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Past Grand Chancellor of the Hospitaller Order passes away (October 2016)

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Fra John Baron Dudley von Sydow von Hoff
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The Past Grand Chancellor with the Present Grand Chancellor of the Order

It is with sadness that the Supreme Grand Priory announces the passing away of the Past Grand Chancellor of the Hospitaller Order of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, today, the 25th of October 2016.

Fra John Baron von Hoff (1937 - 2016) was one of the two main Lazarite leaders who were responsible for the founding of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in 1995 as a chivalric organisation, registered as per the laws of England. Fra John was already very active within the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus and had achieved the rank of Knight Commander of Justice within the latter organisation.

However, serious lack of transparency and the constant interpolation of historical facts related to the medieval order of Saint Lazarus by the mentioned organisation created a situation in which Fra John Baron von Hoff had to lead the bulk of English Lazarite members and officers into an independent Grand Priory of Saint Lazarus outside the jurisdiction of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus. He joined forces with similar minded Scottish Lazarites under the leadership of Richard Comyns of Ludston and, in 1995, founded the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem as a British confraternity of Lazarites modeled on the structures of the Venerable Order of Saint John (Fra John was also an Officer of the Venerable Order) as a chivalric organisation.

He was appointed as Grand Chancellor of the Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus and remained in that office until May of 2008, when administrative changes and the appointment of a new office of Supreme Grand Prior within the Order was enacted and voted for by three quarters of the established Grand Priories. He was succeeded in the office of Grand Chancellor by Massimo J Ellul.

Fra John Baron von Hoff continued leading his group of English Lazarites and continued overseeing their Lazarite registered UK charity, the latter being responsible for more than Stg 117,000 worth of grants given for charitable purposes.

Fra John Baron von Hoff passed away peacefully at home on the 25th October 2016 after a long battle borne with courage and dignity. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. The Supreme Grand Priory salutes its first Grand Chancellor.

 

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