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Letter - Grand Chancellor

HE Chev. Lt.Gen William G. Boykin (U.S. Army, Ret.) GCSJ



5th  June, 2010

Brothers and Sisters,

On the 21st of May, 2010, It was my great honor to be promoted to the position of Grand Chancellor of the Knights Hospitallers, Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta. During the investiture of nine new Knights and Dames at the Headquarters of the North Carolina Priory in Charlotte North Carolina, I accepted the responsibilities for executing the duties of Grand Chancellor, replacing HE Malcolm Hitchman. As you all know, Malcolm has dutifully held the position for four years now and has performed his duties with great commitment and energy, becoming a revered member of the Order. It is quite humbling to follow a man of such fine character and accomplishment. I extend my most sincere thanks to Malcolm for his tireless efforts and excellent performance.

It is also a great honor to serve under the leadership of the Prince Grand Master of the Order, Nicholas Papanicolau, who I consider to be one of the finest Christian men I know. His leadership, guidance and mentorship will be highly valued in the performance of my new duties. I am also pleased to be working under the leadership of Lieutenant Grand Master, Prince Esterházy, who has distinguished himself as an excellent leader and visionary in the Knights of Malta. Furthermore, I look forward to working with all the leadership in our Order including the Priors and Grand Priors around the world. Thanks to all of you for your support and confidence.

To all of you, I pledge my efforts and energies to assist you in achieving the objectives of the Order. As Knights and Dames, we have pledged to follow in the traditions and customs of that Order and to act with the chivalry and courage of those ancient Christian warriors who gave us our lineage. I know that today our mission is just as critical to the world as it was at the founding of the Knights of Malta. In conducting humanitarian relief and supporting the needs of Christians and non-Christians, we follow the teachings of Christ and exemplify the passion of our predecessors. Like our forebears, we represent hope to many beleaguered Christians across the globe as the increasing problems of hunger, disaster, Islamic extremism, economic collapse, and ethnic conflict continue to create human suffering.  It is my hope that I can assist you as you do the work that we have pledged to do. While our history is one of small numbers of dedicated servants of the Cross doing extraordinary things, I hope that we will continue to find new members who can help with our task and who will commit their lives to helping others regardless of the cost.

God bless you all.

Chev. Lt.Gen William G. Boykin (U.S. Army, Ret.)
Grand Chancellor


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