This "Order" has a complicated history, but essentally is an offshoot
of the Pichel Order. The 'founding father' of this
Order was probably "Prince" Roberto Paternò Castello, or one of his
associates "Prince" Henri Constantine III de Vigo (an Italian - Enrico Vigo).
On Paternò, Guy Sainty has provided this information;
"You should also be aware that the self-styled Prince Paternò
(pretended head of the Royal House of Aragon), with whom Mr Cumbo is
associated, is a junior member of an ancient Sicilian noble family that has
frequently disavowed his fantasy claim to represent the ancient Crown of
Aragon. This claimants late father was condemned by the Italian courts
(and served a prison sentence) for his activities as well as by the head
of his own family. You will find more about Paternò in my book and
on my site. There is a vast web of deceit woven around the so-called
histories of these fantasy claimants and their self-styled
Orders that have brought many gullible individuals into their
- Letter to Mr Rick Joyner of Morningstar
For information on Enrico Vigo and his claims see Guy Sainty's
self-styled Orders of Saint John (Part III) and section (15). The
claims of Enrico Vigo are further explored in an article
of the jus honorum".
The Paternò Order.
Roberto Paternò had been a member of the
Pichel Order from 3rd May 1965 (Formhals,
Robert Willard Yates. White Cross : Story of the Knights of Saint John of
Jerusalem, with particular emphasis on the Hospitaller Order of St. John
of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller since 1964 under Royal Charter of Peter
II, King of Yugoslavia. Sanghals Publishers, Camarillo, California, USA,
1979, page 191), and headed his own "St John" Order 1972-1974. He
then reconciled with the Pichel Order to become
its "Prince Protector". At the time of reconciliation, part of his organisation
continued as a separate organisation led by Kelinu Vella
Paternò's Order once again became independent from 1977 - 1979. In
1979 Paternò again reconciled with tthe Pichel
Order. From 1981 onward #5 Paternò appeared to be operating
independently from the Pichel Order .
Paternò retired from being Grand Master in 1994 when "Prince" Henri
Constantine III de Vigo took over. In 1998 after Enrico Vigo retired as Grand
Master, "Count" Louis S Montaldo "de Modon" took over as Lieutenant
Grand Master. Don Roberto then came out of "retirement" 12th August 2002
once agin to become Grand Master in order to acknowledge Montaldo's Order
as the true Order which is in succession to that over which Pichel was
Chancellor! (- The Malta Year Book, De La Salle Brothers Publications, Silema,
Malta, 2003, page 432.). Then more recently, on the 31st January
2003, "Marquis" Louis S Montaldo "de Modon" has become Grand Master.
Montaldo was created "Count of Modon" by "Prince" Henri Constantine III de
Vigo in 1994, and a Marquis by Don Roberto II Paternò in 2002. For
these titles and his election as Grand Master see the web page
and Montaldo, the Ancient Noble family of Sicily."
List of "Grand Masters"
01. "Prince" Roberto Paternò Castello 1981-1994 Grand Master #1.
02. "Prince" Henri Constantine III de Vigo 1994-1998 Grand Master #2.
"Count" Louis S Montaldo "de Modon" 1994-1998 Deputy Grand Master #3.
"Count" Louis S Montaldo "de Modon" 1998-2003 Lieutenant Grand Master.
03. "Duke" Don Roberto II Paternò 2002-2003 Grand Master #4.
04. "Count" Louis Scerri Montaldo "de Modon" 2003- Grand Master #5.
#1 This organisation either or seceded, from the Pichel Order.
#2 "Prince" Henri is counted as the 74th Grand Master (Paul I is claimed as the 70th,
Grand Duke Alexander as the 71st, "Prince" Crolian Edelen "de Burg" as the 72nd,
Don Roberto II Paternò Castello di Carcaci Ayerbe-Aragona Duke of Perpignan, head of
the Royal House of Aragon, as the 73rd.
#3 Created "Count of Modon" by "Prince" Henri Constantine III de Vigo in 1994! See;
#4 Don Roberto came out of "retirement" 12th August 2002 to acknowledge this Order
as the true Order which is in succession to that over which Pichel was Chancellor!
Source of Information "The Malta Year Book" De La Salle Brothers Publications, Silema,
Malta, 2003, page 432.
#5 The title "Marquis" was "bestowed upon him" by Don Roberto II Paternò as "head of
the Royal House of Aragon"
In http://www.maltagenealogy.com/libro%20d'oro/montaldo.html Montaldo's
Grandmastership is dated to 31st January 2003.