The Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen

We believe in the power of FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY.    

  • FAITH in Chivalry
  • HOPE in our Benefactors, Knights, Dames, and Nobles
  • CHARITY to help disadvantaged, abused, or neglected Women and Children of the World
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  • Dear Friends, Members of the Monarchical Chapter, and Knights, Dames and Nobles of the Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen.

    It is my pleasure and distinct honor to inform you, that His Royal Highness Prince Rafael, Sovereign of the Royal House of Cappadocia or short Principality of Cappadocia, has received the recommendations of the Nominations Committee which reviewed and recommended the very best Nominees based on their exceptional "Achievements" in one or more of the eight (8) Recognition Categories and their "Philanthropic" efforts. 

    Prince Rafael, our Prince Grand Master has made his decision, which is final, subject to the required Passage Fee Donations.

    H.R.H. Prince Rafael's personal "INVITATION TO THE ROYAL RECOGNITION & CHARITY GALA" will be received on or before March 31, 2023 by the POSTULANTS that have being knighted a Knight "Sir" or "Dame / Lady" on June 11, 2023, under the auspices of the Grand Priory of Illinois. The Ceremonies will be officiated by our Prince Grand Master H.R.H. Prince Rafael arriving from Spain, H.G. the Duchess Dr. Nancy and Duke  Gerhart, Secretary of State and Prime Minister,  H.G. Duchess Consort Linda and Duke Michael, from Florida, H.E. Sir Sidney Leluan III, Grand Prefect General of the Royal Order, and Grand Prior General for Central and South America, as well as  other leaders of the Royal House and its Royal Orders of Chivalry. 

    Congratulations,  to each of the Postulants and much success on your Journey in Chivalry, I assure you, your life will never be the same. 

    We are looking forward to seeing all who had the opportunity to make their reservation, as space is limited, at this Royal Gala.  Tuxedo, gala uniform, or tails for gentlemen, and formal evening gown or gala uniform for Ladies is required.  Knights, Dames and Nobles, don't forget your Capes and official Royal Order Jewels, but do not bring your sword, scepter, or any type of crown.

    In Chivalry Yours,

    H.E. Sir Dr. James Dentley III                                                                H.G. Duke Gerhart

    Grand Prior of the Grand Priory of Illinois                                          Secretary of State

    Of the Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen        Principality of Cappadocia 

    March 20, 2023

  • The regularly scheduled meeting for the month of October 2022 was well attended.  This meeting has been recorded for your convenient review, and the link will be provided to our members via Royal Order e-mail.

    "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.  So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.  You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, or whatever. By Steve Jobs.

    On behalf of H.R.H. Prince Rafael, I wish to thank  all who attended this important meeting. Our joint commitment to achieve our Vision and Mission, together with your active participation will guide us for the rest of this Century.       


    To perpetuate and expand knightly virtues, to encourage intellectual rigorousness, to recognize exemplary conduct and achievement, to enhance Society through leadership that nurtures, develops and inspires the innovators of tomorrow. We believe in the Power of FAITH in Chivalry, HOPE in our Members, Benefactors, Knights, Dames and Nobles, and our CHARITY  the "Royal Homes for Women and Children in need."


    To create a forum for the worldwide community by recognizing worthy men and women of exceptional accomplishment, who share our believes in chivalry and in the the power of FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY, and therefor deserve being knighted and part of the Chivalric Orders and Nobility of the "Sovereign Constantinian Order of Cappadocia and San Bartolomeo," in short "The Sovereign and Royal House of Cappadocia" or simply the "PRINCIPALITY OF CAPPADOCIA."

    In Chivalry yours, God Bless our Principality, its Royal Orders of Chivalry and Prince Rafael,

    Duke Gerhart    

    H.G. Duke Gerhart Wilhelm Walch of Styria of Cappadocia, CEO of the Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen, Prime Minister and Secretary of State, Sovereign Constantinian Order of Cappadocia "Principality of Cappadocia"

  • 25 Jan 2022 11:52 PM | H.G. Gerhart W. Walch, Duke of Styria of Cappadocia, SecState (Administrator)

    Greetings Sir Knights, Ladies and Nobles.

    Unlike previous events, this event in Las Vegas, NV is historic.  While the Officers of the Royal Order were required to pare down significantly from the February 23, 2020 gathering in Honolulu, Hawaii,  required to make commonsense decisions as The Royal Order navigates carefully within the boundaries of global pandemic issues and healthcare guidelines, they are are inspired by the opportunities that have evolved and never been greater for the Sovereign Constantinian Order of Cappadocia, shortened by official proclamation "Principality of Cappadocia" and its three Orders of Chivalry as you will learn.  

