We are a world-wide fraternal and spiritual society of diplomats, consular officials and other international affairs professionals.
Our Patron Saint is St. Gabriel the Archangel, recognized by the Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Islam and Judaism as “God’s Messenger.”
Historical examples of interfaith diplomacy can be found in the works of Francis of Assisi when he traveled to Egypt in 1219 to speak with Muslims in a spectacular attempt to broker peace with the sultan and his followers. He made such an impact with his preaching, that the sultan rebuffed some of his own religious advisors, the imams, who were insisting that Islamic law required that Francis must be beheaded. The Sultan in particular professed amazement at meeting a Christian who was also a person of peace and goodwill. Francis offered to be set on fire as a no-lose test — if he lived, it would be proof of the merits of the Christian religion but if he died, it would be because of his sins. Instead, the Sultan let him tour the historical sites in the Holy Land.
St. Maximilian Kolbe is a 20th century example of selfless Christian love for the dignity of all human life. He is also a great example of interfaith dialogue between our Catholic faith and our Buddhist and Jewish cousins. Maximilian Kolbe ministered to all of the individuals he encountered in the horrific unfolding of the Second World War, regardless of race, creed or culture. Additionally, as believers in a world of peaceful coexistence, Maximilian Kolbe should serve as the pinnacle example of our desire for peaceful coexistence throughout all mankind.