by NZ CATHOLIC staff
AUCKLAND — On June 21, the Priory of St John New Zealand held an investiture to officially confer St John Honours to this year’s recipients by the Governor General of New Zealand and the Prior of St John New Zealand Lieutenant General Right Hon. Sir Jerry Mateparae.
The investiture was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
The service saw two knights, three commanders, 12 officers and 29 members invested into the Order of St John.
The ceremony began with the Governor General inspecting a cadet parade of 100 youth members, followed by the investiture service in the cathedral.
The honours bestowed on the recipients are those of high regard and are said to be a great recognition of their dedication to St John.
The postulants are nominated by colleagues, and nominations are reviewed by a national committee before being approved by the sovereign head of the order, Queen Elizabeth.
St John serves communities throughout New Zealand by providing a range of services and products in the health and health-related fields.