Fraternities are religious organisations devoted to voluntary works of piety and charity. Such fraternities were also founded in Liechtenstein between the 16th and 18th centuries. The Philately has commemorated three such fraternities in special stamps. The “Maria Hilf Fraternity” was founded in Balzers in 1736 (value CHF 1.00). The “St. Anne Fraternity” (value CHF 1.50) in Vaduz, which is still in existence, dates back to 1511. Also very much alive is the “St. Sebastian Fraternity” (value CHF 2.00) in Nendeln. Founded in 1695, it even received its own papal approval. The statutes of the fraternity have to this day remained unchanged.