The modern aid organisation
The Order of St John, formally known as The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, is a working Order of Chivalry and a modern organisation delivering first aid, healthcare and support services around the world. St John promotes physical, mental and spiritual health and resilience in more than 35 countries, mostly in the Commonwealth. The Order delivers its charitable activities through local St John Ambulance organisations and the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.
Each Year, St John organisations train more than 2 million people in first aid and other healthcare activities. Worldwide, St John treats over 1.2 million and reaches more than 2.5 million beneficiaries with its services. St John is linking local communities to national health services and increase community resilience through its programmes.
A Royal Order of Chivalry
The Order of St John is a Royal Order of Chivalry first constituted as such by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in 1888. Currently, King Charles III is the Sovereign Head of The Order of St John.
The Order follows the twin motto of
Pro Fide and Pro Utilitate Hominum
(for the Faith and in the Service of Humanity).
The Order of St John is a Christian Order, found on Christian principles and all its work is motivated by Christian ideals. However, all services are open to everyone, and members and volunteers come from all faiths and no faith. Christian clerics look after the welfare of St John staff and volunteers, as do Imams and Buddhist monks in some of the countries where St John operates.