individuals who are interested in joining the Order must be
members of the one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church before
they can be admitted to the Order. A copy of your certificate
of Baptism is required, and can be e-mailed to:
those who are interested in joining the Catholic Church, a Catechetical
Program is offered by the Order under the direction of the
Grand Prior, Fr. Raymond V. Dunn, J.D., OSJ. Individuals who
join the Catholic Church through this program may choose to
join the Order after their conversion, or they may live their
lives as Catholics without joining the Order. We welcome any
individual into this program who wishes to serve Christ the
King in the one, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
All individuals who are interested in joining the Order are
required to take the Oath
Against Modernism, which was written by Pope St. Pius X,
prior to admission into the Order. A copy
of the oath must be printed out, signed, and e-mailed to us
at: KnightsofSaintJohn@gmail.com. The oath will be made publicly
during the induction ceremony into the Order.
Only priests may be memebrs of another order while they are
active members of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.
No member of the Order may be a member of any secret, Masonic
or anarchistic society or any other organization that has been
condemned by the Catholic Church.
All members of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem are required
to live according to the Code of the Sovereign
Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.
All members of the Order are required to wear the Maltese
All members of the Order are required to be certified in CPR
and First Aid. See the hospitaller
requirements section for more information.
All members of the Order are required to pray for the Catholic
Church and the Pope with the prayers
proscribed by Pope Leo XIII at least weekly. These prayers
are said at the end of the Latin Mass.
All members of the Order are asked to pray for our Spiritual
Consultant, Bishop Joseph Mar Thomas, during the Mass in the
prayers for the Church and Ecclesiastical Authorities.
All members of the Order are asked to pray for the living and
deceased members of the Order during the Mass at the Commemoration
of the Living and the Commemoration of the Dead.
All members of the Order are required to pray the Rosary, or
a portion thereof, daily.
All members of the Order are required to pray for their country
and government at least weekly. For citizens of the United States
of America, the Prayer
for Our Government by Archbishop Caroll, A.D. 1800,
A number of Catholic liturgies have historically been used in
the Order, including the Tridentine Mass, Eastern Catholic and
Orthodox liturgies. The Latin
Mass is and historically has been the form of the Roman
Catholic liturgy that is used in the Order. When attending the
Roman Catholic Mass, members who have been formally invested
in the Order are required to attend this historical form of
the liturgy. Liturgies from the Eastern Churches may also be
All knights, squires and legionnaires of St. John are required
to maintain themselves in good physical condition. The FITT
Principle should be used to guide physical training programs.
Training programs should be sent to both the Grand Master and
the Grand Marshal for review.
All new members of the Order must complete the Admission
Program after admission into the Order. Each individual
must complete the program prior to his formal investiture.
There is no application fee, and no fee for members in training.
Please see the Schedule of Costs
for more detailed information regarding the costs of membership
in the Order.