The Saint Olav‘s Cross of Pilgrimage
The Saint Olav Pilgrimage Foundation, Norway, was established in November 2000 by the Grand Prior
Emeritus of Norway - His Excellency Chevalier Kaare Norwald Eikeland, GCLJ, GCMLJ, B.Eng.,
MNIF, and some colleagues as a legally, registered foundation in Norway with the objective of
collecting funds in the form of donations and gifts in order to perform humanitarian aid work.
That foundation was thereafter strongly supported by a special letter including Gods blessing to its
important work by His Excellency Dr. Gerhard Schwenzer, SS.CC., Roman-catholic bishop of Oslo, and
by Most Rev. Finn Wagle, Protestant bishop of Trondheim (Nidaros diocese).
This foundation is bestowing the Saint Olav‘s Cross of Pilgrimage as an ecumenical mark of distinction.
The foundation is awarding cross, miniature and diploma.
The breast cross is made of gilt and red transparent enamel and worn with a 35 mm watered ribbon with
a red medial stripe flanked on either side by a golden stripe and with white stripes at the edges. That
decoration may be worn according to rules, regulations or custom for dress or uniforms in each country
The Cross consists of a number of religious symbols and may be awarded to individuals who profess
Christianity and satisfy the six conditions below:
- Made a pilgrimage to Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, visited Stiklestad and at least one other
Saint Olav`s Church - in Norway or in another country.
- Performed altristic humanitarian work over a prolonged time to help the poor, sick and/or people
of few recourses.
- Participated in at least two contingents in connection with peace-creating or peace-keeping
operations or services, as a member of the military, the police or as a civilian.
- Alternatively participation in an operation or service may be approved combined with
humanitarian aid work, voluntary work in organizations that undertake peacekeeping activities,
or other work that promotes peace and friendship between people.
- Participated in at least one internationally organized peace-creating or peace-keeping operation or
service as a member of the military, the police or as a civilian plus made a pilgrimage to
Jerusalem, including visits to holy sites.
- In particular, reference is made to visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which has a
picture of Saint Olav on the fifth pillar into the church, with the inscription "Olauus Rex
Norvegie", thought to have been painted in the thirteenth century.
- At least two years service performing national or international aid work in a developing country
plus subsequent active and worthy participation in humanitarian work over a long period of time.
The foundation reserves the right to interpret the statues and eligibility requirements freely.
The Saint Olav‘s Cross of Pilgrimage may also be awarded to people who in an altruistic way have
supported the foundation, its goals and funds, or in some other way merit the award.
Members of the following Orders of Chivalry also meet the eligibility requirements; these are:
•The Order of St. John.
•The Order of St. Lazarus.
•The Sovereign Order of St. John of Malta.
•The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
•The Constantinian Order of Saint George.
Members of other knightly orders of good standing may also be considered for the award of the St.
Olav’s Cross of Pilgrimage.