of Merit of St. Stephen and Our Lady of Walsingham may be conferred
by the Patriarch of St. Stephen as a personal gift in recognition of
exceptional personal merit. It is one of the most exclusive
associations in the world, with membership limited to no more than
ten living members.
for the Order of Merit are drawn exclusively from the Companions of
the Florentine Service Order and thus already have a proven record of
insignia consists of a blue cross moline in honor of Our Lady of
Walsingham pendant from a red stone representative of the martyrdom
of St. Stephen on which are
three silver martyr's palm, all suspended from a ribbon of red and
yellow. In uniform, the full insignia is usually worn as a neck badge.
The service ribbon may also be worn through
the second buttonhole.
postnominals are "OMSW" in English and Italian.
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