Knights of Malta
Reformed Order of the Hospitallers
of Saint John of Jerusalem

FACT FILE:

Extract from an email from Prof. Sir Vincent Abukuse Mbirika, Ph.D., D.Sc.,Kt.G.C., F.I.B.A Sovereign Grand Master

Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 14:41:46 EST
Subject: Re: Signed Guestbook

In regard to your other enquiry, I was originally made a Knight Grand Cross of Justice in a branch of Knights of Malta Sovereign Order of the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem, (OSJ) operating mostly in the United States, Italy, Japan, Australia, South America and Belgium. The Grand Master by then, (1976) was Prince Michael Khimchiachivili Von Brancovani, a gentleman of Rumenian extract with close ties to Queen Juliana and Prince Bernard of Belgium.
The historical background of that order, I was informed by the then Grand Master, went back to King Peter of Yukoslavia. The rest of the history is basically that of the Knights of Malta after 1798.
Between 1978 and 1993 a man by the name Prince Arnaldo Petruci di Siena branched off from von Brancovani's group and established a branch under the same name. He had a good following until 1993 when he became totally unable to sustain leadership. In July of 1993 in a Royal Decree number 001-93 the Prince passed all his duties of Grandmastership to me. In February 1994, the European Priories under the leadership of Prince Petruci met in Florence and unanimously elected me to be their new Sovereign Grand Master. Both Prince Von Brancovani and Prince Petruci have long left the sciene.
The Order continues to function with me as Sovereign Grand Master. There has been a slight change in the name after some necessary reforms were demanded and made. The current name is: Knights of Malta Sovereign Order of Reformed Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem. The changes were necessary in order to keep in line with the US Federal government requirements for not-for-profit organizations. Our mailing address is still P.O.Box 643 FDR Station, New York, New York 10150. Our Email is Ktmalta@aol.com ……

Prof. Sir Vincent Abukuse Mbirika, Ph.D., D.Sc.,Kt.G.C., F.I.B.A
Sovereign Grand Master

List of "Grand Masters"

01.  Prince Arnaldo Petruci di Siena         1978-1993 Grand Master.
02.  Prof. Sir Vincent Abukuse Mbirika       1993-     Grand Master.

NOTES:
#1 This organisation seceded from the Brancovan Order (1972), which itself had 
emerged form an offshoot of the King Peter Order as led by Jacobs and Edelen.

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