Governance of the Cuban Association

The Cuban Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta is governed by a Governing Council which is elected by the Association’s Chapter General. The day to day affairs of the Association are managed by the High Officers, who are elected by the Chapter General, and other officers of the Association which are appointed by the Governing Council.


The Chapter General is the supreme body of the Cuban Association of the Order of Malta. It is comprised of all members of the Order ascribed to the Cuban Association. Its function is to elect the members of the Governing Council, to consider and vote upon changes to the Statutes of the Association and to consider and deal with the issues facing the Association.

Governing Council

The Cuban Association is governed by a Governing Council comprised of the High Officers (President, Vice President, Chancellor, Hospitaller, and Treasurer) and such additional Counselors as are appointed by the Chapter General (currently nine in number) and the Head Chaplain and the Delegate in Puerto Rico.

Other than the Head Chaplain and the Delegate in Puerto Rico, who are ex officio members appointed by the Governing Council, the High Officers are elected to a four year term and the Counsellors to a two year term, by majority vote at a Chapter General of the Association called for such purpose. The Chapter elected the new Governing Council on June, 2011, for a period of four years. In June 2013, another election took place to elect the new Counsellors renewed every two years.

Once elected, the members of the Governing Council must be approved by the Sovereign Council of the Order. The members of the Governing Council are eligible to serve successive terms. A vote of 75 percent of those voting is required to serve three or more consecutive terms.


As of October, 2017, the members of the Governing Council during the period 2017-2019 are as follows:

President: Excmo. Sr. Ing. D. Juan José Calvo y de Dios, Caballero de Gracia Magistral

Vicepresident: Excmo. Sr. Dr. D. Juan Tomas O’Naghten y Chacón, Conde de Casa Bayona, Caballero Gran Cruz de Honor y Devoción en Obediencia

Chancellor: Ilmo. Sr.  D. Luis Parajón y González, Caballero de Gracia Magistral en Obediencia

Hospitaller: Excmo. Sr. Dr. D. José Joaquín Centurión y López-Oña, Caballero Gran Cruz de Honor y Devoción en Obediencia

Treasurer: Ilmo. Sr. D. John H. B. Harriman, Caballero de Gracia Magistral


–  Ilmo. Sr. Dr. D. Lodovico Blanc y Lante Della Rovere, Barón de Blanc, Caballero de Gracia y Devoción en Obediencia, Herald
–  Ilmo. Sr. D. Fernando Coello de Portugal, Caballero de Honor y Devoción, Vice Chancellor
–  Ilmo. Sr. D. Mauricio Fernández Ferrán, Caballero de Gracia Magistral, Vice Hospitaller

–  Ilmo. Sr. D. Ángel Gallinal y Vals, Vice Treasurer

–  Ilmo. Sr. Ing. D. Manuel Menéndez y Medina, Caballero de Gracia Magistral
–  Ilmo. Sr. Dr. D. Luis Miguel O’Naghten y Chacón, Conde de Gibacoa, Caballero de Honor y  Devoción, Master of Ceremonies
–  Ilma. Sra. Dña. María Cristina Santos y Vega de Díaz, Dama de Gracia Magistral, Delegate for Confraternal Affairs

–  Ilmo. Sr. Dr. Col. D. Emilio T. González Mazorra, Caballero de Honor y Devoción
–  Ilmo. Sr. Dr. Alessandro Simone Salamone Reitano, Caballero de Gracia Magistral, Delegate for Communications
–  Ilmo. Sr. Dr. D. Alberto de Cárdenas y Mendive, Caballero de Gracia Magistral, Director of the Admissions Committee

–  Ilmo. Sr. D. Fernando Capablanca, Director of Assitance Programs in Cuba

– Ilmo. Sr. Dr. D. José A. Garrido, Jr., Caballero de Gracia Magistral

– Ilma. Sra. Dña. Giselle Halphen de Torres, Dama de Gracia Magistral, Director of Spirituality

– Ilma. Sra. Dña. Marta Maria Centurión de Centurión, Dama de Honor y Devoción, Director of Peregrinations



– Excmo. Sr. Dr. D. Fernando Tomas García-Chacón y Chacón, Marqués de Salinas, Bailío Gran Cruz de Honor y Devoción en Obediencia



– Ilmo. Sr. Lic. D. José Santiago y González, Caballero de Gracia Magistral en Obediencia, Jefe de la Delegación de Puerto Rico


– Excmo. y Rvdmo. Monseñor D. Tomas G. Wenski, Arzobispo de Miami, Capellán Conventual Ad-Honorem