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    Cons Jean Yates died
    One of our former members, Cons Jean Yates, dies today (13th January 2018) after a short illness. She was a devoted servant of Holy Mother Church. May God grant her eternal rest and comfort her family at this time.

  • CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES


    Grand Priory of Great Britain: Burns' Night 2018
    We are planning to celebrate Burns’ Night again this coming year - for practical reasons, a little after the actual date - ours will take place on Friday 2nd March starting at 7.30pm. This has been an excellent evening over...

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    HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD - 51st WORLD DAY OF PEACE
    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

    The year opens in the name of the Mother of God. Mother of God is the most important title of Our Lady. But we might ask why we say Mother of...

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  • WORLDWIDE ALERT


    Still a very slow recovery after the passage of the hurricanes
    The area most affected by recent Hurricane Irma regards the northern islands of the Antilles (see Fides 20/9/2017). The most affected and damaged dioceses are Saint John's-Basseterre, which includes the islands of...

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LIFE OF THE ORDER
Cons Jean Yates died
One of our former members, Cons Jean Yates, dies today (13th January 2018) after a short illness. She was a devoted servant of Holy Mother Church. May God grant her eternal rest and comfort her family at this time. read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
Grand Priory of Great Britain: Burns' Night 2018
We are planning to celebrate Burns’ Night again this coming year - for practical reasons, a little after the actual date -
ours will take place on Friday 2nd March
starting at...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD - 51st WORLD DAY OF PEACE
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS


The year opens in the name of the Mother of God. Mother of God is the most important title of ...
read more

WORLDWIDE ALERT
Still a very slow recovery after the passage of the hurricanes
The area most affected by recent Hurricane Irma regards the northern islands of the Antilles (see Fides 20/9/2017). The most affected and damaged dioceses are Saint John's-Bas...
read more


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THE ORDER HISTORYBefore the Crusades in Jerusalem, outside the walls of the holy city, there was a hospital for lepers under the patronage of Saint Lazarus. It rested under the jurisdiction of the Greek-Melkite Patriarchs of Jerusalem, and was served by a community of Armenian monks. Thus the Order of Saint Lazarus found its origins in this hospital.

Unlike other military and religious Orders who settled in the Holy Land, being protected by the Latin Church, the Order of Saint Lazarus was under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

After the capture of Jerusalem by the Crusaders in 1099, Knights who had contracted leprosy sought treatment at the Hospital of Saint Lazarus. They formed a monastic community, taking religious vows whilst maintaining their chivalric duties; thus creating the charism of the Order of Saint Lazarus as both Military and Hospitaller.

The Hospitallers of Saint Lazarus cared for lepers and welcomed Knights of the other Orders who had contracted this disease. Together they formed an army and fought for their Christian values ​​of life.

During World War II, the Order of Saint Lazarus organized, until 1940, a medical corps on the French front. During the occupation of France, it established a volunteer corps known as the “Volunteers of the Order of Saint Lazarus” which saved many lives during the aerial bombings, particularly in Normandy and Paris.

Its humanitarian activities and patriotism were recognized by the French government in 1945. The latter awarded the Military Cross to the Grand Capitular of the Order in recognition of the brave actions of the Volunteers of the Order of Saint Lazarus throughout the war.

After the conflict, the Knights of Saint Lazarus resumed their Hospitaller activities and their work for Christian unity. In order to achieve this, an agreement was made with Raoul Follereau to resume the fight against leprosy.

To highlight the bridge between the humanitarian vocation and the pursuit of Christian unity, the Order of Saint Lazarus invited Albert Schweitzer to become a Knight. The physician and Pastor of Lambaréné assisted the Order in its African projects.

As a result of these actions the Order of Saint Lazarus has been given official recognition in a number of states: Bolivia, Canada, Austria, Croatia and Hungary.
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