The Order of St. Stanislas
The Grand Priory of
Great Britain and Associated Territiores
Who Are We?
The Order of Saint Stanislas is a hierarchically organized body of men and women, many with a Polish Connection, who support and assist in charitable works of various kinds to help the poor and disadvantaged in Poland and in other countries throughout the world.
Originally a dynastic chivalric order from Poland, it is now an international charitable non-profit association in the form of a private chivalric order. As an international non-profit association, we transcend discrimination by race, religion, sex, and other prejudicial ideas. Our aims during the Cold War were focused on helping the people of Poland and it's diaspora with money from the Free World to make life more tolerable. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, our charitable works have expanded to helping the poor in all parts of the globe.
We uphold the traditions of chivalry, with each member working at themselves to be an honest and charitable person. We do not fight with the sword for all that is good or right; our weapons are our words and deeds - the examples of our actions! We espouse the idea of a worldwide brotherhood of all people on this earth, with no discrimination based on skin color, religious beliefs, political or social orientation. We strive to help others, whether it be with labor or money, wherever the need is. Anyone who feels motivated by the principles of the Order is welcomed to contact us to apply for admission.
How do we do it?
Each Priory (a local group), worldwide, supports a local project (or projects) in addition to contributing to an international effort based loosely on the 1765 aims of the Order - education and medical assistance for children. This has taken the form of support to orphanages, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, disaster relief efforts, food donations for the hungry, and similar activities both in their home country and Poland.
The medal of the Order is a red Maltese cross, with four white eagles between the arms with a Laurel wreath in the center around a depiction of the Bishop Stanislas who was martyred in 1079. The white eagles are a symbol of Poland from ancient times, the red Maltese cross symbolizes our willingness to shed our blood (sweat, tears and money) for our cause, the Laurel wreath the ancient symbol of victory, and the depiction of Bishop Stanislas who gave his all for the poor. The Motto of the Order, "To Reward Inspires" has the meaning that the Order recognizes the good works done and publicly recognizes the same to prompt further effort by all members to follow the principles of the Order.