Sacred Medical Order Church of Hope (SMOCH)
The Sacred Medical Order is a private membership, religious organization, representing a Hospitaller tradition and legacy dedicated to preserving the tradition of monastic medicine as an intangible cultural heritage, including its rich history of hospital works, nursing, ambulance services, medical provisions and missions, vocations, care modalities, and Christian charity. History records that the first hospitals were Christian missions, maintained by religious orders, and is a conspicuous mark upon the landscape of humanity. Medical missions is the term used for missionary endeavors that began since earliest times that involve the administration of medical care, solace, and various forms assistance and treatment. The Hospitallers began in the Levant before the crusades, and extended into Europe, and eventually traveled to locales into the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Americas, and even the Pacific Islands.
SMOCH (Church of Hope) is an ecclesiastical body and educational Order. As an ecumenical membership by invitation, to both men and women, who are of good character and standing in their community, having desire to learn about our sacred medicines. SMOKH (the Knights of Hope) are the missionaries of the Church with unique ministries providing fraternity, education, and Church groups. SMOKH has many hundreds of members from diverse fields. Now in its nineteenth year of service, with its focus is on education and medical preparedness. It is established and operates on Nevis Island maintaining a Chapel, offices, museum, preserving a historical and traditional link with the founding Knights of St. John of St. Christopher/Nevis (c. 1651) and affiliations to other organizations. We have an office in Lares, Puerto Rico.