Consecration of the Grand Prior: April 2012
Immediately after the Investiture of the Grand Priory of Austria, which was held in Sopron in March 2012, the next biggest event of the Order of Saint Lazarus was scheduled to be the International Lazarite Symposium, held in Malta during the month of April. It was thus decreed that the consecration of the Grand Prior - Elect of Austria would be executed during the solemn investiture held during the events of the International Symposium. Thus the Grand Prior was consecrated in front of more than 800 delegates of the Order from all over the world and by the highest Grand Officers of the Order who were all congregated for the week in question.
Chevalier Olivier Gruber KLJ led a deputation from the Austrian Grand Priory and was duly consecrated and appointed as the new Grand Prior of this jurisdiction by the Supreme Grand Prior of the Order, H.E. Richard Comyns of Ludston GCLJ GCMLJ. Other postulants were also admitted into the Grand Priory of Austria during the investiture service.
The Supreme Grand Priory congratulates the new Grand Prior and wishes him and his officers the best of luck in the future Hospitaller commitments of the Order.