Union Corps San Lazare International joins the United Grand Priories (April 2012)
Decree issued by the Knighthood of Honour of the Union Corps Saint Lazarus International accepting the Supreme Grand Prior of the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem as Grand Protector of the Lazarus Union
The Union Corps San Lazare International has, for these last four years now, been constantly working in alliance with the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in order to further Lazarite Hospitaller work worldwide. The Union CSLI, with its offices in Austria, have progressed throughout these years from an Austrian Lazarite phenomenon into a fully fledged international Lazarite operation. In January 2012, the Board of Governors of the Union CSLI unanimously voted to change its constitution so as to ensure that the Grand Protector of the Union CSLI would also be the Supreme Grand Prior of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.
With this addendum, the Union CSLI became a fully fledged member of the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, with its two senior officers representing the Union CSLI within the Supreme Grand Priory of the Order.
During the April 2012 solemn investiture of the Order of Saint Lazarus, which formed part of the First International Lazarite Symposium held at the Knights' of Malta's Sacra Infermeria, in Valletta, a delegation of the Lazarus Union CSLI led by its President and Union Commander in Chief Senator Wolfgang Steinhardt and also composed of several high ranking officers of the CSLI was present for the event in question.
During the International Lazarite Symposium, the Union CSLI delegation fully participated in the international exchange of ideas on the goals and methods of the various Lazarus organizations. Speakers from Europe and America presented their organizations and their Hospitaller goals and conducted discussions related to the modern tools needed in marketing for the international Lazarite community.
On Saturday, the investiture ceremony was celebrated in the most impressive Sacra Infermeria, historically being the biggest hospital of the Knights of Malta. The Knights' hall is 160 meters long, 10.5 meters wide, and 11 meters high.
Chaired by the Grand Prior of the United Grand Priories, H.E. Richard Comyns of Ludston after an impressive procession in front of the former hospital's gates (currently Malta's largest conference centre) and the never ending march past of the knights and dames, guests and delegates, the investiture ceremony commenced. One of the highlights of the solemn investiture was indeed the declaration of the overall protectorate of the Knighthoodship of Honour of the Lazarus Union-CSLI by the Supreme Grand Prior.
In the course of this take-over the Grand Chancellor of the United Priories, Chev. Max J. Ellul and H.E. Richard Comyns of Ludston, the Supreme Grand Prior of the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, stressed and publicly pledged in front of almost 1000 participants from 17 countries that from this investiture onwards: "...every good deed done for the Lazarus Union is also a good deed done for the United Grand Priories, but every attack on the Lazarus Union is considered also an attack on the United Grand Priories."
In return, the high ranking delegation of the Union CSLI, led by Senator Wolfgang Steinhardt, took the oath of membership of the United Grand Priories and pledged their allegiance to the Supreme Grand Prior of the Order.
The Lazarus Union is now firmly ingrained within the United Grand Priories and its close synergy with the United Grand Priories during these past four years augur well for this new chapter within the international Lazarite community wherein the main aim of such a joining of forces is solely the increase of Lazarite awareness and Hospitaller work worldwide.