Robert David Freese was presented with the Fellowship of the Institute of Arts and Letters (London) at the Reunion of the Central School of Religion held at St Jude’s Free Church of England, Balham, London, on 5 October. Our new Fellow is aged 81. He is a Reader in the Free Church of England and served as Warden at St Jude’s for many years. The award of the Fellowship recognizes his contribution to the Church and to charity. He was one of the early instigators of Wandsworth Oasis, which now operates a local network of charity shops that raises funds for people with HIV/AIDS, and has also volunteered with NACRO.
The Accademia Universitaria Internazionale was established in Italy in 1939 by the late Prince Hugo-José Tomassini Paternò, Head of the Tomasi-Leopardi (Justinian-Heraclian) Imperial House. It was registered with the Ministry of Public Instruction and established partnerships with other educational institutions internationally. Today under Prince Ezra, the current Head of the Imperial House, the Accademia has established reciprocal relationships of partnership, accreditation and recognition with a number of our institutions and divisions.
The Abbey-Principality, the Apostolic Episcopal Church and several of the Abbey-Principality’s dependent institutions have received diplomas of merit from the International Corps for Civil and Health Emergencies, an international humanitarian association incorporated in the State of Wyoming, USA. In addition, the Institute of Arts and Letters (London) has received a Diploma of Merit from the Centre of International Diplomatic Studies “Il Mediterraneo” based in Rome, Italy.
The International College of Arms of the Noblesse has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Collaboration, Partnership, Accreditation and Recognition with the ASAM University and have also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the University. The ASAM University is a private university registered in Rome, Italy, since 1996. For further information, see this page.
The Prince-Abbot has recently been appointed Grand Prior for the United Kingdom of the Order of the Calamian Star of Peace. The Order is awarded by Tagbanwa Tribal Chieftain H.M. Rodolfo Aguilar I, ruler of the Coron Island Ancestral Domain in The Philippines.
The Prince-Abbot, who already holds several honours of the Royal House of Sulu (Philippines), has received the Medal of Solidarity awarded by H.R.H. Princess Dayang-Dayang nur Mahal T. Kiram. The Princess is the sister of Ampun Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram, the current Head of the Royal House of Sulu.
International Corps for Civil and Health Emergencies, Wyoming, USA
The Institute of Arts and Letters, London, has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Collaboration and Partnership with the International Corps for Civil and Health Emergencies, an international humanitarian association incorporated in the State of Wyoming, USA.
Norman Academy, Florida, USA
The Institute of Arts and Letters, London, has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Collaboration, Partnership, Accreditation and Recognition with the Norman Academy, incorporated in the State of Florida, USA. The Norman Academy is a non-profit association concerned with Arts, Letters, Humanities and Human Rights. It is active in the United States, Italy and The Gambia, where the President, H.E. Dr Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, is Honorary Chairman of the Norman Academy. On April 29, 2003, the Norman Academy was recognized by the Government of the Republic of The Gambia as a Moral Entity of Public Utility and of High Culture, with decree no. 246/2003 issued by the Ministry of Justice.
Mgr. Franz Hippolyte Courtens is a mysterious figure about whom little is known at present. He was born in Vive Saint Eloi, part of the bigger municipality of Waregem, Western Flanders Province, Flanders Region, Kingdom of Belgium.
He also lived for many years in a Roman Catholic College in the French city of Tourcoing, Northern France.
During World War One and beyond he served as an intelligence officer for the Vatican and possibly for other Allied governments.
A Roman Catholic, he was awarded the Cross “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” and admitted a knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. He also held the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Thorns, and was appointed a (lay) Monseigneur of the Principality of San Luigi.
In the photograph reproduced above, Mgr. Courtens wears the decoration of a Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Thorns on his right breast.
The Prince-Abbot has received the Commemorative Cross of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Marshal Józef Piłsudski. This is a joint decoration on the initiative of several Polish veteran organizations, patriotic associations, monarchists and former military men. It was made in a circulation of only 300 medals. The Secretary for this award is San Luigi Grand Prior H.E. Dr. Norbert Wójtowicz.