Order of Malta’s 79th Grand Master to Be Buried in Maltese Cathedral’s Crypt
Fra’ Festing, who died in Malta on Nov. 12 at the age of 71, will be buried in the cathedral’s Grand Masters’ Crypt, which was reopened to the public in January 2020 after restoration work.
VALLETTA, Malta — Fra’ Matthew Festing, the 79th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, will be buried in the crypt of a cathedral in Malta’s capital city following his funeral on Dec. 3.
Cardinal Silvano Maria Tomasi, Pope Francis’ special delegate to the Order of Malta, will celebrate the Requiem Mass and Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta will concelebrate.
Fra’ Marco Luzzago, Lieutenant of the Grand Master, will attend the ceremony.
Television Malta reported that Fra’ Festing will be the order’s 12th Grand Master to be buried in the crypt and the first for hundreds of years.
Fra’ Festing served as the Grand Master of the lay religious Catholic order, founded in Jerusalem in the 11th century, from 2008 to his resignation in 2017.
The order’s Grand Magistry said on Nov. 12 that the Englishman felt ill after attending a solemn profession of religious vows in St John’s Co-Cathedral on Nov. 4. He was admitted to hospital, where he later died.
“On the day of the funeral, the flags of the Sovereign Order of Malta will fly at half-mast on the buildings of the order’s institutions and works around the world,” the order said in its Nov. 17 statement.