    You are herewith invited by His Serene Highness Rafael Andujar y Vilches, Prince of Cappadocia, Duke of Oujitze, Count of Edessa, Byzantine Patrician of the Eastern Holy Roman Empire, Prince of San Bartholomeo, and Grand Master of the Sovereign Constantinian Order of Cappadocia and its three Orders of Chivalry, to formally Open the Biennial Meeting 2022, to actively participate and welcome twenty three (23) exceptional Nominees to be recognized for exemplary achievement in eight Recognition Categories.




    Saturday, February 26, 2022   

    Registration / Credentialing / Fellowship                                                        10:00 am
    Opening of the 2022 Annual Assembly                                                            11:00 am

    1. Roll Call of Voting Members (Knights, Dames, and Nobles)
    2. Introduction of Visiting Dignitaries
    3. Invocation
    4. Reports (in printed form) 
      • Report of the Credentialing Committee (if there is a Quorum present)
      • Necrology and Memorials
      • Reading of the Minutes of the Meeting of February 23, 2020 
        • The General Grand Prior (President) 
        • The General Grand Prelate (Arch Bishop)
        • The General Grand Chancellor (Secretary)
        • The General Grand Silvermaster (Treasurer)
          • The Financial Statement as of December 31, 2020 & 2021
          • The Budget for the Years 2022 & 2023
    5. Nominations and Elections
    6. Setting of the Date and Place for the 2024 Biennial Meeting
    7. Introduction of the Guest of Honor
    8. Remarks of His Serene Highness, the Prince Grandmaster

    sunday, february 27, 2022 

    Royal Order Officers Meeting w/Luncheon                               11:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Red Carpet                                                                                        04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Cocktail Hour                                                                                    05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

    Recognition Banquet & Investiture Ceremonies                       06:00 pm - Midnight


  • Please join us in welcoming Attorney J. Glen Wagstaff as one of our newest Benefactors of the MONARCHICAL CHAPTER of the Sovereign and Royal House of Cappadocia, the first step on his journey to knighthood.

    The Mission of the Principality of Cappadocia is to create a forum for the worldwide community by recognizing worthy men and women of exceptional accomplishment, who share our belief in chivalry and in the power of Faith, Hope, and Charity, and therefore deserving being part of the SOVEREIGN AND ROYAL HOUSE OF CAPPADOCIA AND SAN BARTOLOMEO's three Orders of Chivalry and its Nobility.

    Dames, Knights, and Nobles of THE ROYAL ORDER OF CONSTANTINE AND SAINT HELEN are empowered to propose Nominations for Knighthood in eight "Recognition Categories".

    Please congratulate Benefactor Atty. Glen, who also has been nominated for Knighthood by Sir John Shin.

    This nomination received approval by the Office of the Secretary of State, whose recommendations to approve the conferral of Knighthood in the Recognition Category "Entrepreneurship" has been presented to H.R.H. Prince Rafael Andujar Vilches, Sovereign of the Royal House of Cappadocia and Bartolomeo, Grand Master of its three Orders of Chivalry, including The Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen.

    Provided that the Nomination and Recommendation win the favor of H.R.H. Prince Rafael, the investiture ceremony will be held on February 27, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • 24 Sep 2021 11:09 AM | H.G. Gerhart W. Walch, Duke of Styria of Cappadocia, SecState (Administrator)

    We hope you enjoyed our 1st Saturday of the Month Talk on September 7, 2021 with Sir John Shin, KC, Grand Prior of the USA (elect), as our Guest. 

    This is our archive and distribution ready link to this truly fascinating discussion and wide ranging presentation:    

    LINK:   "1st Saturday of the Month Talk" with Guest - Sir John Shin Sept. 7, 2021

    Sir John is the founder and CEO of AXIANTA Financial Partners where he leads a sales force of nearly 100,000 agents and offices throughout the United States. He the author of the book: How Rich Asians Think: A Think and Grow Rich Publication, and the executive producer of the movie: THINK: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich, which he plans to share with you in the near future.

    We invite you to participate actively in the Initiatives of our Order of Chivalry and the Sovereign and Royal House of Cappadocia. Visit as well as our FB page frequently and to stay informed. 

    See you all on the 1st Saturday of the Month Talk on October 2, 2021.

    In Chivalry yours, your Host of the "1st Saturday of the Month Talk!"

