STATUTES

The National Association of Papal Knights and Dames in the United States is Incorporated as a Not for Profit Corporation. 

Chapter One

1. 1. The name of this organization is the National Association of Papal Honorees in the United States, known hereafter as the Association. 

1.2.  The territorial limits of the Association shall be the fifty States of the United States of America. 

1.3.  The Association shall be a not-for-profit organization and is not formed for pecuniary profit or for financial gain. 

1.4.  The period of duration of the Society shall be until such time as this charter may be revoked by a vote of two thirds of the membership.  

Chapter Two

2.1.  The purposes of this Association are:

(a) To identify, distinguish and bring together all those persons honored with appointment to the post of Gentleman of His Holiness, membership in the Papal Orders, namely the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Pius IX (Ordine Piano; Pian Order), the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory the Great (Ordine di San Gregorio Magno), and the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Pope Saint Sylvester (Ordine di San Silvestro), or who have received the Crosses Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, and Benemerenti.

(b) To support and defend the Supreme Pontiff and the Magisterium of the Church.

(c) To celebrate an annual Mass in honor of Saint Gregory the Great and Pope Saint Sylvester.

(d) To remember deceased Gentlemen of His Holiness, Pontifical Knights and Dames, and recipients of the Crosses  Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, and Benemerenti.

(e) To identify, distinguish and bring together, as Honorary Members in good standing, all Ecclesiastical Honorees in the classes of Monsignorial Titles a, b, and c,[1] and those holding the title of Assistant to the Papal Throne.             

Chapter Three 

3.1. Membership is automatic for every qualified person appointed to the post of Gentleman of His Holiness, nominated to the Papal Orders or who receives the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. All those persons who are presently Gentleman of His Holiness, or members of the Papal Orders shall be members of the Association; any future Gentlemen of His Holiness, knights or dames of the Papal Orders, and recipients of the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice will become members after they receive their bull of appointment or diploma. 

3.2. Ecclesiastical Honorees shall be accorded honorary membership, following the grant of a bull of appointment by the Cardinal Secretary of State. All those presently holding one of the three Monsignorial ranks or the title of Assistant to the Papal Throne shall become Honorary Members. 

Chapter Four 

4.1. The Association shall be governed by a Council composed of a President, Vice-Presidents, Chancellor, Treasurer, and Secretary-Registrar, and an Ecclesiastical advisor known as Chaplain, each of whom shall have one vote. 

4.2. The Knights or Dames Grand Cross of the Papal Orders and the Gentlemen of His Holiness shall be Vice-Presidents from the foundation of the Association or from the date of their appointment, for their lifetimes. 

4.3.  The Council shall elect the President from among the Vice-Presidents for a non-renewable term of three years.  

4.4. The Council shall nominate the Chancellor, Treasurer and Secretary-Registrar from among the membership for renewable terms of five years. 

4.5. Members of the Council may not receive any remuneration for the exercise of their functions other than reimbursement of those out of pocket expenses authorized by the Council.  

Chapter Five 

5.1 The Council shall be empowered to set a minimum annual membership fee payable by all subscribing members, which shall be used to defray the expenses of organization and management. This amount shall not exceed $50 annually. 

5.2. The Council may also, from time to time, and on occasions such as Papal Jubilees, and other special events, raise a one time donation as a gift for the Supreme Pontiff.

Chapter Six

6.1. Proposed amendments to the Charter or Statutes must be presented in writing to each member of the Council, not less than twenty-one days prior to a regularly scheduled or special meeting of the Council. 

6.2. Amendments to the Regulations may be approved by a two-thirds majority of the full membership of the Council.  

Chapter Seven 

7.1. The Council of the Association shall be empowered to draw up Regulations of this Association provided these Regulations do not conflict in any regard with this Charter.

Chapter Eight

8.1.  The Council shall nominate a Patron of the Association who shall be a Member of the Sacred College, or hold the office of titular or residential Archbishop of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

Chapter Nine

9.1. This Charter may only be amended following approval by a three-quarters majority of the full membership of the Council, confirmed by a two-thirds majority of the membership.


REGULATIONS

Article One

1.1.     Membership in the National Association of Papal Honorees in the United States (NAPHUS), known hereafter as the Association, is automatic for any United States citizens or permanent residents who have been honored with appointment to the post of Gentleman of His Holiness, membership in the Papal Orders, namely the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Pius IX (Ordine Piano; Pian Order), the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory the Great (Ordine di San Gregorio Magno), and the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Pope Saint Sylvester (Ordine di San Silvestro), or receipt of the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice,

1.2.     Honorary Membership shall be automatic for any United States citizen who has been elevated to the Episcopacy and as such is a member of the Papal Chapel, or have been honored with the Monsignorial titles of Apostolic Protonotary (both classes), Prelate of Honor of His Holiness, or Chaplain of His Holiness and Assistant to the Papal Throne

1.3.     Only those members who pay the annual subscription or who have paid the life membership fee, and will be styled subscribing members, shall receive mailings and the newsletter. Honorary members may request the mailings for which they shall be charged a fee to be set by the Council.

1.4.     There shall be not less than one regularly scheduled annual membership meeting each calendar year at which, in the event of a motion put forward by the Council of the Association, each subscribing member may have one vote. Notice of such meetings must be given at least twenty-one days in advance. A quorum for the purpose of transacting business shall consist of a minimum of forty per cent of the subscribing members in good standing that are in attendance at the meeting or who have remitted proxies. 

Article Two 

2.1. Since the Papal Orders and Honorary Appointments are given as a personal distinction without any particular duties or responsibilities, membership of the Association does not demand specific obligations other than payment of the annual or life membership fee by subscribing members. 

