The Order asserts its international and ecumenical character and, in its capacity as an International and Ecumenical Order of Chivalry, its staunchly advocates and defends the ideal of free world and the rights of man.
The order’s mottoes are Pro fide (For the faith) and Pro utilitate hominum (For the service of mankind).
Fons Honorem King Peter II, the exiled king of Yugoslavia and direct descendant of Czar Paul I, became Protector of the Order in 1962 and granted a Royal Charter through his Fons Honorem, to the independent, international order on March 19, 1964. King Peter II himself served as Grand Master from 1965 to 1968.History and Goals The Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller is a successor of the ancient Order of Saint John, which was founded by the crusaders around the year 1050 AD. HOSJ is an ecumenical and independent Chivalric body of Christians.