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Sovereign Council

The Grand Sovereign Council is the principal governing body of the Order, also comprising the Board of Vocational Ministry, with responsibility to oversee and coordinate the execution of the policies adopted by the Grand Magistral Council, as well as such other responsibilities as may be delegated or assigned to it by the Grand Master or the Grand Magistral Council.

THE SOVEREIGN COUNCIL: Photo taken at the Anglican St. Thomas Parish Church, Nevis Island• March 2012 • Our Affiliate Investiture Mission

Saint Thomas Lowland is one of 5 Nevis parishes which are in turn part of the 14 administrative parishes that make up the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The first Anglican Church in the Caribbean, and the oldest church on Nevis, St. Thomas' was built in 1643. It is located on the main road about three miles north of Charlestown, and was built to serve the town of Jamestown, the island's original capital that disappeared. The church is perched high on a hill overlooking St. Kitts. The church cemetery has many tombstones bearing names of Nevis' early settlers dating back to 1649. There is also a vault that holds the remains of John Huggins (1763-1821), the founder of Bath Hotel, effectively the first Spa of the Caribbean.

 

THE GRAND MASTER

H.E. Prof. [Dr. of Med..] Charles McWilliams
The Grand Master is the supreme head of the Order, and to him is delegated all power and authority of the Chapter General. He was elected by the Sovereign Council, and was an active member of the Order and an individual bearing titles. He was appointed to the dignity of Grand Master for life. The Grand Master, with the advice and consent of the Grand Magistral Council, may appoint additional Grand Officers with such authority and responsibilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to the Order’s functions and cause.


THE GRAND LIEUTENANT

H.E. Dr. Benjamin Ahmed Angueira
The Grand Lieutenant is the first dignity of the Order after the Grand Master and the Grand Master Emeritus, if any. The Grand Lieutenant will take the Grand Master’s place when the Grand Master is ill, incapacitated or otherwise temporarily unable to fulfill the duties of his office.


THE GRAND MAGISTRAL COUNCIL
The Grand Magistral Council is the principal policy making body of the Order, the supreme governing body and repository of all power in the Order, and it shall approve all candidates for the position of Grand Master and, or, Grand Lieutenant. It is composed of all Administrative Officers of the Order; and/or any special offices as determined or elected by the Grand Master.

THE GRAND MARSHAL
The Grand Marshal is the Minister of Public Safety, Emergency Preparedness, and Transportation, and is the Chief Ceremonial functionary of the Order.

THE GRAND BAILIFF
The Grand Bailiff and Privy Seal is the Head Bailiff of the Order and the chief Administrator under the Grand Master. His Office includes The Ministry of Internal Affairs.

GRAND CHANCELLOR
The Grand Chancellor, whose office includes the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is at the head of the Chancellery and its related offices, and those of the Ambassadors at Large.


THE GRAND SOVEREIGN COUNCIL
The Grand Sovereign Council is the principal advisory body of the Order, with responsibility to oversee and co-ordinate the execution of the policies adopted by the Grand Magistral Council. The Grand Sovereign Council shall consist of the Principal Officers and such other Officers as may be appointed by the Grand Magistral Council. The Grand Master is an ex-officio member. The Grand Sovereign Council shall meet at the summons of the Grand Master, or the Grand Lieutenant of the Order.

SOVEREIGN COUNCIL OF VOCATIONS
The Grand Sovereign Council also are the ministries of principal licensing and regulatory Board for our vocations. A vocation (from Latin vocare, meaning "to call" by God to the individual, or calling of all humankind to salvation), is our governing body for an occupation to which a member is specially drawn and for which he or she is suited, trained, or qualified. Though now often used in non-religious contexts, the meaning of the term vocation originated in Christianity and is of Christian function. The appointment of vocation is central to our Christian belief that God has created each person with gifts and talents oriented toward specific purposes and a way of life. Members apply such God given skills to members within the Church and Ministry. As an Order promoting the highest possible standards of medical vocations, The Sacred Medical Order provides ethical guidance to members through its Declarations, Resolutions, Rules and Continuing Education. The Medical Order issues a License to our chosen members within the Council of Vocations. Each Council Head is in charge of the criteria for entry into the Ordered Vocation and required skills to be so licensed.

THE GRAND POLICY COUNCIL
The Grand Policy Council is responsible for the scrutiny and arbitration of issues of policy differences or interpretation of provisions of the Constitution, by-laws, regulations of the Order, and Grand Magistral Decrees. The Grand Policy Council is appointed by the Grand Master. The Grand Policy Council shall meet at the summons of the Grand Sovereign Council.

