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Nevis Mission

 

KNIGHTS OF THE HOSPITAL RETURN TO THE CARIBBEAN

The Hospitaller colonization of the Americas occurred during a short14-year period in which the Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem) possessed four Caribbean islands: Saint Christopher, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy, and Saint Croix. The Knights' presence in the Caribbean grew out of their order's close relationship with the French nobility and the presence of many members in the Americas as French administrators. However, in 1665, the Hospitallers sold their rights in the islands to the new French West India Company, bringing their colonial project to an end. According to record, no hospitals were ever constructed.

Under the stewardship of the Knights of Hope, resident Prof. Charles McWilliams reestablished the Knights of the Order beginning in 2004. The Grand Master's thriving clinic became the teaching, research and development center to ressurect the monastic medicine the Knights so vigorously defended during the middle ages. The Knights of Hope were officially joined with the Union of the Knights of Saint Lazarus, April 2012, so consecrated in Malta. On the 7th of June 2014, in the oldest Anglican church in the Caribbean on Nevis Island, the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem hosted with the Sacred Medical Order of Nevis, the following Priories and Grand Priories were consecrated and officially joined the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem:

• The Grand Priory of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Grand Prior - Dame Susan McWilliams DLJ
• The Grand Priory of Equador
Grand Prior - The Chevalier Carlos Oswaldo Jaramillo Ponce KLJ
• The Grand Priory of Jamaica
Grand Prior - Dame Janice Karima Simonds Fisher DLJ
• The Priory of the Isle of Man
Prior - The Chevalier John Ogden KLJ
• The Priory of Curacao
Prior - The Chevalier Marwen Saab KLJ

 

 

Nevis Ecclesiastic Medical School & Investiture Mission

St. Thomas Anglican Church - St. James Parish, Nevis

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.

 

 
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The Nevis Integrated Clinic has over 6,000 patients to date, and has become the Order's training center and template for the rural locations being set up.
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pre-danish history of the danish antilles

 
 
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