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Organization of an Order

Orders are the standard organizational unit of the Adepta Sororitas. Typically, orders consist of thousands of Sisters.[1]


In the beginning, there were only four Orders Militant created by Sister Alicia Dominica and her three fellow Crusading Sisters: Sister Silvana, Sister Lucia, and Sister Katherine.

Then mid 38th Millennium, two Orders were added by Ecclesiarch Deacis VI. The Order of the Bloody Rose was created to honour Sister Mina and the Order of the Sacred Rose was created to honour Sister Arabella. Although neither Sister Mina or Sister Arabella led their fellow Sisters into battle, they were martyred just the same and honoured as such.

Later, Orders were created to deal with non-combatant roles. They were the Orders Hospitaller (dealing with medical aid and purification of the body), Orders Famulous (dealing with law, diplomacy and relations between the Ecclesiarchy and the Imperium), and Orders Dialogous (dealing with research, preaching, and communication). Blind also makes references to Orders Pronatus (dealing with the recovery of holy relics). These are very small Orders, with the only Order Pronatus mentioned being the Order of the Eternal Gate.

Each Order follows the same basic hierarchical structure:

  • Order: Led by the head Canoness called the Canoness Superior and runs the Entire Order.
  • Preceptory: An organisation of individual convents with up to 1,000 Sisters, equivalent to an Adeptus Astartes Chapter, led by a Canoness Preceptor.
  • Commandery: Normally smaller convents or detachments of militant Sisters with up to 200 Sisters, led by a Canoness Commander.
  • Mission: The smallest organisation of Sisters, consisting of a few units and can be led by a Canoness or the lesser Palatine.

List of Orders

Orders Militant

Major orders

Minor orders

Orders Dialogus

Main article: Orders Dialogus

Orders Famulous

Main article: Orders Famulous

Orders Hospitaller

Main article: Orders Hospitaller

Orders Pronatus

Main article: Orders Pronatus


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