The Royal Byelorussian Protectorates comprise a group of Orders concerning which the Prince of Miensk exercises a role as Protector, as well as the Regency of Lomar for which the Prince (in his role as Prince-Abbot of San Luigi) is Royal Protector.
Royal Byelorussian Protectorate of the Orthodox Order of the Knights Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem
The Sovereign Orthodox Order of the Knights Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem is a direct descendant of the world’s oldest order of chivalry. Founded around 1023 by Blessed Gerard Thom to provide care for poor, sick and injured pilgrims to the Holy Land, it was associated with an Amalfitan hospital in Jerusalem. In 1798, Czar Paul I of Russia was elected Grand Master and created the Russian Grand Priory, from which the Protectorate descends. The present character of the Protectorate is that of an ecumenical and extraterritorial Christian ecclesiastical community under the aegis of the Abbey-Principality of San Luigi.
Royal Byelorussian Protectorate of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem
The present-day Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem looks back to an ancient origin. At some time after 1098, the crusaders at the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem founded this order of chivalry at a leper hospital. The founding knights were themselves lepers, and they devoted their order to the treatment of those with the disease. Following the end of the protection of the Order by the King of France, canonical re-organization occurred in 1841, when the Melkite Greek Patriarch Maximos III (Mazloum) granted his spiritual protection to the Order, and this state of affairs continued under his successors until the Patriarch transferred the government of the Order to a Council of Officers in Paris in 1910.The present character of the Protectorate is that of an ecumenical and extraterritorial Christian ecclesiastical community under the aegis of the Crown of Belarus.
The Regency of Lomar
Since March 2012 the Prince-Abbot of San Luigi has served as Royal Protector of the Regency of Lomar and as a member of its Sovereign Council. The position of Regent of Lomar, which carries with it the title of Duke of Saih Nasra in the Abbey-Principality, has been vacant following the death of the last Regent, Dom Klaus Schlapps OPR OA, in January 2013.
The Regency of Lomar is fundamentally a small sovereign, non-territorial, non-profit, transnational diplomatic and humanitarian institution, or non-government organization (NGO). ROL primarily provides humanitarian and direct aid for refugees and other abused people, and works closely with international aid, government and non-government organizations in compliance with the UNHCR Convention of the Status of Refugees and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.