Apostolic Religious Order
The Third Order of the Lion of Styria (OLS) is an apostolic religious order of chivalry under the protection of the Metropolitan See. The Spiritual Grandmaster and patron bishop is +David Leon Cooper, Metropolitan Archbishop.
The OLS is open to Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and members of other conservative apostolic churches. Members must vow to support the traditional morality common to the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Both men and women may become members. Men are knights and women styled dames. Both are considered "Religious." It is an "Apostolic Order of Chivalry" and religious order.
Members are allowed to choose their own "good works." They select their own charitable activities and prayer life in serving Jesus Christ. Signed vows are necessary to enter. Either the Secular Grandmaster or the Spiritual Grandmaster may receive brother knights or sister dames. Women are received as a Dame Grand Cross and are referred to as "Lady." Men are called "Brother" and may use the title Don, Sir, Dom or the German equivalent.