the Royal Order of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr
Royal Order of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, hereinafter
referred to as the "St. Stanislaus Order”, is a continuation of
the Royal Order of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr established on
7th May 1765 by the last king of Poland, Stanisław August
The current activity of the St. Stanislaus Order is based on
respecting the cardinal rules established in the Constitution of the
St. Stanislaus Order passed by the Grand Chapter of the Order at the
request of the Grand Master, Juliusz Nowina – Sokolnicki, on 15th
Bearing in mind the provision specified in item 1, this Constitution
reorganizes the Order by giving it an organizational and legal
form that recognizes the worldwide pursuit to democratize forms of
The St. Stanislaus Order is a Polish order, a worldwide fellowship of
Chevaliers and Dames who knowingly and voluntarily, through a solemn
vow, have taken on the obligation of achieving the goals and carrying
out the tasks established in the Constitution, who are united under
the patronage of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr of Szczepanów,
and wear the Order’s badge bearing his noble image, which was
adopted and approved by the Founder of the Order - Stanisław August
Poniatowski, king of Poland,.
Emphasizing and acknowledging that the St. Stanislaus Order is a part
of Polish cultural heritage, the Order wishes to cherish this
tradition and hence preserve its character, acquiring exclusive
rights to the image of the Order, and to protect it against
appropriation and use by unauthorized persons for private or
All members of the Order are equal regardless of their race,
religion, social background and gender.
The official languages of the Order are Polish
The Grand Master historically presides over the Order.
The Grand Master represents the Dames and Chevaliers of the Order
around the world.
The Grand Master is elected by secret vote for a 5-year tenure,
without any limitations to the number of subsequent tenures.
Significant decisions regarding the Order’s operation are taken
after being approved by the Grand Chapter.
The Grand Master is a citizen of the Republic of Poland.
The Grand Prior of Poland is the Deputy Grand Master (also acting as
the General Prior of the Order).
All members of the Grand Chapter and the Constitutional Council are
elected from among the representatives of particular priories,
usually priors, by a majority of votes obtained in secret vote, for a
common 5-year tenure, without limitations to the number of subsequent
An elected member of the Grand Chapter and Constitutional Council
submits a written declaration of active participation in the Order’s
work and, by doing so, takes on an obligation to participate in its
activities during the period of the tenure.
The Court of Honour is comprised of:
a) the Grand Master of the
Order - the president of the Court
b) the Grand Guardian of the
Order - a member of the Court
c) the Grand Prior - a member of the
Court, from the Priory of the defendant
d) a Defence Counsel of
the defendant - appointed ex officio or selected by the defendant.
The Defence Counsel must be a member of the St. Stanislaus Order.
Decisions of the Court of Honour are not final and an appeal may be
lodged against them to the Constitutional Council. The Constitutional
Council’s decisions are final.
Dames and Chevaliers of the Order associate in Priories and
Priories and Commanderies that have a legal personality act in
accordance with their charters approved by appropriate registering
authorities, pursuant to appropriate national regulations.
A candidate who is accepted into the ranks of the Order’s Dames and
Chevaliers during an investiture ceremony is awarded a Chevalier’s
Cross, however, in justified cases, while vested for the first time,
a Dame or Chevalier may receive an Officer’s Cross, and in
extraordinary circumstances (especially in case of clergy members) -
a Commander’s Cross.
Chevaliers and Dames may be given an Order only one class higher than
previously for at least two years of active charity work in the
Order, unless the Grand Chapter decides to grant them a higher-class
Acceptance of a candidate to the Order, as well as granting higher
Order classes must be preceded by a written request and
opinion-granting procedure. The National Grand Prior or a selected
member of the Order’s authorities is responsible for keeping the
All costs of participation in investitures and other ceremonies are
financed by Chevaliers and Dames.
Charitable actions carried out by the Order are financed exclusively
from the resources of individual Priories, in accordance with the
charity conducted within their area. Charity funds are established
primarily from membership fees and donations made by individual and
legal entities. St. Stanislaus Order may not
conduct any business activity.
Aims of the Order’s activity
aims of the Order are as follows:
1) help people, especially those
aggrieved, by supporting hospitals, hospices, schools, orphanages,
nursing homes for the disabled, with special consideration of
disseminate and propagate charity by accepting representatives of all
races, nationalities and religions to the Order,
3) maintain the
spirit of chivalry, mutual respect and honour, favour the ideas of
King Stanisław August Poniatowski, create family values and
traditions, support education and individual initiatives of the
members of the Order.
