04 August 2009

Venerable Confrère

In yet another oversight on our part, we forgot to mention the recent birthday of one of the VOSJ's highest-ranking members. Nelson Mandela was made a Bailiff Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in January 2004. In July of this year, the former President of South Africa was blessed to turn 91 years old.
Pro Utilitate Hominum


Harold Johnston said...

It looks as though Mr Mandela is wearing the mantle of a Knight of Grace. The painting for this postage stamp must have been made before he was promoted to the grade of Bailiff Grand Cross.

VOSJ Source said...

Indeed, you are correct!