The Old Order of St. George, called Order of the Four Roman Emperors,
is proud to announce the
Sir Thomas More Award (Thomas Morus Preis)
. . . . by which it awards a prestigious prize to honorourable persons who best embody the spirit of Sir Thomas More. He or she must have demonstrated the importance of truth over power, through actions and words. The Award serves as a permanent example to encourage and reward high moral conduct, courage in actions and words, as well as in justice.
The Old Order of St. George (Alter Orden vom St. Georg) assesses the qualifications of candidates for this Award by considering their exemplary conduct, in teerms of having demonstrated the highest possible moral life attributes and values. Ladies and gentlemen considered for the Sir Thomas More Award, must have given testimony, that, even under difficult and constantly new challenges in politics and daily life, they have principally and consequently adhered to the Christian faith.
The Order imposes the highest standards in the process by which honorees are selected. It appoints a Council of between seven and eleven members who vote on the suggested recipients for the Award. The members are nominated by the Chapter of the Old Order of Saint George for appointment by its Governor, with voting rights for a period of 10 years. For information on the criteria used to evaluate candidates, or to submit names and qualifications of possible candidates, please contact the office of the Old Order of Saint George.
Donation-Statutes of the "Thomas-Morus-Preis"/
"Sir-Thomas-More-Award" of the "Old Order of Saint George,
also called Order of the Four Roman Emperors"
(1) The „Old Order of Saint George, also called Order of the Four Roman Emperors“ is, according to § 11, subpar. 1, lett. j of its statutes, donating, as an award, a medal, which on its foreside denotes „Thomas Morus Preis“ and „Sir Thomas More Award“.
(2) Within unspecified temporary intervals, the award is being bestowed upon merited ladies and gentlemen.
(1) The medal, made from silver, measures approximately 9 centimeters in diameter and 7 millimeters thickness. On its foreside, it shows the picture of Saint Thomas More and the name of the award in German and English language, whereby, centred in the upper half of the peripheral text field, it reads „Thomas Morus Preis“ and in the lower half „Sir Thomas More Award“. Centered on the right and left sides of the peripheral text field, it shows the shield of the crest of the Old Order of Saint George. On the reverse side, the medal shows a picture of Saint George on horseback, holding a long lance as dragonslayer. Elevated from the approximately 7 millimeters wide edge of the medal, the circumscription reads the name of the donor „Alter Orden vom St. Georg, genannt Orden der Vier Römischen Kaiser“. The number of the awarded medal, starting with 01, and the year of bestowal are also to be read, however, engraved on the edge of the medal, ie. „012013“
(2) The registered word marks „Thomas Morus Preis“ and „Sir Thomas More Award“ are protected by trademark law in Austria and the United States of America. Similar protection is striven for within the European Union.
(1) The selection of laureates happens according to strict criteria, in the sense of following the example of Saint Thomas More, who is being honoured for his testimony for the primacy of truth over power, as a permanent example for consistent, moral conduct, and for his courage in speaking and acting, as well as justice, for which he ultimately suffered bloody martyrdom by being beheaded. Neither honorary titles nor wealth infatuated the Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, since he was guided by a strong sense of impartiality. Primarily he was never prepared to compromise his conscience.
(2) By his or her exemplary conduct, the laureate must have substantiated, that positive law must not contradict natural law, since the latter constitutes nothing but the instruction to basic rules, which regulate moral life, that is, attributing the innermost demands and highest values of a human person. He or she has to have given testimony, that, even under difficult and constantly new challenges in politics and daily life, he or she has principally and consequently adhered to the Christian faith.
(1) The laureates get selected by a Council (jury) of 7-11 members, who are proposed by the Chapter of the Order, for appointment by the Governor of the Old Order of Saint George. They are to hold this position with voting rights for a period of 10 years. From within the Council, its members vote their President and his or her Deputy for the said period of time. Membership in this Council (jury) is an honorary post.
(2) The selection of persons to be honoured with the „Thomas Morus Preis“ - „Sir Thomas More Award“ results from thorough consultation, also with the previous winners of the prize. The jury decides with simple majority of the votes. In case of a voting tie, the President has a casting vote.
(3) The President of the Council then proposes the chosen person to the Governor of the Order for the bestowal of the „Thomas Morus Preis“ – „Sir Thomas More Award“.
(4) It is then up to the Governor of the Old Order of Saint George, to present the certificate of bestowal and the medal itself.
(1) As far as possible, the prize will be bestowed on the laureate in a solemn event on the feast day of Saint Thomas More (22nd of June for Catholics, 6th of July for Anglicans). During the bestowal of the prize, the reasons for the selection of the laureat are to be acknowledged in a wellfounded laudation. Also, the person has to be honoured as an exemplary personage.
(2) All previous laureats of the „Thomas Morus Preis“ – „Sir Thomas More Award“ are to be invited to each awarding celebration.
(1) After consultation with previous awardees and members of the Council (jury), the Chapter of the Order can propose changes of these statutary regulations, to be decided upon by the Convent of the „Old Order of Saint George, also called Order of the Four Roman Emperors“.