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Our Mission

As part of the worldwide Order of St John, the Priory in the USA exists to fulfill this mission:

  • To encourage the spiritual and moral strengthening of mankind in accordance with the first great principle of the Order, Pro Fide;
  • To promote the relief of sickness and suffering without discrimination of race, gender, class, or creed in accordance with the second great principle of the Order, Pro Utilitate Hominum; and
  • To cooperate with other organizations having similar objectives. 

Our Mission in Action 

The Order of St John is and has always been apolitical, and its work furthers the cause of peace in the Middle East. In a land where ethnic and religious divisions still fester and the situation changes daily, The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group has made real the ideal of peoples united, not divided, by their faiths. Inspired by Christian ideals, the hospital treats mostly Muslim patients with the help of many Jewish physicians who assist in training. 

For many years the Hospital Group battled trachoma, a disease that once regularly blinded thousands and still reappears occasionally. The Hospital Group has always dealt with traumatic injuries to the eyes, whether as the result of industrial or domestic accidents or violence. It also treats inherited diseases, such as the congenital cataracts common in the Palestinian community, as well as all other diseases of the eye, from amblyopia to glaucoma.