The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller of Florida under royal charter and constitution of his late majesty King Peter II is one of the oldest Orders of Chivalry in existence and has raised funds to benefit the sick and the poor of the world since 1048 A.D. Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle is its patroness and holder of the Order's Grand Cross of Justice and Medal of Merit. This benefit gala, on the occasion of the Countess' 100th' birthday, is organized by the OSJ Commandery of Florida, a non-profit, charitable, 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization. Under IRS guidelines, the table reservation price, underwriting, sponsorship, and personal donations to the Order of St. John are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. You are urged to consult your tax advisor in order to take full advantage of this benefit. All of the proceeds of this event will be donated to local not-for-profit organizations and charities. A complete list of beneficiary organizations will be provided, together with your tax receipt following.
The Order's motto: Pro Fide, Pro Utilitate Hominum means "For Faith, For Service to Humanity."
OSJ's heraldic colors are depicted as red and white, described in heraldry as gules and argent. Argent is really silver. However, ancient Heralds who made these decisions weren't about to use expensive silver to decorate armor or use it as paint castle walls. Thus, a basic color like white came to represent "argent" and is still used in this way today. There is no "right" red either. That's up to the heraldic artist, who, if smart, will do the research and use a traditional hue.
Since 1048 AD and before, Knights and Dames of the Order have been on the move. Today, you can click here to see where its World Headquarters, Grand Priories, Priories and the Order's Hospitaller programs and projects are located.
With your help, more sites will be added and continuously updated. Future mapping layers will include more historical detail about the Order and its famous sites dedicated to the care of the sick and poor, as well as its ancient and modern administrative and military locations from the 11th century to today.
We're especially interested in locating all the ongoing OSJ Hospitaller work in the world as well as educating our members through this interactive map about the significance of the OSJ since its inception.
Map Legend: OSJ-GP-P (Stars); Commanderies (Diamonds); Hospitaller Sites (Chart Pins); Investiture Sites (Churches).
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