Order of St. George

Frequently Asked Questions


      
  1. What is the Order of St. George?
  2. Why have I been nominated to become a member of the Order of St. George?
  3. Why should I get involved if I were nominated?
  4. What would I get out of the Order as a member?
  5. Who is the head of The Order?
  6. Where is The Order headquartered?
  7. How much time do I have to commit for The Order?
  8. Are there any cost involved?
  9. Are there any hidden costs?
  10.  How is the annual membership fee disbursed?
  11.  Can I make more than a $100.00 charity donation to the foundation of The Order?
  12.  Is a tax receipt issued to me for my charitable donation?
  13.  Are there any other items that are required for membership?
  14.  What if I think I am not worthy enough to receive this award and join The Order?
  15.  What is a Chevalier?
  16.  What are the ranks of The Order?
  17.  What do I have to do to advance through the ranks of The Order?
  18.  Where can I find out more about St. George in general and the history of The Order in particular?
  19.  Where do ceremonies of investiture take place?
  20.  Who will be conducting the ceremony of Investiture?
  21.  Under what authority does the Grand Master have to preside over a Ceremony of Investiture?
  22.  What is a Chivalric Order?
  23.  Is the Order of St. George a Chivalric Order?
  24.  Where does the Order of St. George in Canada place in current world orders?


  1. What is the Order of St. George?
    The Order of St. George, Grand Priory of Canada and the Americas, established in 2003 and registered as a charitable, non-profit corporation in 2006, has a mission of charity and through the Order's Foundation, contributes funding in support of our wounded or fallen military personnel and their immediate families as well as to other worthy causes. The Order — which enjoys the patronage of General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier, CMM, MSC, CD and Vice Patron MGen (Ret'd) Lewis MacKenzie CM, OOnt, MSC and Bar, CD — is based on the principles described in the Statutes which defined the first monarchical secular military Order of Chivalry created in Europe operated, founded by King Károly Róbert of Hungary (also known as Charles 1 of Hungary) as the Fraternal Society of Knighthood of St. George. Although the precise date of its foundation is not known, it was certainly in existence on St. George's Day on the 23rd of April, 1326.   Return
     
  2. Why have I been nominated to become a member of the Order of St. George?
    Membership to The Order is an honour and privilege as it has acknowledged and recognized one's contributions, and in general, is by invitation only.  The person or persons who nominated you had thought that the contribution you have made to either your community or to humanity, has warranted significant recognition and therefore, considered you a candidate for the Order.  Return
     
  3. Why should I get involved if I were nominated?
    Being nominated to the Order is an acknowledgement by the nominator(s), and if accepted, collectively by the Order of your significant contributions and value as a good citizen, and therefore, entering the Order as a peer. The Order is comprised of business leaders, political leaders, nobles, as well as professionals, military personnel, artists and numerous other outstanding individuals from various walks of life, who willingly and happily become your new friends and colleagues. By becoming involved with the Order, it provides for plenty of opportunities to cultivate new relationships and connections during the Order's gala events and, if one desires, through actively contributing in the development and growth of the Order.  Return
     
  4. What would I get out of the Order as a member?
    There are three benefits that one can derive from being a member of the Order. First among these is the satisfaction derived from having contributed towards worthy charitable projects through the Order's Foundation. Secondly, the numerous opportunities to cultivate new relationships and connections with individuals who may not normally be part of your usual circles of family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances, providing potential business or personal opportunities which may be of benefit to you. And thirdly, you will experience strong elevated feelings of comaradarie, friendship, and morality through the continued practice of the ancient ideals of chivalry in the 21st century, both within and external to the Order by its outstanding members.  Return
     
  5. Who is the head of The Order?
    The Chevalier Gareth J. Green, CD, KGCStG, Grand Master of The Order in Canada and The Americas.  Return
     
  6. Where is The Order headquartered?
    The Grand Magistry of the Grand Priory of Canada and The Americas is based in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.  The Spiritual Home of The Order in North America is Christ Church – Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The Order was established in Canada on the 3rd of March, 2003.  Return
     
  7. How much time do I have to commit for The Order?
    None.  This is not a ‘working’ Order.  There are no monthly meetings that you are required to attend.  You are however, requested to attend one annual ceremony of investiture to support those new Postulants entering The Order. In addition, as with any charitable organization, volunteers are always welcomed to assist in the Order's operations, projects, and other relevant functions. Contact the Order by clicking here for opportunities.  Return
     
  8. Are there any cost involved?    
    Yes.  You will be asked to forward a ‘Fee of Passage’, a sum which will be communicated to you should you by your nominator.  This sum will include the cost of the following: the regalia you will require as a member of The Order comprising a Knights Fighting Habit; a fully emblazoned wire woven badge sewn on the left breast of the habit; a neck insignia comprising a gold and white enamelled cross florry embossed with the emblem of St. George and the Dragon on a red enamelled oval panel; all suspended from a blood red neck ribbon;  a Brevet Scroll detailing your membership and seniority date within The Order; and also includes the first year’s annual membership fee (also communicated to you by your nominator).  Return
     
