The Order is an association of lay people, who, inspired by the Gospel Beatitudes and the example of St. Martin of Tours, aims to put Jesus Christ at the center of their personal, family and professional daily life, so bringing the Beatitudes’ message to the world.
There are admitted men and women living the Gospel’s values inside the family and in the exercise of their profession. In the act of admission, they promise to live honestly, and as far as they can, to help the neighbor as the Gospel’s Good Samaritan. (Lk 10, 25-37)
The leading ideas of the Order’s spirituality are: Fraternal love, Volunteer.
The life’s rules: the Nine Beatitudes. (Mt. 5, 3-12)
The General Chapter (or of the Mats), is composed of all professed Knights, Chaplains, Knights Servant. Councilors has to give advices and suggestions on any initiative proposed to the Grand Council, approving it after a careful examination. They would help the Grand Prior and the Grand Council Members to reach the best achievement of the year’s purposes and initiatives and, possibly, also advice new ones to undertake.
Grand Council (Board) – The Members, First Councilors, collaborate in the Order’s organization. They, who signed the “Articles of Incorporation”, are part of the Grand Council. Subsequently, it is up to the General Prior to appoint, heard the Regent, other Grand Council’s members (said First Councilors) with all the rights, duties and charges being up to the First Councilors’ position. The Grand Council shall meet in ordinary session every three years, and in extraordinary session just in case of both General Priors and Grand Chaplain Death or extraordinary gravity’s events. It is composed of Founders and the later appointed Councilors.
General prior, it is an honorific granted by the Grand Council (board), approved by a majority of two thirds of the members. He represents the Order in official events; handles relations with the Church and other voluntary organizations. He consecrates new knights and appoints the area’s, regions’ and state’s delegates, according to Regent indications. The General Prior has the power to grant and also receive on behalf of the Order: awards, protectorates and anything else might be useful for Organization’s purpose and good name achieving.
Regent. He has the power to sign and the representation, even legal, of the Knights’ Order in every act, private and public, ordinary and extraordinary administration. It is up to the Regent to promote, coordinate and represent every initiative and event both for the growth that to active the aims of this Organization. He is also expressly authorized to sign buying, selling, bequest, donation, etc., acts of movable and immovable property, in agreement with treasurer. He is moreover authorized to opening, managing and closing current accounts and/or banking, mortgages, loans and any other act, joint signature with the Treasurer.
If a Grand Council’s Member dies, the Regent also takes his place until a new appointment. In case of Regent’s death, the Grand Council will be called and the new regent will be chosen, by a majority of the Grand Councilors Members’ votes, between the same components of the Grand Council. In case of no agreement (half plus one) after five voting on different days, the Gran Council will proceed to the sixth vote, when all Councilors will be allowed to vote and whoever had most votes shall be appointed Regent. In any case the incoming Regent assumes all his predecessor’s rights and charges.
General Vicar has to assist and advice the Regent in his activities, and to hold the position of Order Diplomatic Referent in Italy and abroad. In case of Regent’s death, he will assume all his powers, managing all ordinary administrative acts, until the new Regent’s election.
Chancellor. Chancellery’s Head, he heads the secretariat, keeps up the correspondence, draws up the session’s minutes, supervises the Order’s Archives, countersigns, as due act, after the Gran Prior, all acts involving the Order.
Vicar. He has to support and assists administrative and diplomatic activities of the General Vicar, replacing him in case his absence or vacant position.
Treasurer. He manages the Order’s administration, together the Regent. The Treasurer relates over the whole economic and draws up the annual budget and final accounts. in agreement with Regent, he manages all Order’s assets and shall assist the Regent to sign buying, selling, bequest, donation, etc, acts of movable or immovable property. He is expressly authorized to opening, handling and closing postal current accounts and/or banking, mortgages, loans and any other act in joint signature with Regent.
Curator and Archivist. Officer, who has the archive and the library responsibility, in order to ensure its conservation and management.
Referendario (Referendary) .Council’s Member has to study an issue and report it to the Gran Council where it will be examined.
Master of Ceremonies. He has to coordinate and to organize every ceremony. He takes care of any Ceremonial’s rule. He may appoint some co-worker, heard the Gran Prior and Regent binding opinions, with the aim of setting up a ceremonies’ office carrying out its activities.
Guardian of “Insigna” (Symbols), he assures the supply and distribution of all “Insigna” and other Order’s items, after Chancellor’s approval.
Master of Ensigns and Postulants. He controls, educates and carries them to the Knight’s investiture.
Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici is the General Prior of the Chivalrous St. Martin Order.
All Knights are present to the Order’s Tables. (Hierarchies do not exist among the Knights, but only different functions.)
The Chaplain , Father Luigi Mezzadri, is the Order’s spiritual responsible.
It is up to the Board, after reflecting on postulants’ morality, to decide their admittance to the Order by co-optation. Their investiture will happen in the Order’s Church, after a prayer eve to be held the evening before the investiture itself.
The postulant has to present an application that will be endorsed by two sponsor Knights who will explain to the Board all moral and cultural candidate’s peculiarities. Volunteer activities and/or a Priests’ letter about candidate’s religious beliefs will give him credit.
The Confreres, besides the Board (Table) where the Order’s activities are decided, have regular spiritual gatherings and convivial dinners according to the annually drawn up schedule.