PASSAGE FEES, ANNUAL DUES, & FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
Each lay applicant is required to pay a onetime passage fee for membership into the Order. The
passage fee varies depending upon the rank of entrance which the individual chooses.
The Passage Fee goes towards the following: the annual philanthropic appeal of the Order, the
administrative expenses of the Order’s Grand Magistry and towards feeding the homeless.
The passage fee for the rank of Cadet is $250.00.
The passage fee for the rank of Knight/Dame is $500.00.
The passage fee for the rank of Knight Companion/Dame Companion is $1,000.00.
The passage fee for the rank of Knight Commander/Dame Commander is $2.000.00.
The passage fee for the rank of Knight Grand Cross/Dame Grand Cross is $4,000.00.
The passage fee for the rank of Knight Grand Collar/Dame Grand Collar is N/A.
Annual Membership Dues
One year following admission into the Order, lay members are required to pay an annual membership due. Membership dues are assessed according to the rank of the individual. These dues help cover the administrative expenses of the Order’s Grand Magistry.
The annual membership fee for the rank of Cadet is $125.00.
The annual membership fee for the rank of Knight/Dame is $250.00.
The annual membership fee for the rank of Knight Companion/Dame Companion is $500.00.
The annual membership fee for the rank of Knight Commander/Dame Commander is $1,000.00.
The annual membership fee for the rank of Knight Grand Cross/Dame Grand Cross is $2,000.00.
If a member is promoted to a higher rank within the Order, that member can continue to pay the
original annual membership due assessed at the time of their entrance into the Order or opt to
pay the new fee that corresponds to their new rank. Equally, members promoted to a higher rank
within the Order do not pay for any additional passage fee, but only for the medals attached to
their new rank.
It is expected that clergy and lay members participate in all charitable fundraising activities of
the Grand Magistry of the Order, their Grand Priory and of their local Commandery.
Those members of the Order who belong to the ranks of the clergy are exempt from having to
pay both the passage fee and annual membership due. This courtesy also extends to those who are
of monastic rank. Clergy and monastics are responsible for the purchase of their own medals.
It is the intention of the Order to be as accessible and affordable as possible for those wishing to
join. It is not the desire of the Order to be just for an elite group of individuals.
With keeping the above in mind, the Order will permit passage fees and annual membership dues
to be paid either in full or in two installments. Additional financial arrangements are to be given
to those who join at the rank of Knight Companion/Dame Companion or higher. If you yourself are having financial difficulty and would like to join the Order, further arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis.
OATH OF FIDELITY
“I, (baptismal name), do solemnly promise and declare before Almighty God that I will bear true
allegiance and witness to the Holy, Orthodox, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith. That I, in my
capacity as (a cadet, knight, or dame), will be of service to the Church of Christ and to His
people. I furthermore condemn and reject all movements that plot against the Orthodox Church
and seek to undermine its apostolic mission and apostolic authority.
I promise to serve the Holy Orthodox Order of Saint George the Great Martyr loyally and
faithfully, to respect and observe its constitution, mission, bylaws, regulations, and customs; that
I shall conduct my whole life in accordance with Orthodox Christian moral and religious
principles, that I may always be worthy of the honor that is to be bestowed upon me and of the
dignity with which I shall be vested; that I shall never engage in any actions that could disparage
the image and dignity of Orthodox Church or of the Order in which I am to become a lifetime
member; and, that I shall respond to the initiatives and needs of the Order by assisting in its
charitable works towards the greater benefit of Christ’s Holy Church.
Should I, in the future, ever break and/or seriously violate the preceding promises that I
have solemnly made, I understand that I will be subject to the rules and/ or policy concerning
dismissal from the Order, this in accordance with its legitimately constituted authority.”
PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL, EDUCATIONAL, & CHARITABLE INFORMATION
I, the undersigned declare that the information provided below is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I further authorize the Order to verify the information contained herein. I understand that any personal information provided is for the internal purposes of the Order and that the Order will not sell this information to a third party. In accordance with Common Law, my signature constitutes a legal and binding application agreement.
The Grand Knight is the final authority for granting membership into the Holy Orthodox Order
of Saint George the Great Martyr. All applicants for membership need to accept the Order’s
chivalric, charitable, and humanitarian nature; and, if so admitted, pledges to abide by all statutes
of the Order and support the goals of the Order, both in principle and financially.
Members are to always conduct themselves in an exemplary manner, both in their private and
public life as befitting this honor. The applicant further understands that it is expected of them to
pay the annual membership fee and make additional contributions to support both the Order and
its charitable works.
Members are expected to participate as much as possible in the social and charitable life of the
Order, i.e., charity dinners, charity galas, religious services (held in the name of the Order),
investitures, and meetings. Those who have been granted the privilege to be a member of the
Order need to focus and look for ways to actively assist the needs of Orthodox Christians in their
local geographic areas and work towards the greater good of the Orthodox Church and Her
people without compromise, prejudice, or reservation.
Those applying for membership into the Order cannot have any pending criminal charges or
investigations against them nor have been convicted of a serious crime or misdemeanor,
exclusive of minor infractions.
Please attach to this application a letter of recommendation from your parish priest indicating
that you are a member in good standing of your parish. If you are applying for membership from
outside of the United States of America, please also include attached to this application a copy of
either your Driver’s License (ID Card), Passport, or Birth Certificate proving your identity.
I, the undersigned, do hereby request petition to join the Holy Orthodox Order of Saint George
the Great Martyr and understand fully the requirements asked of me; that I, in my power, will do
everything to uphold the dignity of the Order and support its charitable works; and, that I will
always conduct myself as a person of honor. I further agree to stive for the chivalric virtues of
courage, valor, mercy, and fairness. I also will strive to protect the weak and poor, and to be
faithful to the Orthodox Church, and to champion good against evil.