About the Acadia Commandery

Welcome to the Acadia Commandery. The Commandery is part of the Grand Priory in Canada of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem (OSLJ) or simply the "Order". The OSLJ is one of the orders of chivalry to survive the downfall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the attempts by the Crusader knights to win control of the Holy Land. In theory the Order remained a military one, but with the exception of a brief period in the 17th century it played no military role after 1291. The Order of Saint Lazarus is one of the most ancient of the European orders of chivalry. At the very least it dates back to the time of the Crusader knights. From its foundation in the 12th century, the members of the Order were dedicated to two ideals: aid to those suffering from the dreadful disease of leprosy and the defense of the Christian faith.

Today the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem is an international self-governing and independent body, having its own Constitution; it may be compared with a kind of electoral kingdom. According to the said Constitution the Order is nonpolitical, oecumenical or nondenominational, as its membership is open to all men and women being practicing members of the Christian faith in good standing within their particular denomination. Its international membership consists of Roman-catholic, Anglican, Protestant, Orthodox, United, Old Catholic, New Apostolic and other Christians, upholding with their lives, fortunes and honour the principles of Christianity. Traditionally it is organized as a Christian Chivalric Order. The Order is registered in London in accordance with the laws in England.

Since 1974, the Acadia Commandery has been active in the Maritimes, providing aid and assistance to those in need, in particular, to those people who need our help in palliative care. Through the efforts of the Acadia Commandery, the Order has helped numerous people and organizations and continues to focus on palliative care today in service to humanity.