The Grand Sovereign Council is the principal governing body of the Order, also comprising the Board of Vocational Ministry, with responsibility to oversee and coordinate the execution of the policies adopted by the Grand Magistral Council, as well as such other responsibilities as may be delegated or assigned to it by the Grand Master or the Grand Magistral Council.
Saint Thomas Lowland is one of 5 Nevis parishes which are in turn part of the 14 administrative parishes that make up the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The first Anglican Church in the Caribbean, and the oldest church on Nevis, St. Thomas' was built in 1643. It is located on the main road about three miles north of Charlestown, and was built to serve the town of Jamestown, the island's original capital that disappeared. The church is perched high on a hill overlooking St. Kitts. The church cemetery has many tombstones bearing names of Nevis' early settlers dating back to 1649. There is also a vault that holds the remains of John Huggins (1763-1821), the founder of Bath Hotel, effectively the first Spa of the Caribbean.
The Grand Magistral Council is the principal policy making body of the Order, the supreme governing body and repository of all power in the Order, and it shall approve all candidates for the position of Grand Master and, or, Grand Lieutenant. It is composed of all Administrative Officers of the Order; and/or any special offices as determined or elected by the Grand Master.
THE SOVEREIGN COUNCIL: Photo taken at the Anglican St. Thomas Parish Church, Nevis Island• March 2012 • Our Affiliate Investiture Mission
H.E. Dr. Benjamin Ahmed Angueira. The Grand Lieutenant is the first dignity of the Order after the Grand Master and the Grand Master Emeritus, if any. The Grand Lieutenant will take the Grand Master’s place when the Grand Master is ill, incapacitated or otherwise temporarily unable to fulfill the duties of his office.
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knight surgeons. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the surgeons of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper medical/surgical principles and practices are respected. Popup Vocational Overview
The Grand Marshal is the Minister of Public Safety, Emergency Preparedness, and Transportation, and is the Chief Ceremonial functionary of the Order.
The Grand Bailiff and Privy Seal is the Head Bailiff of the Order and the chief Administrator under the Grand Master. His Office includes The Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The Grand Chancellor, whose office includes the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is at the head of the Chancellery and its related offices, and those of the Ambassadors at Large.
H.E. Prof. [Dr. of Med..] Charles McWilliams. The Grand Master is the supreme head of the Order, and to him is delegated all power and authority of the Chapter General. He was elected by the Sovereign Council, and was an active member of the Order and an individual bearing titles. He was appointed to the dignity of Grand Master for life. The Grand Master, with the advice and consent of the Grand Magistral Council, may appoint additional Grand Officers with such authority and responsibilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to the Order’s functions and cause.
The Grand Sovereign Council is the principal advisory body of the Order, with responsibility to oversee and co-ordinate the execution of the policies adopted by the Grand Magistral Council. The Grand Sovereign Council shall consist of the Principal Officers and such other Officers as may be appointed by the Grand Magistral Council. The Grand Master is an ex-officio member. The Grand Sovereign Council shall meet at the summons of the Grand Master, or the Grand Lieutenant of the Order.
The Grand Sovereign Council also are the ministries of principal licensing and regulatory Board for our vocations. A vocation (from Latin vocare, meaning "to call" by God to the individual, or calling of all humankind to salvation), is our governing body for an occupation to which a member is specially drawn and for which he or she is suited, trained, or qualified. Though now often used in non-religious contexts, the meaning of the term vocation originated in Christianity and is of Christian function.
The Grand Policy Council is responsible for the scrutiny and arbitration of issues of policy differences or interpretation of provisions of the Constitution, by-laws, regulations of the Order, and Grand Magistral Decrees. The Grand Policy Council is appointed by the Grand Master. The Grand Policy Council shall meet at the summons of the Grand Sovereign Council.
The Chapter General is composed of all members and postulants of the Order in good standing; and those of the rank of Knight or Dame, such good standing being confirmed in writing by the Grand Master.
The Grand Commander is the religious superior of the Professed Knights and of the Knights in Obedience. His duties include spreading the principles of Faith, reviewing compiling religious publications of the Order and maintaining its religious archives.
The Grand Dame Commander is the religious superior of the Professed Dames and of the Dames in Obedience. Her duties include spreading the principles of Faith, reviewing compiling religious publications of the Order and maintaining its religious archives.
The Grand Prior of the Order shall act as the Chief Operating Officer of the Order, and is responsible for the performance of the Operations Division, and the Administration and Finance Division of the Order in close collaboration and directorate with the Grand Master and Grand Lieutenant of the Order.
The Ecclesiastical Grand Prior of the Order, with the support of a spiritual advisory council, will provide counsel and support to the national jurisdictions, and advise the Grand Master and the Grand Magistral Council on all matters of ecclesiology and spirituality of the Order. The Grand Master shall appoint the Ecclesiastical Grand Prior of the Order after consultation with the Spiritual Protector, the Grand Knight Commander, and the Grand Dame Commander.
The Grand Referendary shall oversee the preparation for and the observance of correct procedural protocols and conduct of all formal meetings of the Order. When duly called upon, he is responsible for issuing timely summons to Chapters General and meetings of the Grand Magistral Council, as well as for the review and acceptance of voting lists and proxies from national jurisdictions.
The Grand Hospitaller shall be the Head of the National Jurisdictions of the Order and shall be responsible for advising the Grand Master, the Grand Magistral Council and the national jurisdictions of, and consulting with them on, the Hospitaller activities of the Order.
The Grand Justiciar, who shall be a lawyer, shall be the senior legal officer of the Order. He shall be responsible for the legal affairs of the Order and shall advise the Grand Master, the Grand Magistral Council, the Grand Sovereign Council, the Council of Vocations, and the National Jurisdictions concerning legal matters which affect the Order.
The Grand Justiciar, who shall be a lawyer, shall be the deputy legal officer of the Order. He shall be responsible for the legal affairs of the Order and shall advise the Grand Master, the Grand Magistral Council, the Grand Sovereign Council, the Council of Vocations, and the National Jurisdictions concerning legal matters which affect the Order.
S.A.E. MONS. MAR BASILIUS ADÃO PEREIRA, O.S+G.
The Spiritual Protector shall provide spiritual support and guidance to the Order, with the assistance of, and in collaboration with the Grand Master. In the event of the inability or absence of the Spiritual Protector, the Ecclesiastical Grand Prior shall assume his responsibilities.