The US Order encourages talented, accomplished men and women of high moral character to energetically pursue charitable and civic causes and to improve the Christian presence in the Holy Land. Those who join in such efforts in turn benefit personally from participation in the recovery and perpetuation of the Christian spirit and ideals that impelled the early Templar Knights to dedicate their lives to similar causes. The chivalry, ethics, and rich traditions of this Order shape our focus on those causes today.
We are the Modern Templar Knights (Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem), an Ecumenical Christian and Chivalric charitable Order. We do not claim a direct lineage to the original Knights of the Temple, but we do seek to emulate their positive attributes in our daily lives today. We have adopted two of the original Templar missions of Protecting Christians at Risk particularly in the Holy Land and the Middle East and in Keeping the Road to Jerusalem open to all people as our own.
Membership in the Order requires that the candidate be a Christian of any denomination and is by invitation only. The principal criteria in selecting members are good character, accomplishments in life and obvious commitment to the ideals of the Order. A candidate’s involvement in other charitable, military, religious and hereditary organizations provides a means of assessing a candidates eligibility, as does his or her professional and social accomplishments. The Order selects only those men and women who deport themselves in an honorable and chivalrous manner, who will be committed to the Templar Knight Order’s values and precepts and who are Ecumenical in thought.
GRAND PRIORY OF
THE UNITED STATES