The international Confraternitas Oecumenica Sancti Sepulcri Hierosolymitani with its seat in Bavaria, Germany, has announced that it has awarded the Verdienstkreuz (Honour Cross) in Gold to the Prince-Abbot for his achievements in Alternative Education, Music and Theology and his humanitarian Efforts for Africa. The Cross will be presented at a ceremony later in the year.
The Brotherhood was re-organised in 1987 after the model of the “Jerusalempilger von der ritterlichen Bruderschaft vom Heiligen Lande zu Haarlem” founded in 1394, and has as its Patron the Apostle St Andrew. Its ecumenical membership counts both Old and Roman Catholics as well as Anglicans, Lutherans and members of the Reformed Churches. The Grand Prior is H.E. Dom Klaus Schlapps, OPR, Duke of Saih Nasra, who serves as a member of the Government-in-exile of San Luigi.