About Us

William Harper BennettThe International Order of the Alhambra was founded by William Harper Bennett on 29 February 1904 in New York.

It was named after the Alhambra, a Moorish palace in Grenada, Spain; where the Moors, after occupying Spain for almost 800 years, surrendered to the Catholics in 1492. Members are grouped in units designated “Caravans,” with a name of Moorish origin. The Order is identified by the emblem and we are identified by the white fez we wear. It is through the Caravan that most of the funds are collected and charitable work done, inspired by the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, patron Saint of our Order, which tells us that “it is in giving that we receive.”


The Order of Alhambra provides direct financial assistance and service through programs/projects that support institutions or organizations dedicated to private schools educating cognitively impaired children and providing them with vocational skills. We also support Scholarships to prospective teachers of persons developmentally disabled.




The three major purposes of the order are:

  • To assist and provide means to further the cause of the handicapped and developmentally disabled
  • To commemorate Catholic historic places, persons or events of international significance
  • To promote social and fraternal association among its members

Sancho Caravan No. 261 originally chartered in Warren, Michigan in 1999 is ...

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