The Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen, desires to nurture the innovators of tomorrow by applying the noble principles of yesterday!
Though the Order was founded by a Christian, today our members are from all nationalities and religions. While we no longer are expected “to maintain a battle-trained horse, three lances and armor in good repair”, after seventeen-hundred years we retain our dedication to the concept which inspired those first knights.
Our member’s goals are to be affiliated with a Chivalric and Charitable Order of Knighthood to develop loyalty, commitment and to extend a sense of belonging; to improve the esprit-de corps and to help the less fortunate. The Order is worldwide, and has Knights and Dames active in more than a dozen countries. We are one of three Knightly Orders under the Sovereign and Royal House of Cappadocia and San Bartolomeo. Our Prince Grand Master is His Royal Highness Prince Rafael Andujar y Vilches.
Many of the original Chivalric Orders arose in response to the Crusades, others originated due to the need for valiant Knights to serve and protect their Sovereign Lords, as well as the weak and less fortunate.
After 1291, The Orders under the Grand Masters (Nobles) sought new missions for their existence since the holy land was lost. Some Orders became Monarchial Orders, some became Confraternal Orders, Princely Orders, Baronial Orders or Honorific Pseudo-Orders as other powerful lords followed suit and created their own Orders. In 1525 only four of these Orders survived.
1560 to present. As monarchical orders became unnecessary, they turned into honorific orders, rewarding past behavior of the individual member bound together by a permanent rule of behavior and charitable goals.
The modern Knight and Lady evolved into bodies dedicated to charity, educating the public, helping the poor, sick and other good works while acknowledging those who performed similar acts of kindness and generosity.
According to traditions and by virtue of the ancient charter, the Grand Masters have the power to confer a Knighthood in their respective Orders. The Orders use the honorific prefix of Chevalier/Sir or Dame/Lady. They still strive to provide leadership which enhances civilization, following the powerful concepts which inspired those first knights of old. Today the modern Orders are united by common goals; Members affirm/pledge themselves to their Grand master, in our case, to H.R.H. Prince Rafael, and to the ideals of personal honor and service. Because of the high standards that the Order requires, members are accepted based on their significant achievements, professional accomplishments, devotion to philanthropic and to charitable needs. Potential Knights/Dames need to represent the high personal standards of honor, integrity and moral behavior. The membership selection process is stringent and all above requirements must be met.
We are a recognized Royal Chivalric and Charitable Order. We have been designated a 501-(c)3 and a Public Charity 509(a)2 by the Internal Revenue Code of the USA. We have been incorporated in the State of California, USA since 2003 and are registered in the countries of Finland and the Kingdom of Belgium, in addition we have members in Spain, Australia, Japan, Canada, Italy, Armenia, Russia, Estonia, France and Columbia.
H.G. Michael Spencer Teilmann, KGCI
Duke of Aswan of Cappadocia
The Grand Chancellor
The Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen