As an ecumenical Christian Order of Chivalry, membership of the Order of Saint Lazarus is by invitation-only to both men and women who are practicing and committed Christians, are of good character and standing in their community, and who wish to help suffering mankind. This invitation usually comes from one of our active members, and often, from the leadership at the national or regional level.
Interested prospective members must provide a personal CV, and have a favorable personal interview by at least two Knights or Dames of the Order. In South Africa, they are admitted to the Order as an ALJ (associate member). Those who still wish to continue will then complete detailed application forms, which are then vetted by the Membership Council of the respective national jurisdiction. Should the applicant win approval, both by the proper jurisdictions Council, and subsequently by the Magistry and the Grand Master, the applicant is then invited to join the order as a postulant, and will be invested (typically) at the grade of Officer (OLJ) in due course.
The MHOSLJ is a Christian Order of Chivalry, and some written evidence of an applicant’s Christian commitment will be required. Applicants are required to provide a Baptismal or Confirmation certificate, and a confirming letter from the candidates priest or church attesting to the candidate’s active participation in both the Church and in Christian Faith.
In South Africa, the Order admits new members as Associates, who must spend a full year with the Order before indicating their interest in becoming full members.