The Order of Saint Lazarus is an Order of Chivalry that has been operating for more than 900 years in the service of humanity and to defend Christianity. In a worldwide community the Order is guided by it’s believes of love to ease burdens for people in need and inspire members to a life following guidelines of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the order is:
The Order of Saint Lazarus was founded at a leper hospital 1098 by crusaders in the Holy Land. Gerard Tenque who was the first Grand Master of the Order also founded The Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (later known as the Order of Malt). The first Papal bull who confirms The Order was signed on the date of February 15th, 1113.
Medical and social engagements of The Order have grown to position The Order as an important international aid agency. The Priory of Sweden has focused to be involved in medical support operations in Senegal, Gambia and Baltic countries during decades. These continuous operations have created a history of aid support and further reading is found under Hospitaller operations.
ATAVIS ET ARMIS!”The periods of history come and go, social contexts change, but the Christian vocation to live the Gospel in solidarity with the human family does not vary or go out of fashion.”Pope Benedict XVI, 6 September 2009