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The Priory in the USA


The Priory in the USA of the Order of St John is a 501(c)(3) registered charity, funded by Members and external donors.  The Priory receives additional support from its endowment. 

The majority of funds raised are given to the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group, and other designated charities as approved by the Priory Chapter and membership. The Order is regularly audited, and publishes an annual report.

History

In 1957, the Priory in the USA of the Order of St John was incorporated in New York and recognized by the IRS as a public charity for the purpose of supporting the international humanitarian endeavors of St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group. 

In 2008, the Priory in the USA (previously located in New York City) permanently relocated to Washington, DC, in order to advance its mission and more effectively partner with similar organizations and volunteers. 

 In 1999, the Order of St John, which has over 25,000 Members worldwide, was granted Special Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Order worldwide encompasses two charity arms: St John Ambulance, a leading global first aid, and healthcare service whose global volunteers number over 250,000 in 42 countries, and the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group.

Helping to Create a Brighter Future in the Holy Land

In honoring the vow they take upon joining the Order, Members of the Priory in the USA have raised millions of dollars over the years to support the work of St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, its hospital in Hebron, satellite eye clinics in Gaza and the West Bank, and mobile outreach, training, teaching and research programs. The Priory also provides and organizes substantial donations of medical supplies and equipment to support the Hospital's work. The Priory encourages Members to fundraise in their local areas for much-needed cornea transplants and other operations.

Other Activities of the Priory in the USA

As one of 11 international Priories of the Order of St John, the Priory in the USA has supported the Grand Prior's Appeal for the Priory of South Africa for its Home-Based Care Training Program, St. John programs in Sri Lanka and in Canada, and renovation projects for the Order's Church crypt and museum in London. On a broader scale, members of the Priory in the USA responded to (among other disasters) the tsunami in Asia, Hurricane Katrina, and the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe by providing medical equipment, supplies and financial support to relief efforts.

Officers

Prior Palmer C. Hamilton
Chancellor  Douglas L. Paul
Vice-Chancellor, Community   Vacant
Vice-Chancellor, Volunteer Corps  Col (Ret.) D. Gray Heppner, Jr., MD
and Richard F. Southby, PhD (Med)
Vice-Chancellor, East  William M. Matthews
Vice-Chancellor, West   Philip E. Bowles III
Sub-Prelate  The Right Rev'd Stacy F. Sauls
Treasurer    Nigel G. Heath
Secretary       Lorna J. Gladstone, PhD
Hospitaller       Anne Louise Coleman, MD, PhD
Historiographer Maxwell W. Hudgins Jr., PhD
Geneaologist John M. Shannon
Protocol Advisor   COL (Ret) Howell Crawford Sasser Sr.
Director of Ceremonies   David A. Williams, DMin

Chapter Members

Term Ending 2017

Joseph MacDonald Dealey Jr.
Lorna Jury Gladstone, PhD
Palmer Clarkson Hamilton, Esq.
Kazie Metzger Harvey
Nigel Graham Heath
William Morrison Matthews
Maxey Jerome Roberts

Term Ending 2018

Julian Victor Brandt III

Kenneth Avril Forde, MD, FACS
Carolyn Seipp Goltra
Dennis Clair Hensley 
Thomas Morgan Hyers, MD
Brantley Carter Bolling Knowles
Victoria Mary Sheffield

Chapter ending 2019

Anne Louis Coleman, MD, PhD
Kathryn Spotswood Lines Cox
Patricia Staples Horne Dresser
John Macaskill
Marcia Virginia Mayo
Bruce E. Spivey, MD
The Rev'd Deacon Robert J. A. Zito, JD

Priory Staff

Executive Director     Brian Sayers: BSayers@saintjohn.org
Events & Membership Communications Director  Louisa Boyle: lboyle@saintjohn.org
Development Director   Kevin Blackerby: KBlackerby@saintjohn.org
Membership Administrator Marisol Ruelas: MRuelas@saintjohn.org
Technical Administrator Fendey Jean-Baptiste: FJean-Baptiste@saintjohn.org

                                                     

Contact the Priory in the USA

Priory in the USA of the Order of St John
1850 M Street NW, Suite 1070
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 510-9691
EIN: 13-6161455
prioryusa@saintjohn.org