HE The Delegate for Great Britain and Ireland of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George
ANTHONY BAILEY, OBE, GCSS,
Anthony Bailey is Delegate for Great Britain and Ireland of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George. He previously served as Delegate from 2003 – 2006 and was later reappointed in 2012 and 2016. Anthony simultaneously serves by appointment of the Grand Master as the Order’s worldwide Magistral Delegate for Inter-Religious Relations, Secretary General of the Royal Order of Francis I and Deputy of the Royal Deputation within the Order’s Grand Magistry in Rome. Anthony holds the rank of Knight Grand Cross of Merit and Gold Benemerenti Medal of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George and Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I.
As Delegate, Anthony together with the vice delegate and council represents the Order during masses, religious ceremonies and special events held in Britain and Ireland. The Delegate chairs the Council for the Delegation where matters concerning membership, charitable giving, events organisation, pilgrimages, investitures and administration are discussed throughout the year and reports prepared for onward submission to the high authorities of the Grand Magistry of the Order headquartered in Rome.
Over the years Anthony has co-ordinated many high level visits made by the Order’s Prince and Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Castro and the Grand Prior, HE Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino to London, Dublin, Belfast, Armagh and Birmingham. He has also been responsible for numerous high profile religious and special events held in Britain, Ireland and Gibraltar in the presence of senior religious and state personalities from home and abroad.
As part of his role, Anthony also co-ordinates the Order’s longstanding inter-religious dialogue initiatives aimed at fostering deeper relations among Christian denominations and other faiths such as the Muslim and Jewish communities. In 2012 Anthony was awarded the prestigious Sternberg Interfaith Gold Medallion in recognition of his contribution to interfaith relations in Britain.
Anthony is a Governor of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster since 2005 and a Patron of the Faiths Forum for London. Previously he served on the boards of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, the Association of Papal Orders in Ireland, the Catholic Union of Great Britain, the Dignitatis Humanae Institute and the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East and the UK Board of Co-operation Ireland.
In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Anthony a Knight Grand Cross of the Pontifical Order of Pope St Sylvester (GCSS) having in 2004 been invested as a Knight Commander (KCSS) by Pope John Paul II. In 2017 Anthony was also promoted to the rank of Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (GCHS) within the Lieutenancy of Ireland. In the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours List in Britain Anthony was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to inter-faith relations and charity.
Anthony is a Freeman of the City of London and of the City of Glasgow. In 2014 he was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the College of Teachers at the University of London. Anthony was educated at The Douay Martyrs School, Ickenham, and later graduated with honours in Central and Eastern European studies from SSEES-UCL in 1991. He is a Board Member of the Waterford Museum of Treasures in Ireland.