The American Delegation of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George organized various Masses for the repose of the soul of the 58th master of the Order, HRH Prince Ferdinand of Bourbon Two Sicilies, on the occasion of his 13th anniversary of death, on March 20, according to the Order’s Statutes.
The American Delegation is particularly grateful and tied to the person of Prince Ferdinand, because it was under his grand mastership that the Delegation began in 1979 and definitively established ten years later. In fact, the Grand Master named the first delegate, and always showed his solicitude for the first Delegation in the new world. The Prince visited the United States with his family in 1981, for the opening of the art exhibition ‘The Golden Age of Naples: Art and Civilization Under the Bourbons, 1734-1805,’ which after having shown at the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, was brought to The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago. The Masses were celebrated in cities with the greatest presence of knights and dames of the Order: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Lake Charles, Newark, New Orleans, New York and Washington, DC. The annual gathering was also an opportunity to pray for all the deceased of the Order, especially the almost-100 American knights and dames who have passed away over the years, and in a particular way all of those who have died in the last year because of the pandemic.