The Royal Order of Francis I, together with its sister Order, the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George, continues to lead the way among lay Catholic knightly associations and brotherhoods, in its commitment to inter-church and inter-faith dialogue.
Among important initiatives there was significant engagement with other Christian churches and the leaders of Muslim and Jewish religious communities in dialogue projects. Among these are the adoption for charitable purposes and financial support of the Forthspring Community Centre in Belfast which works to bridge the Roman Catholic-Protestant divide in Northern Ireland.
During 2004, the Royal Order of Francis I, together with its sister dynastic order, the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, led a high level interfaith dialogue delegation to Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. The delegation which was headed by the Order’s then Grand Prefect, HRH The Duke of Castro, undertook a series of important engagements in each country including interfaith dialogue seminars with Christian and Muslim leaders and spiritual visits to key Christian and Muslim places of worship.
The Royal Order of Francis I has launched a series of initiatives which include the exchange of Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders between Europe and the Arab world, the hosting of meaningful interfaith seminars in key European capitals, activities in Serbia and Montenegro and a London based conference for British and Bulgarian faith and civil leaders.