In pursuit of the goals specified in item 1, Chevaliers and Dames of
the Order may enjoy of the following entitlements:
to request support and cooperation from other Dames and Chevaliers of
the Order – within the bounds of possibility and skills,
entitlement to request help of and cooperate with other people who
support the Order,
c) entitlement to propose initiatives aimed at
acquiring people who share the Order’s values to the Grand Master,
the Grand Chapter and other bodies representing the Order in every
country by adopting an appropriate procedure,
d) acquisition of
financial resources from people
e) promote the Order and assist in
organizing exhibitions, seminars, shows or lectures that enhance the
f) participate in trainings and other forms
of educational events that allow the development of skills and
acquisition of knowledge necessary to achieve the Order’s goals,
participate in all other lawful actions aimed at achieving specific
Conference of the Order
International Conference of the Order is the highest assembly of the
Order and is entitled
to pass the Order’s Constitution, change it, elect the Grand
Master, Grand Chapter and Constitutional Council, as well as make
other significant changes to the Order.
The Conference is convened by the Grand Prior in concert with the
President of the Constitutional Council. The organizers present the
agenda of the Conference meeting.
The Conference can be also convened at the motion of:
a) 60% of
members of the Grand Chapter of the Order,
b) the Constitutional
c) at least 60% of national and foreign priories.
Participants of the Conference of the Order that have a deciding vote
include members of the Grand Chapter, Members of the Constitutional
Council, Grand Priors, Continental Priors, the Chapter of the Grand
Priory of Poland, priors and commanders of Polish and foreign
The Conference is held once every 5 years. In special circumstances,
an Extraordinary International Conference may be convened.
Detailed course of the Conference is established in regulations
passed each time at the beginning of the Conference.
The Grand Chapter consists of 7 – 15 members and has supreme
authority in the Order in periods between Conference meetings.
the Grand Chapter’s tenure, personnel changes may occur, but they
may concern no more than 40% of the members. Supplementary elections
are held by a secret vote of the Grand Chapter, at the motion of the
All members of the Grand Chapter are entitled to wear the Order Chain
and have the related right to place an abbreviated indication of the
granted top rank Order class - letters GCCStS after their name.
The Grand Chapter is comprised of the following Officers of the
1) The Grand Master of the Order, who is responsible for
proceeding with the activities of the Order and observing the
a) issues diplomas, nomination documents
and other essential documentation, as requested by particular
b) presides over investiture ceremonies ( or grants
one-time consent for someone to represent him in case he cannot take
part in a ceremony),
e) in the event of not being elected for
another tenure, he is entitled to use the perpetual title of Master
4)The General Prior of the Order – the Grand Prior of
Poland, who ex officio acts as a Deputy Grand Master, carrying out
the obligations imposed on him by the Grand Master, and in the event
of expiry of the Grand Master’s mandate during the Grand Prior’s
tenure, takes over his responsibilities until the end of the tenure
5) The Grand Chancellor,
who presides over the Grand
Chapter’s meetings and is responsible for the development of the
Order around the world with the support of his direct subordinates -
Continental Chancellors, and accompanies the Grand Master during all
ceremonies of the Order.
6) The Marshal of the Senior’s
who presides over the group of retired highest rank
officers of the Order.
The Grand Secretary,
who is responsible for the flow of
information from the Grand Master to the Grand Chapter and from the
Grand Chapter to other members of the Order so that the information
may be forwarded to all other Officers of the Order, for office work
and correspondence in the Grand Master’s Office.
6) The Grand
who is responsible for proper keeping of the minutes
of the Order’s meetings and other documents, keeping registers and
forwarding their copies to the Grand Heraldist.
6) The Grand
who is responsible for the religious aspects of
7) The Grand Heraldist, who:
responsible for the Order Crest College and, in this respect, closely
cooperates with the Grand Master,
b) oversees all Crests worn by
Dames and Chevaliers of the Order, as well as places of their
c) recommends Officers who are entitled to wear the
Justice Cross to the Grand Master ,
d) is the Keeper of registers
related to crests and insignia.
8) The Grand Chronicler,
is responsible for press and media releases, editing the Order’s
Newsletter and appointing appropriate press officers all around the
world, as well as collecting and storing all media releases regarding
the Order, its activities and Officers.
The Order’s Ambassador at European Union
represents the Order before the European Commission and Parliament.
carry out special tasks assigned by the Grand Master and Grand
Chapter and further training of the current members of the Grand
The Grand Guardian of the Order,
responsible for observing the
Constitution, respecting honour and discipline in the Order. He is a
member of the Constitutional Council and the Court of Honour.
Members of the Constitutional Council are appointed by the
International Conference of the Order from among the Priors of the
Order for a term of 5 years.
The Constitutional Council is comprised of 3 to 5 members, including
a chairman and secretary. The Constitutional Council should be
comprised of the most experienced and trusted Officers of the Order.
The Constitutional Council’s task is to ensure that the Grand
Master and other high-rank Officers of the Order observe the
A detailed scope of responsibilities shall be specified by the
Constitutional Council in agreement with the Grand Chapter.