THE CHAPTER GENERAL
The Chapter General is composed of all members and postulants of the Order in good standing; and those of the rank of Knight or Dame, such good standing being confirmed in writing by the Grand Master.

GRAND KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE ORDER
The Grand Commander is the religious superior of the Professed Knights and of the Knights in Obedience. His duties include spreading the principles of Faith, reviewing compiling religious publications of the Order and maintaining its religious archives.

GRAND DAME COMMANDER OF THE ORDER
The Grand Dame Commander is the religious superior of the Professed Dames and of the Dames in Obedience. Her duties include spreading the principles of Faith, reviewing compiling religious publications of the Order and maintaining its religious archives.

GRAND PRIOR OF THE ORDER
The Grand Prior of the Order shall act as the Chief Operating Officer of the Order, and is responsible for the performance of the Operations Division, and the Administration and Finance Division of the Order in close collaboration and directorate with the Grand Master and Grand Lieutenant of the Order.

ECCLESIASTICAL GRAND PRIOR OF THE ORDER
The Ecclesiastical Grand Prior of the Order, with the support of a spiritual advisory council, will provide counsel and support to the national jurisdictions, and advise the Grand Master and the Grand Magistral Council on all matters of ecclesiology and spirituality of the Order. The Grand Master shall appoint the Ecclesiastical Grand Prior of the Order after consultation with the Spiritual Protector, the Grand Knight Commander, and the Grand Dame Commander.

GRAND REFERENDARY
The Grand Referendary shall oversee the preparation for and the observance of correct procedural protocols and conduct of all formal meetings of the Order. When duly called upon, he is responsible for issuing timely summons to Chapters General and meetings of the Grand Magistral Council, as well as for the review and acceptance of voting lists and proxies from national jurisdictions.

GRAND HOSPITALLER
The Grand Hospitaller shall be the Head of the National Jurisdictions of the Order and shall be responsible for advising the Grand Master, the Grand Magistral Council and the national jurisdictions of, and consulting with them on, the Hospitaller activities of the Order.


GRAND JUSTICIAR
The Grand Justiciar, who shall be a lawyer, shall be the senior legal officer of the Order. He shall be responsible for the legal affairs of the Order and shall advise the Grand Master, the Grand Magistral Council, the Grand Sovereign Council, the Council of Vocations, and the National Jurisdictions concerning legal matters which affect the Order.

GRAND JUSTICIAR SOCIARE
The Grand Justiciar, who shall be a lawyer, shall be the deputy legal officer of the Order. He shall be responsible for the legal affairs of the Order and shall advise the Grand Master, the Grand Magistral Council, the Grand Sovereign Council, the Council of Vocations, and the National Jurisdictions concerning legal matters which affect the Order.


GRAND SPIRITUAL PROTECTOR OF THE ORDER

S.A.E. MONS. MAR BASILIUS ADÃO PEREIRA, O.S+G.
The Spiritual Protector shall provide spiritual support and guidance to the Order, with the assistance of, and in collaboration with the Grand Master. In the event of the inability or absence of the Spiritual Protector, the Ecclesiastical Grand Prior shall assume his responsibilities.

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Soberano Gran Maestro de la Orden de Santiago Apóstol
Obispo-Metropolita de la Santa Iglesia del Oriente en Latinomérica y Caribe


THE COUNCILS OF VOCATIONAL COMMISSIONS Popup Vocational Overview

THE GRAND SURGEON GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knight surgeons. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the surgeons of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper medical/surgical principles and practices are respected. Popup Vocational Overview


THE GRAND MEDICAL PHYSICIAN GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knight and Dame Physicians. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the physicians of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper medical principles and practices are respected.


THE CHIROPRACTOR GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knight and Dames of Chiropractic. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Chiropractors of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper chiropractic principles and practices are respected. Popup Vocational Overview


THE GRAND NURSE GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knights and Dames of the Order and those of vocation engaged in Nursing. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the nurses of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper nursing principles and practices are respected. Popup Vocational Overview


THE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocations of the Order engaged in Medical Technology. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the medical technologists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper medical principles and practices are respected.


THE PHARMACIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knights and Dames and vocations of the Order engaged in Pharmacy. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the pharmacists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper medical principles and practices are respected.


THE NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN GENERAL

This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation of Naturopaths. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the natural physicians of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper naturopathic principles and practices are respected. Popup Vocational Overview


THE ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Acupuncturist. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Acupuncturists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper acupuncture principles and practices are respected.

