The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem
The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem – commonly known as the Order of St John – has a unique combination of features and has its roots in a hospice (hospital) founded in Jerusalem in the 11th century.
The Order is a major international charity, accredited at the United Nations, which provides first aid, health care and support services in over 40 countries around the world through a dedicated team of around 400,000 volunteers and staff.
The Order of St John itself is an Order of Chivalry of the British Crown. Her Majesty The Queen, the Sovereign Head of the Order, honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the work of St John, by awarding membership, at different grades, in the Order.
The Order is a Christian Order, founded on Christian principles and everything it does is inspired by Christian ideals. However, it provides a warm welcome to people of any faith or no faith, who are motivated to share its mission.
The objects and purposes of the Order are stated in its Statutes. The two key objects are:
Unlike other Crown Orders of Chivalry, the Order of St John is very much a working Order.
Mutually Recognised Orders
Working alongside the Most Venerable Order there are four other mutually recognised Orders of St John, all of which come from the same beginnings. These are:
*Susan, a serving member of the Royal Navy was told that she was seriously ill and would be unable to continue her military career. The DMWS Welfare Officer spent a lot of time with Susan, talking through the devastating news.
Besides offering Susan and her family reassurance and support, during an extremely stressful and frightening time, the DMWS Welfare Officer liaised with other agencies and together they provided a package of support, tailored to Susan’s specific needs.
During those early days, the DMWS Welfare Officers also spent time with Susan’s family and offered them reassurance on the treatment plan ahead. They were assisted with accommodation as well as transport to and from the hospital and given information on local services.
DMWS continued to visit Susan daily and supported her and her family throughout her treatment.
Susan and her family have remained in touch with the DMWS Welfare Officers who were there for her and her family during the frightening and stressful diagnosis and treatment plan.
*Name changed to protect confidentiality