Article Three 

3.1. The Association shall be presided over by a President, elected by the Council from among the Vice-Presidents.

3.2. The deputy of the President shall be the Senior Vice-President, elected by the Council from among the Vice-Presidents.

3.3. The President or, in the Presidentís absence, the Senior Vice-President shall chair meetings of the Council. 

Article Four 

4.1. The senior executive officer of the Association will be the Chancellor. He shall convene the meetings of the Council and require the Secretary to inform the members of the Council of the dates of such meetings in good time.  

Article Five 

5.1. The Treasurer shall be responsible for preparing the Annual Budget, submitting it to the Council for approval, and presenting the Accounts of the Association; shall be responsible for collecting membership fees and dues, maintain the books and accounts and have custody of the funds of the Association; shall render periodic reports of the Associationís finances as directed by the Council; shall deposit all funds of the Association in the bank account designated by the Council; shall attend to the payment of all bills and obligations of the Association, and shall have such other duties as ordinarily pertain to the office of Treasurer. 

Article Six 

6.1.  The Secretary-Registrar: shall maintain the membership roll of the Association; shall inform the Editor of the Newsletter of the names of all new Gentlemen of His Holiness and Papal Knights and Dames, and recipients of the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, and those who have been honored with one of the three Monsignorial ranks or the post of Assistant to the Papal Throne, and of those who have died. He shall record and keep the minutes of meetings and any other proceedings of the Council or the Association; shall be responsible for all correspondence of the Association; shall mail such notices as may be required to the membership of the Association and to the members of the Council thereof, and shall have such duties as ordinarily pertain to the office of Secretary.

6.2. The Council may appoint a full or part-time assistant-secretary and assistant-registrar, neither of who may be members of the Association, to assist the Secretary and the Registrar with their duties. These officers may receive remuneration for the exercise of their functions, the amount of which shall be established by the Council. 

Article Seven

7.1. The Council must appoint a firm of Accountants to prepare the annual accounts.

7.2.  The Association shall maintain such bank accounts as may be necessary which shall bear the name of the Association. Checks drawn on these accounts shall require the signature of two officers, one of whom shall be the Treasurer. 

Article Eight 

8.1.  The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Chancellor, Treasurer and Secretary-Registrar along with one or more Vice-President. This Committee may transact the ordinary business of the Association but may not alter the charter or Statutes in any way. 

Article Nine 

9.1. Meetings of the Council should take place at least once annually and must be notified in writing to each member twenty-one days in advance.

9.2. Participation or voting in such meetings may be by telephone conference or some other similar means of electronic communication, which will enable all participants to hear the entire proceedings. 

Article Ten 

10.1 State or Regional Delegations may be established by members of the Papal Orders in each State or Region of the United States and may be attached to the National Association with the permission of the Council of the Association.

10.2. These Delegations may be organized in order to facilitate social meetings of members in that area and arrange functions on behalf of the local membership.

10.3. These Delegations shall arrange representation at Diocesan functions with the local Ordinary, at the burial of members, at the investitures of Papal Knights and Dames, and the installation of ecclesiastical honorees.

10.4. Each Delegation may elect its own Council and Officers, make its own rules and statutes provided that such rules do not conflict with this Charter, and charge an appropriate annual membership fee. This fee may be charged as part of the fee payable to the National Association, that portion of the fee due to the National Association being payable by the Delegation to the Treasurer.

10.5. The Council must approve any outlays of funds requiring reimbursement from the National Association. 

Article Eleven

11.1. The members shall be invited to meet annually for a Mass to be celebrated in honor of Saint Gregory the Great and Saint Sylvester [or the Chair of Peter], and for the health and intentions of the reigning Pontiff. The place shall be selected by the Council in consultation with the membership, with the permission of the Ordinary of the local diocese, and shall be followed by a reception and dinner.

11.2. The Annual Membership Meeting, as required under Article 1.4. of these Statutes, shall ordinarily be held at this time.

11.3. Members of the Association should seek to obtain the uniform of their respective Order to wear when invited to participate in ceremonies of their local Diocese.

11.4. The Association or local Delegation shall assign duties at Diocesan events for both ladies and gentlemen in consultation with the local Ordinary.  

Article Twelve

12.1. The Council of the Association shall set the amount of the annual membership fee.

12.2.  The initial amount of the annual membership fee shall be [$25].

12.3.  The annual fee shall be payable upon joining and each calendar year thereafter on the first day of January.

12.4.  Either upon joining or at any time thereafter, members of the Association shall elect to pay a single lifetime membership fee. This will give rise to no further demand for annual dues.  

Article Thirteen 

13.1. The Association shall publish a Newsletter for the subscribing membership. This shall include the names and rank of new Papal honorees, the names of those promoted and of those who have died. Every subscribing member shall be entitled to receive the Newsletter.

13.2. The Council shall appoint an honorary Editor of the Newsletter, who need not be a member of the Council, for a period not to exceed one year and whose reappointment must be confirmed at the Annual General meeting.

13.3. The Council may institute the employment of such full or part-time personnel as may be necessary to assist the Editor in the production of the Newsletter, in consultation with the membership.

13.4. A directory of all members shall be created in due course. This shall include the names of all Papal Honorees, their personal and business addresses, and details and dates of all Papal honors, degrees, titles and awards (but no further information).  

Article Fourteen 

14.1. The Council may make grants in the name of the Association directly to the Holy See or to Catholic Church charities selected in discussion with the Patron of the Association, and approved by the general body of the Subscribing Membership.  

Article Fifteen 

15.1. Any changes to these Regulations must be in accordance with the terms of the Charter of the Association and must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the full Council of the Association.


[1]  Apostolic Protonotary di numero and supernumerary, Prelate of Honor of His Holiness, and Chaplain of His Holiness.

 
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