Any Catholic 18 years of age or older who is in good standing in the Church is eligible. Election to membership is open to any such individual, in a Caravan of his choice, provided he complies with the initiation ceremony requirements and the governing documents of the Order.
This includes Priests, Deacons, Brothers, and Nuns
All Catholic laity and religious are eligible. The Order is privileged to have Cardinal Adam Maida as its Ecclesiastical Protector and Reverend Martin J. Gillespie as its Supreme Chaplain. There are many priests, brothers and deacons who are members of the international Order of the Alhambra, Inc.
The Order was even honored by the late Pope John Paul II,
If you know of a Caravan in your local area, contact a member of that Caravan and let them know that you are interested in membership.
In the Cleveland area you can contact the Carmona Caravan No.75 at 216-502-2117 or fill out the contact form below.
If you do not know of a Caravan near you and don't know who to contact you can call or email the Executive Secretary at the Order of the Alhambra, Inc.'s Baltimore office. Our toll-free number is 1-800-478-2946.
You may also click the "Join Us!" button at the bottom of our webpage and someone will be sure to contact you.
The annual cost of membership varies within each Caravan and is based on a per capita charge set by the international Order plus an (optional) local assessment voted on by the members of each Caravan. The initial cost to join takes into consideration these annual dues, a one-time $10.00 processing fee, the cost of purchasing either a Fez or medallion and on occasion, the cost of a celebratory meal following the Ceremonial.
The 2023 per capita (per person) assessment, billed annually to the Caravans, is $48.00 USD. Caravans may include this per capita amount in the dues they charge to members
We have a special provision for "Unaffiliated" Members. A member who is in good standing in the Order, and who is unaffiliated with a chartered Caravan, or holds a demit (resigns) from a Caravan, may still retain active membership in the Order by electing to be known as a "Member-at-Large."
Not at this time but please read to the end. A number of proposals for other types of membership have been put forth over the years at our biennial convention but so far, none have been adopted. That said, you do not have to be Catholic to volunteer for most of our events. To do the most good for the loving individuals we work with, we rely on the support of a great number of non-member volunteers young and old. This is a great volunteer opportunity for seniors with a little extra time on their hands. Feel free to reach out to our Executive Secretary or any of our Caravan members to see how you might help.
The short answer is, absolutely! Where no Caravans exist, we encourage individuals who desire to join in the charitable, religious and social work of the Order, to start a new Caravan. Contact the main office in Baltimore for more information.
The Order has Supreme Directors, members of the Council of Viziers (our board of directors), each of whom represents a region of the county. They help supervise and assist with the formation of new Caravans which can begin after receiving the approval from the Supreme Commander. Again, feel free to contact us at our toll-free number 1-800-478-2946.
Yes. The Order of the Alhambra, Inc., is an international social and charitable organization and the formation of Caravans in other parts of the world is highly encouraged.
Thank you for your interest in Carmona Caravan! We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about our services or how you can get involved. Please fill out the form below, and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly. We look forward to connecting with you and welcoming you into our community of caring individuals. God bless you!