    Duke Gerhart of Styria of Cappadocia

  •          Duchess Consort Linda Carole Teilmann, Dame Grand Collar               

    Feast Day of Saint Helen 2021 

    August 18, 2021   

         Greetings to all Nobles, Knights, Dames and Members of the Monarchical Chapters of the Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen. 

         His Grace, Duke Michael, our Royal Order’s Deputy Grand Master to His Royal Highness, Prince Rafael Andujar y Vilches, Prince Grand Master, and I wish you and your families good health and happiness after this last year and a half of many difficulties and loss of life due to the worldwide pandemic.  It is our honor to serve His Royal Highness and each of you in this very worthwhile organization.

    As many of you are aware, each year our Royal Order commemorates the official Feast Day of Saint Helen, the Blessed Mother of Constantine the Great.  The official day is August 18th, however, we are inviting you to set aside a few moments anytime during the month of August to reflect on the accomplishments of this amazing woman.  She converted to Christianity shortly after her son, Constantine, became Roman Emperor.  Due to her newfound faith, she used her position to care for the poor, liberate prisoners and, of vital importance, provided inspiration to her son, to allow Christians to worship freely. 

         Her conversion to Christianity brought her strong faith, and in the year 326, she began a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  There she ordered the construction of the Basilicas of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives. She encouraged her son to build a Basilica over the sites where Jesus had died and risen from the dead.  After clearing away the pagan edifices that had been built on the site, the workers began construction of the Basilica. The work was overseen by Empress Helen, who hoped to discover the relics of Christ’s Passion.  Her faith was rewarded when the True Cross was discovered.  The identity of the Cross was confirmed when a deceased man was laid upon the wood and miraculously restored to life.  The three nails from the Crucifixion were presented by Empress Helen to Constantine. One was cast into the Iron Crown, as a reminder that there is no rule which should not be subject to God; the Crown currently rests in the Cathedral of Monza, in Italy. The other precious relics of the Crucifixion are today preserved in the Roman Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem.  Her seemingly impossible efforts and achievements resulted in The Holy See proclaiming Empress Helen, as Saint of the Roman Catholic Church sometime after her death.

         In years past, we have encouraged the Ladies of Saint Helen to host a luncheon or a tea where they could discuss the great efforts of Saint Helen and to introduce potential candidates to the Royal Order of Saint Constantine the Great and Saint Helen.  Sadly, with the health threat of COVID 19, our leaders have determined that it would be in the best interests of our Nobles, officers, Ladies, Knights and Members of the Monarchical Chapters not to physically gather, but rather to take some quiet time with family to ponder the great achievements of Saint Helen.

         We encourage each of you to regularly review our website to meet new members, or learn of the planned activities of our membership.  There is much that each of you can do in the meanwhile – such as learning the history of our Royal Order, that of our leaders and of the Royal House.  There are also many wonderful articles and photographs on the Royal House's website as well as posted on our Facebook page, Royal Order of Constantine the Great and St Helen

    In Christ’s Love and Service,

    Duchess Consort Linda Carole Teilmann, DGC

    Dame Grand Collar, Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen

    P.S:  Help us build our history.  Should you have an event, however small, please send us brief summaries of your activities and pictures. 


