HM The Queen has been pleased to sanction Canon Mark Soady’s admission as Member (Brother) of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.
The exact date when the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem came in to being is unknown, but Benedictine monks established a hospice ( a place of care) for Christian Pilgrims to Jerusalem about 1080, around the same time as St Mary’s Priory was being created here in Abergavenny. The Order was driven out of Jerusalem 100 years later in 1187.
Queen Victoria recognised and incorporated the modern Order of St John in 1888.The Jerusalem Eye Hospital having been founded in 1882, St John’s Ambulance Brigade & Association in 1877.
The Objects of the Order are twofold: Pro Fide & Pro Utilitate Hominum. The first great principle of the Order is the encouragement of all that makes for the spiritual and moral strengthening of mankind. The Order is also called to promote and encourage all work of humanity and charity for the relief of persons in sickness,distress, suffering or danger, without distinction of race, class or creed.
Fr Mark will be Installed at Llandaff Cathedral on Saturday, June 20th.