The Prince-Abbot has been honoured with the title of Duke of Samos awarded by the House Polanie-Patrikios. The Head of the House, the Most Revd. Prince Kermit William Poling, is the direct descendant of at least eleven of the Byzantine emperors. He is a member of clergy of the Order of Antioch and was honoured with membership in the San Luigi Orders by the late Prince-Abbot Edmond II. Today he holds the office of Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of the San Luigi Orders.