Deputy Grand Master: H.E. Professor Chev. José Manuel Martins Ferreira Coelho (MD; PhD; FACS; HE)
H.E. Deputy Grand Master Professor Chev. José Manuel Martins Ferreira Coelho (MD; PhD; FACS; HE) Medical Doctor ( General Surgeon – Urologist ) Writer and publisher of books and artist in paintings and sculpture. Knight of the Advisory Committee.
Chaplain of the Grand Chapter of Portugal Chevalier Rev. Fr. Antonio M. Martins - Prior
NEW PRIOR FOR PORTUGAL
On the Solemnity of the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, 29 June, 2020, the Grand Master His Excellency Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli appointed Chevalier Jose Dos Santos Maia as Prior of Portugal for his dedication to the Confraternity.
NEW KNIGHTS IN PORTUGAL
Monday 3 February, 2020.
In the meeting of 3 February, 2020, the Supreme Council of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul approved the nominations of Dr. José Manuel dos Santos Maia and Manuel Beninger.
I am sure they will help the Grand Chapter of Portugal to grow.
God bless you all.
H.E. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master
Chev. Dr. José Manuel dos Santos Maia Chev. Manuel Beninger.
Grand Chapter of Portugal
Grand Master's visit
The Deputy Grand Master His Excellency Chevalier Professor Jose Ferreira Coelho and his Lady welcomed the Grand Master His Excellency Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli and Dame Mary Portelli in Lisbon on Wednesday 3 July, 2019.
After a short sight seeing trip around Lisbon, the group attended a book presentation by Professor Jose Ferreira Coelho at the Academia de Marinha.
Afterwards the group mingled with other guests over some beautiful Portuguese wines.
During the week long visit, the group visited many places of interest including Sintra, Mafra, Fatima and Porto.
In Mafra the group attended the Wine Fraternity convention and a concert at the Cathedral.
On Monday 8 July, the group met in Fatima with Chevalier Padre Antonio Manuel Martins for lunch and a tour of the Holy Sight where the Virgin Mary appeared to the three children Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lúcia de Jesus Rosa dos Santos.
The group visited the home of Francesco and Jacinta Marto before Chevalier Padre Antonio Manuel Martins celebrated Mass for the occasion at the Chapel in Valinhos.
The trip in Portugal ended with a tour of the river and the city of Porto.
Thanks to His Excellency Chevalier Jose Ferreira Coelho and Chevalier Padre Antonio Manuel Martins for a beautiful week in Portugal.
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Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul Convention in Nadur, Gozo. Malta 24-29 June, 2017. The Grand Chapter of Portugal took part in the convention. Photos below from left. Row 1. Chevalier Professor Jose M. Ferreira Coelho Deputy Grand Master in the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul in Nadur. Group photo on Wednesday 28 June in the church of the Sacred Heart in Nadur. Grand Master Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli with Deputy Grand Master Chev. Vince Galtieri on the left and Chevalier Professor Jose M. Ferreira Coelho Deputy Grand Master in the Square of Nadur. Row 2. The procession from the church of the Sacred Heart to the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, 28 June, 2017. Bishop H.E. Mario Grech of Gozo greets the Grand Master H.E. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli. Group photo with Chancellor Chevalier Eddie Vella of the Grand Chapter of Malta, Grand Master Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli, Mrs. Ferreira Coelho and Dame Mary Portelli. Row 3. Chevalier Fr. Antonio Manuel Martins Prior for Portugal with Grand Master Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli and Chevalier Professor Jose M. Ferreira Coelho Deputy Grand Master in Europe. Chevalier Fr. Antonio Manuel Martins during the procession in the Basilica. Group photo at the end of the celebrations in Nadur, with members Mario Sabatini, Mimma Sabatini, Saverio Greto Angela Greto from Melbourne Prof. Jose Ferreira Coelho, Peter Paul Portelli, Mary Portelli, Mrs. Ferreira Coelho, Maria Andronaco from Melbourne and Atanas Kuzmanov of Bulgaria.
PILGRIMAGE TO PORTUGAL 2014
The Chapel of Apparitions, a place usually reserved for high dignitaries, bishops and popes, where the Grand Master and the Portuguese Knights took part in the celebration.
