Ambassador Col. Karen Cantrell Orders and Societies
Ambassador Cantrell has always enjoyed taking part in a diverse range of honorable positions during her lifetime, not unlike many others she has always enjoyed kudos and appreciation more than either money or power. She has said, “it has always been important to me to help others less fortunate than myself.”
Secretary General of the United States Grand Priory of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem
The Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem is a chivalric organization pursuing humanitarian and philanthropic activities worldwide. I currently serve as the Secretary General of the Grand Priory of the United States of America.
The Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem is the modern day embodiment of a distinguished past which will go down in history for all ages. The spirit of that work many centuries ago can still be seen in the modern efforts of the order today.
The United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem was established in 1995 as a chivalric organization emulating the noble ideals of the medieval but extinct Order of Saint Lazarus. In that year, the Grand Priories of England and Scotland combined to create this new Lazarite organization. Today, the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus continues its Hospitaller and philanthropic work in 50 different jurisdictions around the world and is spread in six continents.
Learn more about The Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.
The Royal Confraternity of Saint Theotonius, founded the 2nd of November of 2000, under the Royal Protection of Dom Miguel de Bragança, Duke of Viseu, Infante of Portugal, is a secular organization of the faithful with common ends, a group of men willingly desiring to defend the origins and Christian values, maintain and honor the spirit of and remember and promote devotion to Saint Theotonius.
Learn more about the Royal Confraternity.
The Knights of the Orthodox Order of Saint John Russian Grand Priory is committed to the ancient ministry of our forebearers: caring for pilgrims, ministering to the poor and unfortunate, promoting the love of God, and living a godly life. We can proudly say that our Order admits all who love God and who sincerely promise to promote the dignity of life through our love for our neighbors, wherever and whoever they may be.
By our charitable acts and giving we help promote the dignity of every human being and build up the vision of the city of God for which we all pray and hope and strive.
Learn more about the Order of the Orthodox Knights of St. John.
Imperial Order of the Star of Ethiopia – Dame Grand Cross
The Order of the Star of Ethiopia was founded by Emperor Menelik II in 1884-85, in his capacity as Negus of Shoa,26 and before he became Emperor of Ethiopia (in 1889). It is one of the older awards in the Imperial pantheon. It was originally awarded, according to Montandon, in five levels, plus une catégorie speciale. However, at that time, it was listed as being in three classes, with two sub-grades. The First Class was the Grand Cross; the Second Class grade of Grand Officer was Second Class avec plaque; the Second Class grade of Commander, was without the plaque; the Third Class grade of Officer was with rosette; the Third Class grade of Chevalier (or Member, in the English parlance) was without the rosette. It would seem that there was a conscious effort at the time to emulate the French structure as indicated by the Legion d’Honneur.
Learn more about the Imperial Order of the Star of Ethiopia, the many orders associated with them and their good deeds and missions by visiting their website.