The Order 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.

Candidates for the Order of Merit are drawn exclusively from the Companions of the Florentine Service Order and thus already have a proven record of distinguished service.

The neck 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

placed 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.

The postnominals are "OMSW" in English and Italian.

 

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