The Most Venerable Order of St. John Taps Zion Manchester Rector John Mitchell and Dr. Jane Uva as New Members
The Rev. John Mitchell, rector of Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester, VT, and his wife Dr. Jane Uva, were invested on October 14 in The Most Venerable Order of St. John, an international order of chivalry led by Queen Elizabeth II. The annual Investiture Service was held in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral and officiated by Sir Walter Hugh Malcolm Ross, a member of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom and Lord Prior of the Order of St. John.
The Order of St. John traces its roots to a hospice in Jerusalem in the year 1070, eventually becoming a British royal order of chivalry in 1888 by charter from Queen Victoria. St. John is recognized as a Christian Order although it welcomes people of any or no faith who share in its overarching mission of health and human services. The Order is organized into 11 priories and numerous associations worldwide. As explained on the St. John USA website, the mission of the USA priory is “a shared dedication to improving the human condition. Pro fide (For the faith) and Pro utilitate hominum (For the service of mankind).” The primary beneficiary of the priory is the St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group.
The Rev. Mitchell and Dr. Uva took an interest in the Order after becoming acquainted with a couple of its members and learning about the work of the Order, which as the Rev. Mitchell says, “resonates with our own commitment to people who may be ‘the least of these’ throughout the world.” The admission of every member is discretionary and is made with the sanction of The Queen.
To learn more about the US Priory of the Order of St. John, visit https://www.saintjohn.org.
Featured image: Dr. Jane Uva and the Rev. John Mitchell. Article photo from the Investiture Service at Grace Cathedral.