All members of the Grand Chapter are entitled to wear the Order Chain
and have the related right to place an abbreviated indication of the
granted top rank Order class - letters GCCStS after their
Officers of the Order
Apart from the structures of the Grand Chapter of the Order, other
Officers of the Order who are not members of the Grand Chapter are
appointed as requested by the General Prior or the Grand Chapter in
order to serve special functions.
The list of candidates and a written request for appointment of a
Chevalier or Dame to these functions are provided by National
The following persons are the Officers mentioned in item 1:
who act on behalf of and represent the Order both at
home and abroad, where priories and commanderies have not been
established. Their task is to actively promote the Order and
recommend valuable people to the Order.
2) Grand Priors, who:
act as external representatives of Dames and Chevaliers of a given
b) carry out their function in geographically-specified
c) are responsible for Priors and Commanders
within their jurisdiction, .
d) are elected in accordance with the
valid charter of a given Priory and approved by the Grand Chapter and
3) Priors, who:
a) in agreement with the Grand
Prior, may appoint Commanders within the priories they manage,
are responsible for organizational and charitable activities taken up
within their priories,
c) represent the Oder before the
who organize and manage the
activities of Commanderies, take action in favour of the Order
membership and fully participate in all activities of their
Commandery and Priory.
Members of the Order, rights and responsibilities
A candidate may be accepted to the Order exclusively on the basis of
his or her written application approved in writing by a Prior,
Commander or any other Officer of the Order. Approval of the
candidate’s application and his/her acceptance into the ranks of
Dames and Chevaliers of the Order remains at the discretion of the
Prior or an individual Commander. Detailed procedures in this regard
are regulated by Grand Priors within their territories.
Dames or Chevaliers of the Order Persons must be at least 18 years of
age and have no criminal record.
The Order does not grant any other titles besides the titles of
Chevaliers or Dames of the Order of Saint Stanislaus, with the
exception of Dames and Chevaliers who have been granted the Grand
Cross. They are entitled to perpetual nobility.
Dames and Chevaliers of the Order – Members of the Order are
entitled to wear a crimson-coloured order robe with the Order’s
insignia on a white coat of arms.
The title of a Dame or Chevalier of the Order is granted during the
ceremonial investiture when making a vow of faithfulness to the
Constitution of the Order and putting on the Order’s robe. Detailed
procedures in this respect are regulated by Grand Priors within their
Chevaliers and Dames of the Order are obliged to participate in the
conducted charitable actions, organizational operations, investitures
and other ceremonies every year and to pay their membership fees.
The Order may be granted posthumously by the Grand Master.
Expulsion from the Order.
Expulsion from the Order is the most severe punishment imposed on a
Dame or Chevalier of the Order and should be used sensibly only in
A person lawfully expelled from the Order is immediately deprived of
all rights and privileges granted by the Order. Such a person may no
longer wear the Order’s insignia, nor can he/she represent the
Order in any situation.
Reasons for expulsion from the order may include (the following list
is not exhaustive):
a) self-proclamation and attempts to usurp the
function of the Grand Master or any other Officer of the Order,
especially a member of the Grand Chapter,
b) attempts to overthrow
the Order’s constitutional legal framework,
propaganda that is harmful to the Order,
d) undignified conduct
while carrying the Order’s insignia,
e) taking actions which
disqualify a person as a Dame or Chevalier of the Order or is
detrimental to the good name of the Order.
A Chevalier or Dame accused of any of the acts mentioned in Art. 10
point 3 may be punished with:
1) a written reprimand,
3) temporary suspension of rights as a Dame or
Chevalier of the Order,
In the event of committing an act which are undisputedly punishable
by expulsion, before being expelled, a Dame or Chevalier may be asked
to act honourably and submit their own resignation from the Order.
A Dame or Chevalier may submit an appeal against the decision
imposing the punishment mentioned in item 4 point c and d to the
Court of Honour.
amendments to the Constitution may be introduced exclusively by the
International Conference of the Order.
On the effective date of this Constitution, the hitherto effective,
amended Constitution of the Order of Saint Stanislaus of 1st March
1999, amended by decrees of the 8th
Grand Master of the Order, Juliusz Nowina – Sokolnicki, issued on
31st March 2004 and 22nd November 2006, becomes null and void.
Decrees of the Grand Master of the Order, Grand Chapter, Grand
Priors, and other legal acts issued on the basis of the Amended
Constitution of the Order of Saint Stanislaus on 1st March 1999, as
referred to in item 1, retain their effectiveness, unless they are
contradictory to the provisions of this Constitution.
Nomination acts issued on the basis of the amended Constitution of
the Order of Saint Stanislaus of 1st of March 1999, referred to in
item 1, remain effective, unless they are contradictory to the
provisions of this Constitution.