St. Lazarus - Calgary Commandery

About The Calgary Commandery

Welcome to the Calgary 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.

The Grand Priory of the Order in Canada has recently changed its brand to simply SAINT LAZARUS CANADA for common use.

Since 1976, the Calgary Commandery has been active in south Alberta, 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 Calgary Commandery, SAINT LAZARUS CANADA has helped numerous people and organizations and continues to focus on palliative care today in service to humanity.