By Cav. Dr. Pedro Laranjeira, Secretary/ Public Relations. On Tuesday 29 July, 2014, Portugal felt highly honoured with an extraordinary dignifying visit from the opposite side of the planet, which linked Australia and Europe in the common humanitarian goals and moral principles embraced by the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter and St. Paul, a Confraternity with its World Headquarters in the City of Melbourne. Grand Master Peter Paul Portelli represented the Confraternity in a Pilgrimage to Portugal, which included a ceremony of great dignity in one of the holiest places on Earth, the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, to impose Insignia to the Portuguese Knights of the Confraternity. The Confraternity’s Grand Master and his wife were initially received with a lunch in Lisbon Geographical Society, organized by the Group of Côrte-Real Studies, followed by a Solemn Session in English in the noble space of “Sala Portugal”. After a warm welcome by President Luís Aires-Barros, the Pilgrims heard lectures by Deputy Grand Master of the Confraternity, Professor Doctor José Ferreira Coelho, Eng. António Mattos e Silva, Architect Luis Soveral Varella and Vice Admiral Alexandre da Fonseca, Director of the Navy Magazine. Prior to the message by Peter Paul Portelli, Pedro Laranjeira shared with the audience the History of the discovery of Australia by the Portuguese Navigator Cristóvão de Mendonça in 1522, a century before the arrival of the first Dutch and 248 years before Captain Cook. Gifts where then exchanged and the Foundation Luciano da Silva offered the visitors some relics and important documents on the History of Portugal, from the Museum in Cavião. José Ferreira Coelho then guided the noble visitors on a tour of some of the most emblematic Monuments where Lisbon illustrates the many Centuries of Portugal’s History. From the dawn of the next day, the Pilgrims travelled to pay devotion to the Mother of Christ on the very place where her apparitions in 1917 took place, in a rural countryside called Cova da Iria, where now a monumental Shrine evokes the Holy space, many times visited by Popes and Heads of State, among millions and millions of Pilgrims from all over the world. The Knights of St. Peter and St. Paul where honoured with a highly dignified ceremony and the celebration of a dedicated Eucharist, in the very centre of the inner circle of the Chapel of Apparitions, a place usually reserved for high dignitaries, bishops and popes, where the Grand Master and the Portuguese Knights took part in the celebration. For nearly one hour and before thousands of devotees, the Chapel received this new generation of Lusitania Paladins, in a special Mass celebrated by Reverend António Martins, himself a Knight of the Confraternity. Medals and Certificates were blessed for the appointing of the eight Portuguese Knights distinguished by the Confraternity. After the celebration, Knight Professor Doctor José Ferreira Coelho was invested in the position of Deputy Grand Master, with Knight Luis Soveral Varella as Grand Prior for Portugal and Knight Pedro Laranjeira as Secretary of the Priory of Portugal and Public Relations Officer of the Confraternity. Professor José Ferreira Coelho offered Grand Master Peter Paul Portelli a beautiful image of Mary, to be held in a place of honour at the Headquarters of the Confraternity in Australia. The Australian pilgrims visited the exhibition "Fatima Light and Peace" and some of the most emblematic national monuments, including the Monastery of Batalha and some of the ex-libris of Portugal’s History around the country’s capital.
Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul presided on the investiture ceremony in Fatima in the same spot where the Virgin Mary appeared to the three young children Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Lúcia de Jesus dos Santos.
This has been a great privilege for the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul to have such a ceremony in the chapel where the apparition took place.
Fr. Manuel Martins said the Mass and blessed the medals. The ceremony was watched by hundreds of pilgrims.
Fr. Manuel Martins, Professor Jose Ferreira Coelho and Dr. Pedro Laranjeira were officially appointed knights of St. Peter & St. Paul to the Chapter of Portugal.
Cavalier Professor Jose Ferreira Coelho was appointed Deputy Grand Master while Cav. Luis Soveral Varella was appointed Grand Prior.
Chevalier Prof. Jose M Ferreira Coelho - Deputy Grand Master - Chevalier Padre Antonio Manuel Martins - Chaplain
Chev. Dr. José Manuel dos Santos Maia Chev. Manuel Beninger Chev. Paulo Martinho
Chev. Padre Paula Carmo Chev. Oscar Pinto Dame Belizanda B Rodrigues Chev. Dr. Jorge A Correia RIP Peter Pedro Laranjeira RIP.