The Commandery of Saint Benedict is one of the more recently constituted Commanderies within the Grand Bailiwick of England and Wales, and is named after Saint Benedict of Nursia (6th century), the Father of Western Monasticism, who left to the monks of his Order his famous Rule.
The Commandery was formed with 9 founding members, all of whom were formerly members of the Commandery of Avalon. St. Benedict’s jurisdiction covers the City of Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, The Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire, although we are honoured to have members from The Republic of Ireland (Eire), The Federal Republic of Germany, The United States of America, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Hungary and Burma.

The first service of Investiture was held at Bristol Cathedral (formerly the Abbey Church of St. Augustine) on the evening of Friday 27th November 1999. In 2008, the Investiture was moved to St. Mark’s, The Lord Mayors’ Chapel, Bristol.

The Commandery makes annual charitable grants to:

The John Bradburne Memorial Society, U.K. Registered Charity No. 10464483

The John Bradburne Memorial Society relieves people in the area of Mutemwa, Zimbabwe, who are suffering from sickness, hardship and distress from leprosy or other medical causes, through the provision of supplementary food, medicines, medical care, clothing and shelter.

The Ethiopia Link, U.K. Registered Charity No. 1086141

The Ethiopia Link exists to administer, finance and manage in its totality a Children’s Orphanage in Gerji, Ethiopia. The Commandery of St. Benedict pays all staff wages and education costs for the children. Trustees and friends of the charity make regular annual visits.

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