Alumnus honoured by the Queen
Patrick Burgess MBE, who was educated by the Jesuits at Wimbledon and Beaumont Colleges, has been made Chancellor of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Patrick (pictured below) has had a long association with the Order of St John and had been its Honorary Legal Counsel since 2007. He was installed as Chancellor of the Order by its Grand Prior, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, at the Priory Church in Clerkenwell, London.
This honour is regarded as quite rare, since the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, although non-denominational, are very much allied to the Church of England and Patrick may well be the first Catholic to receive such an appointment. The Order of St John was established in the 11th century and the English Order is a Royal Order of Chivalry established in 1831. Membership is by invitation only and individuals may not petition for admission.
Patrick Burgess qualified as a Solicitor in 1972 and became a partner in Gouldens in 1974, serving as head of the Corporate Department for 14 years. He served as Senior Partner for six years, before his retirement in 2007. He has also has been active in a number of charitable and community organisations, and was High Sherriff of West Sussex 2013 - 2014.
The Order of St John is perhaps best known through its service organisations, including St John Ambulance and St John Eye Hospital Group, the memberships and work of which are not constricted by denomination or religion. It is also a member of the Alliance of the Orders of St John of Jerusalem. The Chancellor is a member of the Order’s worldwide governing body, and contributes to the development of the Order’s overall policy internationally.
Main photo: The members of the Order of St John process to the Priory Church in Clerkenwell, central London.
Source: The Beaumont Union