We are the Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) commandery of the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller.
Pro Fide, Pro Utilitate Hominum For Faith, For Service to Humanity
The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller ~ Victoria Commandery comprises of membership of persons with extensive background of voluntary contribution to a variety of charitable organizations in our community, and elsewhere, working for the betterment of those who are in need ~ aiding the sick and the poor.
The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, is defined as a Christian, Knightly, chivalric, ecumenical, international organization, where the principle objectives are Charity and the Defense of the Christian Religion against Atheism. True also to its traditions, the Order upholds the ideals of a free world and the rights of men and women as defined in the Universal Declaration of the United Nations.
It inspires to make a contribution, strictly Christian, to the formation of human and spiritual leadership. The community is made up of persons who are distinguished by their origin, education, upbringing, capacities and worthy deeds.
While taking an established and indispensable hierarchy into account, the order adopts the principle of social equality of all its Members.
Persons are invited to enter the Order, who are recognized for their achievements and contributions to their community, as well as their desire to contribute to goals of the Order.
The Commandery ~ The basic unit of the Order is the Commandery.
Commanderies are formed by the decision of the Grand Priory of the Americas or Le Petit Counseil (the executive body of the order) upon the recommendation of the Prior and Grand Prior within whose jurisdiction the Commandery is to be established and that decision is subject to the Grand Master™'s approval.
The Commander is the administrative head of a Unit and is elected by its Members. The election is confirmed by the Prior and Grand Prior within whose jurisdiction the Unit is established. Final approval is given by the Grand Master. The Commander upholds the Constitution of the Order, the principles of caring for the sick and poor.