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The Knights of Hope represent a Hospitaller tradition and legacy dedicated to hospital works, ambulance services, medical provisions and missions, vocation, etc.

SMOCK [Pronunciation] is a medical, educational Order. As an ecumenical membership by invitation, to both men and women, who are of good character and standing in their community, having desire to learn about our sacred medicines, and who wish to help the suffering of mankind.

SMOKH is a unique ministry providing fraternity, education, and Church commissions (licensure).

SMOKH has many hundreds of members from diverse fields. Now in its nineteenth year of service, with its focus is on education and medical preparedness. It is established and operates on Nevis Island maintaining a teaching center, clinic, museum, historical and traditional link with the founding Knights of St. John of St. Christopher/Nevis (c. 1651) and affiliations to other organizations. The Knights of Hope maintain a Hospitaller/Crusader Museum and Medical Monastic Library, as well as a service Chapel.


Knighthood as an accolade began with titles conferred by Monarchs, Bishops, or other political and religious leaders. It was formalized with the Crusades. In the high middle ages with influence from aristocracy and the Knights Templar it was associated with Chivalry, exploration, and Diplomacy. As Europe secularized, Knighthood became accolades conferred mainly by waning Monarchs. In time it was preserved by the fraternal orders and the Church. The Hospitaller orders were preserved through nursing, hospital works and ambulance services. The Knights of St. John supported and influenced formation of the Red Cross and Geneva conventions.

You can earn your Knighthood (Dames) and other accolades through our educational programs.

WE PROVIDE healthcare practitioners education, fraternity, a legal and spiritual path to offer health and wellness services to patrons – the practice we refer to as Ecclesiastic (Monastic) Medicine.

For services by skilled healthcare practitioners of faith and morals, the clear legal path for your practice is the Church. SMOKH offers the sound and legitimate steps to Healer's Ordination with subsequent commission (license) to faith-based practice.

You can learn more about becoming a Sanctified Healer  at our membership page...


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SMOKH (Knights of Hope) is member of the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.

SMOKH (Knights of Hope) recognition by the World Seat of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem (SOSJ)

SMOCH (Church of Hope) is a Missionary Diocese.




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