The Hereditary Commandery of Wallendorf has been established by
The 48th Grandmaster
H.H. Don Francisco de Paula de Borbón y Escasany
5th Duke of Sevilla and Grandee of Spain
in September 2008 and is a self-governing and hereditary jurisdiction of 'The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem' in the Federal Republic of Germany. Being directly under the command of its Hereditary Commander, who in turn is solely responsible to the Grandmaster of the Order, it is independent from the Grand Bailiwick of Germany forming the national jurisdiction of the Order.
In the history and tradition of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Hereditary Commanderies have always taken a special position which is also shown by the special rank given to a Hereditary Commander in the protocols of the Order.
The office of Hereditary Commander is a lifetime office and can only be inherited by a direct descendant to the first Hereditary Commander.
Compared to the number of national jurisdictions Hereditary Commanderies only form a small group within the Orders structures also as membership is mainly reserved for family members and a few selected non family members only.
Hereditary Commanderies are directly responsible to the Grand Master only.
The Hereditary Commander in Office has been/ is in teh follwoing functions/ offices in the Order internationally:
+ Member, Grand Hospitaller Working Group (since 2011)
+ Charity Supervising Officer,
PRC Public Relations Committee (since 2014)
Hereditary Commandery of Wallendorf
Founded 1099 in Jerusalem as a hospitaller brotherhood it became an chivalric order later on, known as the Order of Saint Lazarus (OSLJ). For nearly 1000 years the Order dedicates itselfsto the assistance and support of the poor, ill and weak people. Traditionally his sphere of activity is the fight of the leprosy.
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