The Sovereign Order of Orthodox Knights Hospitaller Saint John of Jerusaelm.
1977.

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The Sovereign Order of Orthodox Knights Hospitaller Saint John of Jerusalem (OOSJ), was founded in 1977, as a revival of the Russian Grand Priory.

The majority of those listed as founding members seem to have been members of the ex-King Peter Order as led by Prince Sergei Troubetzkoy. The OOSJ claims to have succeeded the Paris based Russian Hereditary Commanders' Union which came to an end in 1975. There is no evidence to verify this claim which according to the document available is a late claim (early 1990s onward).

Because the OOSJ had, and has in membership genuine Russian Nobles, a few of whom belonged to the Russian Hereditary Commanders families, this seems to have justified the claim of this group to be accepted as the suceeding group to the Paris Group. At least three of the founding members had relatives in the Paris Group;

• Prince Sergei Belosselsky-Belozersky's father had been a founding member of the Russian Hereditary Commanders' Union in 1928, and died in 1951 (although Prince Sergei Belosselsky-Belozersky had never been a member of the Paris Group, but had joined the King Peter Order in USA in the late 1960s to become for a short period its Lieutenant Grand Master in 1968).
• The main leader of the New York based Group, Count Nicholas Bobrinskoy, had an older brother who was an Hereditary Commander, and who was a member of the Paris Group, but had died in 1970. Count Nicholas only became involved in the world of the St John Orders in 1972, when he joined the Brancovan Order (an offshoot of the King Peter Order). He then became involved with the ex-King Peter Order under Prince Sergei Troubetzkoy. Robert Formhals lists Count Nicholas Bobrinskoy as the Prior of the New York Priory of the Order led by Prince Sergei Troubetzkoy.
• Prince Sergei Troubetzkoy who claimed to be an Hereditary Commander, was in fact only a distant cousin of the Prince Troubetzkoy who was entitled to be the Commander. Prince Sergei did however, have an older brother who had been a member of the Paris group.

Since November 2004, this 'Order' includes "Union des Commandeurs et Chevaliers Héréditaires" registered in Alsace amongst others by Prince Vladimir Bariatinsky copying the historic "Union" of the Russian Hereditary Commanders group in Paris, begun in 1928. The reality is that there is no legal succession between the novum Alsace Union and the original Parisian group of Russian Hereditary Commanders. Neither is there any legal succession between the OOSJ and the original Parisian group of Russian Hereditary Commanders.  A fuller history (in planning) will provide more details.


Web Sites

USA HQ Web Site of the Sovereign Order of Orthodox Knights  
USA HQ Web Site of the Sovereign Order of Orthodox Knights  
History of the Order by Paul J. Cardile, K.S.J. (Old USA Site)  
Sovereign Order of Orthodox Knights - Chaplain's pages  
Russian Grand Priory French Information Page  
Sovereign Order of Orthodox Knights 200th Anniversary Trip 
World Organization of Natural Medical Practitioners: Canada
 
All Saints of North America Church  


Information

Orthodox Order of St John History  
Prince Michael and his relationship to Emperor Paul I  
Prince Michael Romanoff - Protector to the Orthodox Order  
Spiritual Protector H.H. Aleksey II Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia  
Metropolitan Theodosius & Count Nicholas Bobrinskoy, Benefit Concert in New York
 
Press release State of Mississippi, on the Orthodox Knights  


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Updated 5th June 2007.

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