History of the Order

The united Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus is today an ecumenical organization of Christian hospitallers whose spirit goes back to the Holy Land and the Crusades. With the exception of the Teutonic Order, the Order of Saint Lazarus is the smallest of the chivalric orders with a membership numbering approximately 7000 members in Grand Priories, Priories, Commanderies and Delegations in the five continents. The Order's traditional humanitarian activities are in the field of leprosy but its philanthropic activities today have extended to other fields supporting various medical missions in the developing world.