In 2009 the Grand Chapter of The Equestrian, Secular and Chapterial Order of Saint Joachim established The Austro-German Commandery "Leopold II" to better serve its growing membership in German-speaking countries where The Order had its original roots.

The Commander of the Austro-German Commandery of The Order of Saint Joachim "Leopold II" is H.E. The Chevalier Oswin Hochstöger KCJ. HE The Chevalier Dr. Hochstöger KCJ is a lawyer living in Gmünd, Lower Austria. He speaks several languages and since 2014 has been the head of the Corps St Lazarus Austria and on the supervisory board of the CSLI. In addition to this other civic and professional pursuits, he is on the executive of the Austrian Navy Association.

H.E. The Chevalier Dr. Oswin Hochstöger KCJ succceded the first Commander of the Commandery Leopold II, H.E. The Chevalier Wolfgang Steinhardt GCJ, on his retirement

The Commandery "Leopold II" is named after the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Hungary who named a Knight of the Order of Saint Joachim as his Chancellor and extended recognition of our Order throughout the Empire by Imperial decree. Leopold II was the third son of Maria Theresa and emperor Francis Stephen of Lotharingia. His enlightened rule earned him the informal titles of "the duke of peace“, "the king of shepherds“ and "Leopold the Wise“.

H.E. The Chevalier Dr. Oswin Hochstöger KCJ can be reached at

The Austria & Germany Commandery maintains its own German language website here.


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