    Details will be announced

    1. August 18, 2021 - Feast of Saint Helen. To be celebrated at every Grand Priory as a fundraising opportunity in the spirit of Saint Helen. This very special event is usually coordinated by our Ladies.  Ideas are invited. We understand the Grand Priory of Hawaii will have an "Afternoon High-Tea Party" fundraising event at one of the finest hotels in Hawaii.  
    2. September/Octobert Investiture Ceremonies Preparation.  Dates and places will be announced. Members of the Monarchical Chapter, who desire to advance to Knight- or Damehood, may prepare a Petition together with their Mentor  which must be a Knight or Dame of the Royal Order. When approved an Investiture Ceremony and Gala will scheduled and held within the jurisdiction of the respective Grand Priory. While H.R.H. Prince Rafael, Prince Grand Master plans to attend such events, he may appoint by Royal Decree a "Personal Representative" who will perform the knighting ceremony to meet strict legal "Fons Honorum" requirements. Grand Priories located in the United States must coordinate their Investiture Ceremonies with H.E. Sir John Shin, Grand Prior of the United States. 
    3. On or about October 28, 2021 - Celebration of the Battle at Milvian Bridge, with the Advancement of Knights, Dames and Nobles. The place and venue and exact day will be announced soon. It will be attended by H.R.H. Prince Rafael who will officiate among other promotions a very special ceremony consisting of the elevation of a Knight and a Lady to one of the highest ranks of nobility, that of a Count and Countess. Ceremonies such as these are very rarely seen in ones life-time.  Attendance is limited. Please RSVP soonest.
    4. November 12-15, 2021 Grand Priory of Japan.  Annual Meeting and Knighthood Investiture Gala. This is event currently planned. Details will be announced after the next Royal Order's Virtual Leadership Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, September 4, 2021.
    5. February 22 -26,2022 -  Annual General Meeting. (Place to be announced.) This is event currently planned to be attended by Representatives of all Grand Priories, Details will be announced after the next Royal Order's Leadership Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, July 3, 2021.  The Annual General Meeting will include the regular business agenda, including the approval of granting charters for new Grand Priories.  The highlight will be the 2022 Royal House of Cappadocia Prize Awards Gala - presented to eight Nominees, one per Recognition Category. Nominees will be notified.
    6. August 2022 - Charter Ceremony and 1st Meeting of the Grand Priory of Greece. Lady Maria DiGiovanni, Dame Commander and Ambassador of the Royal Order to Greece, plans to coordinate this visitation with the Vision of establishing the Grand Priory of Greece, and a Royal Home for Women & Children in need on behalf of the Royal Order.  Among the requirements to approve a new Grand Priory, a Petition must be presented by twelve (12) Members of the Monarchical Chapter sixty (60) days prior to the Annual General Meeting. After conclusion of this Visitation, members and guest may participate at an Optional Tour to Istanbul, and Cappadocia, Turkey. Should you be interested to attend, please let us know.  

    This is YOUR Order of Chivalry, your ideas, suggestions and active participation are appreciated. For additional information and Initiatives in process, please visit our website by pressing this button... 


  • 16 Jun 2021 12:38 PM | H.G. Gerhart W. Walch, Duke of Styria of Cappadocia, SecState (Administrator)

    We wish to extend our warmest welcome Mr. MICHAEL CHAOour newest Member/Benefactor of The Monarchical Chapter of The Royal Order of Saint Constantine the Great and Saint Helen.

    Michael, born in Taiwan, is hearing impaired (deaf), and a well-known Military Aerial Photographer of Alhambra, California, United States.  Michael started to learn photography about 15 years ago. Although his learning speed is slower than others due to his deafness, he loves aerial photography even though he can't hear the aircraft engines. It is a majestic rumble, and when the plane soars in the sky, his heart will follow the plane to fly in the sky. He encourages all disabled friends to stand up bravely, pursue their dreams, and strive to do what is impossible.

    During childhood at the age of 3, he had a high fever, improper medication, and a special-effect anti-fever injection, which caused the acquired hearing loss. He finished elementary school in Taiwan and entered a junior high school for the hearing impaired. Because of his slow learning progress and bad temper due to deafness and struggling to deal with his disability, resulting in poor academic performance. During that time, Michael encountered a bottleneck in his studies in Taiwan and suffered a lot from hearing impairment. 

    Later, his whole family of four immigrated to the United States, where Michael entered hearing impaired class to study the English language, mathematics, and took other courses, including American Sign Language. He had to learn everything from scratch, which was very tiring and miserable. After graduation, he entered American society to work. Fifteen years ago, he picked up the courage to study photography in his spare time at work. Because he couldn't hear the instructor's lecture, his father would accompany him all the way to the photography class and help him take notes.

    Michael said that he likes to use the lens to capture the spectacular flights of military aircraft. The uniform and heroic posture of military aircrafts make him very happy. He sees himself flying higher and higher, just like an airplane rushing into the blue sky. In order to be able to photograph military aircraft, he often participates in aviation exhibitions all over the United States. Even without the sophisticated professional equipment of aviation photographers, he still strives to capture the unpredictable moments of military aircraft with his lens.

    He said that his favorites to photograph are the US Air Force "Thunderbirds" aerobatic team and the US Navy's "Blue Angels" aerobatic team. His dream is to photograph military aircraft from different countries that all have different heroic appearances. He said that no matter how others judge or look down on him and others with disabilities, he will work hard to move forward. He encourages Taiwan's hearing impaired and disabled friends to stand up bravely and work towards their goals instead of doing nothing. Recently, he also began to learn how to dive. In the future, he plans to add underwater photography to his expertise.  Whether it is photography of airplanes in the blue sky, and beautiful under-water photography he thanks God for his grace, which enriched his life and gave him a happy heart. We are very proud that Michael decided to join the exclusive membership of the Monarchical Chapter.  We had the opportunity to meet Michael during one of the Investiture Events and he looked as sharp in his Tuxedo as in his flight uniform.  

