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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, the international humanitarian charity. It is responsible for the delivery of the Order’s charitable mission in England and it 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 – the charity St John Ambulance – in its first aid and caring work in the community.

The Order of St John today is an Order of Chivalry of the British Crown. Its care-giving mission is inspired by the medieval Knights Hospitaller, who established a hospital in Jerusalem in the 11th century to provide aid to sick pilgrims who had made the long journey to the Holy City.

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



Latest News

Chancellor Michael Messinger is appointed Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Islington

Our Chancellor, Mick Messinger, is one of a number of Deputy Lieutenants appointed  by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, all Deputy Lieutenants (DL) appointments being of distinguished residents of Greater London who have served their local community or have a history of service in other fields.   Due to the size and constitutional structure … Continue reading Chancellor Michael Messinger is appointed Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Islington

Remembrance 2020

As the final act of this year’s Remembrance events, Michael Messinger, Chancellor of the Priory of England and the Islands, laid a wreath on behalf of all St John people in the Memorial Garden of the Priory Church in Clerkenwell.   With the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the events have been necessarily smaller … Continue reading Remembrance 2020

Priory News: Autumn 2020

Priory News: Autumn 2020 With COVID-19 still dominating the headlines, we look at St John’s continuing response in articles covering our work on the frontline, as well as our support for NHS Blood and Transplant. The charity continues to provide exemplary service nationally and this is reflected in the incredible total of more than 200,000 … Continue reading Priory News: Autumn 2020


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14 August 2014
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