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HISTORY OF THE NOBLE COMPANY


From the onset of recorded history, like individuals have gathered in fellowship to ensure preservation of shared interests and in support of the common good. The Noble Company of St. Mary of Walsingham perpetuates chivalric honor through reflection, discipleship, and stewardship; its hereditary core of one hundred Companions forms a uniquely distinguished cadre of excellence proven through personal and professional achievement. The Noble Company is, by its charter and Apostolic Mandate, under the perpetual spiritual leadership of the Imperial Roman Church. Yet it remains an ecumenical Christian organisation. 

The Noble Company is a continuation of the patrician societies and noble companies of the Holy Roman Empire and Italian states. The Noble Company continues the legacy of Patrician honor and service under the ideals of Christian nobility...noblesse oblige (nobility obligates). The Noble Company's spiritual seats are Santa Maria Antiqua (in Rome) and Walsingham (England). It takes its name from the Pontifical Court of the Imperial Roman Church.

When vacancies occur, suitable candidates are considered for membership at the levels of Serving Companion or Noble Companion (hereditary). Candidates are considered internationally, based on their record of personal achievements and charitable works. As a highly selective and honorable private society of men and women from around the world, the Noble Company works in the background to make a positive difference in the lives of others. 

The Collar of the Noble Company is bestowed at the discretion of the Grand Master to those honored with membership as Noble Companions. The collar is a symbolic reminder of the Obligation of the Companion, to be held, worn, and cherished as long as the Companion and future heirs remain in good standing.

 

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The Noble Company is a division of the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church, Inc.
 

 

 

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