  9. Are there any hidden costs?
    No.  The annual membership fee of $150.00 is fixed.  However, over a period of time, this sum may need adjusting in accordance with cost of living (or any extraneous expenditure). It is anticipated that any increase will be of a minimal nature.  Return
     
  10.  How is the annual membership fee disbursed?
    Currently, $50.00 will be used to cover the administrative costs of The Order.  The remaining $100.00 will be placed in the Order's Foundation.  Return
     
  11.  Can I make more than a $100.00 charity donation to the foundation of The Order?
    Yes.  In any amount that is within your own means and may be submitted electronically by visiting the Order's Foundation page.  Return
     
  12.  Is a tax receipt issued to me for my charitable donation?
    Yes, we are a registered charity and are able to issue tax receipts for donations to The Order. Submitting a donation online to the CanadaHelps link on the Order's Foundation page will generate an automatic and official tax receipt transmitted to you via email.  Return
     
  13.  Are there any other items that are required for membership?
    No.  There may be some items offered to the membership from time to time such as crested t-shirts and baseball caps etc. but these would be optionally purchased as a personal item by each individual member.  Return
     
  14.  What if I think I am not worthy enough to receive this award and join The Order?
    The determination of your worthiness is in the eyes of the beholder.  It is a judgement that will already have been made by the person(s) proposing and seconding you for membership to The Order.  The fact that you have been selected is a recognition of your contribution to either your community or to humanity in general.  Your proposed inclusion into The Order is a gift for the life works you have already achieved.  Return
     
  15.  What is a Chevalier?
    Chevalier, is the title given to a male member of The Order and denotes knighthood within the Order.  A female member is addressed as 'Dame of The Order.'  The style of Chevalier is generally accepted in Europe as the translation for Knight and the style is bestowed on persons who are members of certain Orders of Knighthood.  Return
     
  16.  What are the ranks of The Order?
    Ranks of The Order are: Knight; Knight Commander; Knight Grand Cross.  Female rankings follow suit with the word Dame substituted as appropriate.  Return
     
  17.  What do I have to do to advance through the ranks of The Order?
    By being recognized as having significantly contributed to the betterment of The Order in several of the following ways; by continuing to uphold the beliefs of The Order as laid down in the Constitution; by recruiting new members for The Order; by serving The Order in an official capacity; by continuing to work for humanity and your community or country in general.  Return
     
  18.  Where can I find out more about St. George in general and the history of The Order in particular?
    By referring to the following: your local library; the internet; our web site at: www.orderstgeorge.ca which contains a comprehensive and scholastic source of information, analysis and details pertaining to the history, the laws and emblems of the Order.  Return
     
  19.  Where do ceremonies of investiture take place?
    The spiritual home of the Grand Priory in Niagara Falls, Ontario or in the Spiritual Home of a newly consecrated  Commandarie of The Order such as Ottawa or Toronto, Ontario.  Return
     
  20.  Who will be conducting the ceremony of Investiture?
    The Ceremony of Investiture is presided over by the Grand Master of The Order (or by an officer nominated by the Grand Master to perform the ceremony ) – assisted by his officer's and other members of The Order.  Return
     
  21.  Under what authority does the Grand Master have to preside over a Ceremony of Investiture?
    By the power invested in him, as Grand Master, as described in the Charter of Mandate of The Order of St. George in Canada.  This document was issued under seal and was publicly pronounced at the inauguration of the Canadian Priory, held at Christ Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on the 1st  March 2003.   Return
     
  22.  What is a Chivalric Order?
    A Chivalric Order is a group of people organized in some formal manner such as a confraternal society conforming to and practicing chivalric ideals and having as its purpose, some charitable and/or honorific functions. Click here for a more detailed answer with citations.  Return
     
  23.  Is the Order of St. George a Chivalric Order?
    The Order of St. George is a legal charitable corporation founded under the laws of Canada, and has as its operating model, a confraternal organization for the purpose of charitable works while embracing chivalric virtues as part of its organizational culture. Click here for a more detailed answer with citation.  Return
     
  24.  Where does the Order of St. George in Canada place in current world orders?
    The world currently has only a handful of chivalric orders which continue to exist today with an unbroken lineage from their inception by an European monarch in the mediaeval period. The Order of St. George, like most other orders in existence today, was created as a confraternal organization, however, this Order has as its inspiration, the Statutes of the original Fraternal Society of Knighthood of St. George established by King Károly Róbert of Hungary in 1325-1326. Click here for a more detailed answer with citation.  Return