    Lady Maria DiGiovanni, Dame Commander and Michael Chao.

    Becoming a "Member Benefactor of the Monarchical Chapter" is a requisite step in attaining knight-, damehood and voting membership in The Royal Order of Saint Constantine the Great and Saint Helen, one of the three Orders of Chivalry of the Sovereign & Royal House of Cappadocia and San Bartolomeo.

    Again, on behalf of H.R.H. Prince Rafael, H.G. Duke Michael, Deputy Grandmaster, and all General Grand Officers, we wish Michael a very warm welcome.

    H.G. Gerhart, Duke of Styria of Cappadocia

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Royal Decree No. 117/2020 - We, His Royal Highness Don Rafael Andujar Y Vilches, of San Bartolommeo, by the grace of God and hereditary rights, sovereign and titular head of the Royal House of Cappadocia, Prince of Cappadocia, Prince of San Bartolommeo, etc., ... we have resolved and resolve to promote our esteemed Knight, Sir Gregory Arlon Pentecost to the Rank of: "Knight Grand Cross" of The Royal Order of Saint Constantine the Great and Saint Helen Foundation.

Recognizing Exceptional Individuals

Grand Priory of Hawaii - 2021 Annual Conclave and Installation of elected Grand Officers, held on February 17, 2021 in commemoration of our Founder's, Emperor Constantine the Great's birthday.  In accordance with the Rules of The Royal House of Cappadocia, His Grace Gerhart Wilhelm Walch Duke of Styria of Cappadocia acted as the Personal Representative of His Royal Highness, the Prince Grand Master and together with His Grace Duke Michael of Aswan of Cappadocia, Deputy Grand Master, they presented his best wishes in virtual form, which will be attached to the Video of this solemn Conclave. Sir Bishop Thomas Mount opened the Conclave with an inspiring Prayer.  The following elected Officers were installed: Sir Sid Leluan, acted as the Installing Officer with elegance and grace.  The Officers of the Grand Priory are:  H.E. Sir Gregory Arlan Pentecost, KGC, Most Eminent Grand Prior, Sir James Boersema (Col. U.S. Army ret.), Right Eminent Grand Vice Prior, Sir Dr. Arnold Villafuerte, Right Eminent Grand Chancellor, and Sir Dustin T. Verity, Right Eminent Grand Silvermaster will be installed at a later date, together with the appointed grand officers.

Members, Knights, Dames, and Nobles in the News

Becoming a "Member Benefactor of the Monarchical Chapter" is a requisite step in attaining knight-, damehood and voting membership in The Royal Order of Saint Constantine the Great and Saint Helen.  Please help us to welcome the two newest Members of the Monarchical Chapter of The Royal Order of Saint Constantine the Great and Saint Helen:

Attorney/Entrepreneur Christeen N.A. Walch, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Styria of Cappadocia.  Chris is the co-founder and COO of LifeScore which has been crowned on March 8, 2021, the UK’s most innovative MediaTech company after securing backing from both a high-profile judging panel and readers of tech publication BusinessCloud.  The London-based start-up, which uses AI (artificial intelligence) to adapt music to the listener’s environment, was named           No. 1  on the 100 MediaTech Innovators ranking for 2021Duchess Dr. Nancy decided to honor this achievement by making the Benefactor donation.

Captain The Honorable Rev. Dr.  Vance L Whippo, is a Mental Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Chaplain who owns his own practice in Washington state. He received his doctorate in ministry with a focus in psychology and chaplaincy. He was Ordained with the Anglican Church, USA in 2012. He uses his formidable knowledge to work with trauma victims and couples. He has served in the military for over 36 years, serving in all enlisted ranks and being commissioned an officer currently as a Captain in the  Chaplain Corps of the Reserves, National Guard and State Guard.

Ongoing Initiatives

  • Membership Development:  To achieve sustainable membership growth with a clear path of advancement based on service in the form of time, talent and/or treasure,
  • Our Charity:  To continue our efforts of establishing Grand Priories, Priories and Chapters worldwide, each determined to maintain a “Royal Home for Women  and Children” in need, and
  • Our Legacy:   Our Efforts to rebuild our Royal House to its rightful place in history.  We plan to do so through the acquisition, development and management of real estate assets and operations that can be improved with Innovation, Creativity, and Capital

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