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The Priory of England and the Islands

A Warm Welcome

The Priory of England and the Islands is a part of the Order of St John and is responsible for delivery of the Order’s charitable mission in England and oversees the semi-autonomous Commanderies in Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

The Priory’s main role is to support its well-known subsidiary, St John Ambulance, in its first aid and caring work in the community.

The Order of St John is an Order of Chivalry of the Crown and first came into being around 1080 when a hospital was established in Jerusalem by Benedictine monks to provide care for pilgrims making the long journey to the Holy City.

Since that time the Order has developed and flourished and is now a leading international humanitarian charity, recognised at the United Nations, with around 400,000 volunteers and staff in 40 countries.

St John 2019 – 2022: Serving your communities

Our three-year strategy is the beginning of a new chapter for St John. One rooted in our heritage of supporting the health of our communities. Over the next decade we want to be at the heart of communities, having a positive impact on the people we treat and support, and all St John people.

Find out more about our strategy


Latest News

Priory News: Autumn 2018

Priory News: Autumn 2018 Download PDF Every time that Mike Cunvin and I prepare for the next edition of Priory News, we receive so many heart warming and inspiring stories from readers about volunteers from all areas of St John who go way beyond the call of duty. This edition is once again full of … Continue reading Priory News: Autumn 2018

Director of Priory & International Affairs appointed

Dear Colleagues, It is a real pleasure to announce the appointment of Sarah Duthie as our new Director of Priory & International Affairs. Sarah is currently the Public Engagement Director at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Prior to this, she has held other senior leadership roles within the heritage sector, including working with … Continue reading Director of Priory & International Affairs appointed

Priory News: Summer 2018

Priory News: Summer 2018 Download PDF I hope that you are enjoying this glorious weather which really does seem to have raised people’s spirits. In this summer edition of Priory News you will be able to read about some of the many interesting and exciting activities and events that have taken place here at St … Continue reading Priory News: Summer 2018


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14 August 2014
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