Orders of St Lazarus - St John - Templars
L'Ordre en Terre sainte
Author: Krzysztof Blachnicki
The Military & Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem has, since its reunification, striven to change its structure to suit the modern world, organizing itself into a formal legal foundation to better function within the framework requirements demanded of associations and non-governmental organizations by the modern world. Since 2005, the order has operated as a registered company in the United Kingdom, defined as an unincorporated or voluntary association constituted under the constitution adopted in 2006. In 2014, steps were undertaken to set up a private foundation to serve as a non-profit organization regulated by Spanish legal provisions. The International Hospitaller Foundation of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem serves to coordinate worldwide initiatives involving assistance, healthcare, attending to the sick and needy, and promoting humanism and Christian values carried out by organizations of different nationalities under the banner of St Lazarus. To further ensure a legally sound internationally functioning organization, the order has encouraged its various jurisdictions to ensure their legal status within the country they function and enter into a memorandum of association with the International Hospitaller Foundation.
Patriarch Cyril VIII Jaha of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the order's spiritual protector (1910–1916)