In Commemoration of the 820th Anniversary of the founding of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Teutonic Order of St. Maria of Jerusalem of Swabia, the ceremony was held in an elegant atmosphere at the Hotel "Il Piccolo Castello" in Monteriggioni (SI), Italy.
The celebrations was preceded by Holy Mass held in the private hall of the "Piccolo Castello" and officiated by Mons. Santino Spartà and Mons. Sergio Maurizio Soldini - Spiritual fathers of the Order. After Mass, according to the wishes of the Grand Master, proceeded with the consecration of postulates in the investiture of Knights and Ladies.
The ceremony was opened with the anthem of the Order, executed by HE Roland Schwantes, Grand Prior of Germany and Austria with the accompaniment of Dr. Gionatan Caradonna, arranger and one of the authors of the hymn.
At the same day, an Act of Alliance between the Order and the Hoch-und Freundeskreis Deutschmeister Mannheim / Baden, represented by the Grand Master and HE Gen.Martin H. Wiegand, Grand Collar of the Order. During lunch breaks, diplomas and awards were handed. Comm. Bernd Hoehle, representing the Priory of Germany gave the Grand Master the gold pin of the "President's Volunteer Service Award" and the certificate, signed by President Obama. The award was created by Ex President George W. Bush in 2002 to honor the commitment of voluntary activity.