• LIFE OF THE ORDER


    Commemorative act for dead Italian prisoners of war
    With the participation of His Excellence Aldo Amati, the Ambassador of the Italian Republic in the Czech republic, representatives of the Czech and Italian armies, the mayor of the town of Milovice and members of the Grand...

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  • CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES


    Chevalier Liam Hackett of the Grand Priory of Great Britain wrote....
    I had the pleasure of playing my pipes at a wedding this afternoon in Coatbridge Scotland. I haven't played at a wedding for a number of years so it was an event for me . The money from the afternoon goes...

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  • CHRISTIANITY


    PAPAL CHAPEL FOR THE OPENING OF THE XV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS
    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS “The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all that I have said...

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  • WORLDWIDE ALERT


    Foreign debt in Africa: a sword of Damocles on millions of poor
    The foreign debt that Sub-Saharan African Countries have accumulated over the past few years is an unresolved issue. After the great abolitionist campaign, promoted on the occasion of the Great Jubilee of 2000,...

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LIFE OF THE ORDER
Commemorative act for dead Italian prisoners of war
With the participation of His Excellence Aldo Amati, the Ambassador of the Italian Republic in the Czech republic, representatives of the Czech and Italian armies, the mayor of the town ...
read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
Chevalier Liam Hackett of the Grand Priory of Great Britain wrote....
I had the pleasure of playing my pipes at a wedding this afternoon in Coatbridge Scotland.
I haven't played at a wedding for a number of years so it was an event...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
PAPAL CHAPEL FOR THE OPENING OF THE XV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

“The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all thin...
read more

WORLDWIDE ALERT
Foreign debt in Africa: a sword of Damocles on millions of poor
The foreign debt that Sub-Saharan African Countries have accumulated over the past few years is an unresolved issue. After the great abolitionist campaign, promoted on the oc...
read more


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THE ORDER RANKS & INSIGNIASAccording to its origin and goals, the Order of Saint Lazarus admits to its ranks those who can conform to the Constitutional Charter, lay men and women, single and married, priests and pastors, religious men and women who are either Catholic or belong to the major ecclesial communities. Members of the Order are admitted at the rank which corresponds to their personal situation and have the opportunity to choose the nature of their commitment.

Each member professes the Christian faith, is in good standing with their ecclesial community and participates in the spiritual life of their Jurisdiction in an ecumenical spirit. Men may receive the nomination of Knights, and women may be invested as Dames.

Members must be at least 25 years old. However, it is possible to be received into the Order, following the same criteria, from the age of 18 as an Esquire or Demoiselle. Chaplains must have been ordained in the Catholic Church or one of the major ecclesial communities and be in good standing with their Bishop. Seminarians and students preparing for ordination can be received as novices.

Depending on the nature of their commitment members of the Order can be promoted to the following ranks:

Title (men)Post-nominalTitle (women) Post-nominal
BrotherBLJSisterSLJ
Serving BrotherSBLJServing SisterSSLJ
KnightKLJDameDLJ
Knight CommanderKCLJDame CommanderDCLJ
Knight Grand CrossGCLJDame Grand CrossGCLJ


Clergy can be admitted to the following ranks :

TitlePost-nominal
ChaplainChLJ
Senior ChaplainSChLJ
Ecclesiastical CommanderECLJ
Prelate Grand CrossGCLJ


Members of the Order are committed to lead their lives in an exemplary manner in accordance with the duties and principles of the Catholic Church or ecclesial community to which they belong. All members participate in three vocations of the Order: the spiritual pursuit of Christian unity, charitable activity and the maintenance of the traditions of the Order of Saint Lazarus.
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