 


THE THERAPEUTIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocations of the Therapeutae. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Therapeutae of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper therapeutic principles and practices are respected. Popup Vocational Overview


THE ORIENTAL FITNESS ARTS GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knight Oriental Sports Fitness. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Oriental Fitness Arts and Therapy of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper oriental fitness therapy principles and practices are respected. Popup Vocational Overview


THE PHYSICIAN MASSOTHERAPIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Massotherapist. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Masseurs, Masseuses, and Body workers of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper massage and medical principles and practices are respected. Popup Vocational Overview


THE GRAND MARINER GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knights and Dames and those of vocation Mariner. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Mariners of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper maritime issues of the oceans, yachting and sailing, naval history of the knights, and principles and practices are respected.


THE CHIROTHESIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knight Chirothesist. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Chirothesia Arts and Therapy of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper Chirothesiastic therapy principles and practices are respected.


 

THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation of Physical Therapists. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the physical therapists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper therapeutic principles and practices are respected.

THE DIETICIAN GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation of Dieticians. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the dieticians of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper dietetic principles and practices are respected.

THE NUTRITIONIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation of Nutritionists. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the clinical nutritionists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper nutritional principles and practices are respected.

THE HERBALIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation of Herbalists. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the herbalists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper herbal principles and practices are respected.

THE HOMEOPATHIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation of Homeopaths. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the homeopaths of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper homeopathic principles and practices are respected.

THE ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knight Orthopedic Surgeons. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Orthopedic Surgeons of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper orthopedic principles and practices are respected.

THE OSTEOPATH GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knights and Dames of Osteopath. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Osteopaths of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper osteopathic principles and practices are respected.

THE PODIATRIC SURGEON GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knight Podiatric Surgeons. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Podiatric Surgeons of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper podiatric surgical principles and practices are respected.

THE MEDICAL RADIOLOGIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knights and Dames of the those of vocation in the Order engaged in Radiology. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the nurses of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper medical principles and practices are respected.

THE GRAND DENTAL SURGEON GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knight Dentists and Dental Surgeons. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Dentists and Dental Surgeons of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper dental principles and practices are respected.

THE HYPNOTHERAPIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Hypnotherapist. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Hypnotherapists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper hypnotherapy principles and practices are respected.

THE PSYCHOLOGIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Psychologist. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Psychologist of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper psychological principles and practices are respected.

THE SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Spiritual Counselor. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Counselors of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper spiritual counselor principles and practices are respected.

THE WELLNESS COUNSELOR GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Wellness Counselor. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Wellness Counselors and Coaches of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper wellness counselor principles and practices are respected.

THE SPORTS THERAPIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Sports Therapists. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Sports Therapists and Coaches of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper sports therapy principles and practices are respected.

THE DENTAL HYGIENIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Dental Hygienist. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Dentists and Dental Surgeons of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper dental principles and practices are respected.

THE RESPIRATORY THERAPIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Respiratory Therapists. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Respiratory Therapists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper respiratory therapy principles and practices are respected.

THE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Respiratory Therapists. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Marriage and Family Therapists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper marriage and family therapy principles and practices are respected.

THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Occupational Therapists. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Occupational Therapists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper occupational therapy principles and practices are respected.

THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Emergency Medical Technologists. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Marriage and Family Therapists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper emergency principles and practices are respected.

THE MIDWIFE GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Midwives. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Midwifery of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper midwifery principles and practices are respected.

THE MONASTIC PHYSICIAN GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Monastic Physician. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Monastic (Monk) Physicians of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper monastic principles and practices are respected. Popup Vocational Overview

THE PSYCHOTHERAPIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knight Psychotherapist. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Psychotherapists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper psychotherapy principles and practices are respected.

THE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Speech and Language Therapist. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Speech and Language Therapists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper speech therapy principles and practices are respected.

THE HEALTH INFORMATICIAN GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation of Health Informatics. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Health, Biomedical and Clinical Informatics of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper health informatics principles and practices are respected.

THE MARTIAL ARTIST GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the vocation Martial Artist. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Martial Artists of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper martial art principles and practices are respected.

THE GRAND MISSIONER GENERAL
This Medical Office encompasses the duties of the Knight and Dames of Missionaries. He/she co-ordinates and supervises the initiatives of the Missionaries of the Charitable Hospitals and Clinics and other Order institutions world-wide involved in charitable and humanitarian actions, and ensures that proper health missionary principles and practices are respected.


 

 

 
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