of Moscow.