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ABBREVIATIONS
Release 5.11
The Order of St John
THE MOST VENERABLE ORDER OF THE HOSPITAL OF ST JOHN OF JERUSALEM (1888)
GCStJ
Bailiff/Dame Grand Cross
KStJ
Knight of Justice/Grace
DStJ
Dame of Justice/Grace
CStJ
Commander
OStJ
Officer
MStJ
Member
Motto, Pro Fide, Pro Utilitate Hominum
(For the faith and in the service of humanity)
The Order of St John, founded in the early 12th century in Jerusalem, was a religious order with a particular duty to care for the sick. In Britain the order was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540 but the British branch was revived in the early 19th century. The branch was not accepted by the Grand Magistracy of the Order in Rome but its search for a role in the tradition of the hospitallers led to the founding of the St John Ambulance Association in 1877 and later the St John Ambulance Brigade; in 1882 the St John Ophthalmic Hospital was founded in Jerusalem. A royal charter was granted in 1888 establishing the Order of St John as a British Order of Chivalry with the sovereign as its head.
Since October 1999 the whole order worldwide has been governed by a Grand Council which includes a representative from each of the 11 priories (England, Scotland, Wales, Hong Kong, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and the USA). In addition there are also five commanderies in Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Western Australia. There are also branches in about 30 other Commonwealth countries. Apart from St John Ambulance, the Order is also responsible for the Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. Admission to the order is usually conferred in recognition of service to either one of these institutions. Membership does not confer any rank, style, title or precedence on a recipient.
SOVEREIGN HEAD OF THE ORDER
HM The Queen
GRAND PRIOR
HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO
Lord Prior, Prof. Mark Compton
Prelate, Rt. Revd Timothy Stevens, CBE
Chancellor, Patrick Burgess, OBE
Sub-Prior, John Mah, QC
Secretary-General, Vice-Adm. Sir Paul Lambert, KCB
International Office, 3 Charterhouse Mews, London EC1M 6BB T 020-7251 3292 W www.stjohninternational.org