Grand Prior Message
Greetings to all member of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (SMOTJ), and to those who share our fascination with the deeds and the values that we embrace 900 years after they were first being claimed as one’s way of life. The synonymous Latin name of our Order is Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani (OSMTH). We simply refer to ourselves as the Knights Templar or Templars.
The 21st century presents challenges unknown to those forebears who travelled to distant lands to ensure the safety of pilgrims and defeat their enemies. Today we dream of resolving differences without taking up arms and we travel in peace to talk and negotiate and form partnerships to defeat poverty, discrimination and hatred.
Templars are not unique in this. Many volunteer organizations exist in every community and country to serve others and to address unique scourges.
But Templars are unique in being a Christian Charitable organization dedicated to our 900 year old goal of protecting and maintaining Christians in the Holy Lands and in encouraging harmony between the three great Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
We support children and schools and churches and refugees abroad and at home we also commit time and money to serve others: whether wounded warriors, food banks, hockey equipment for the far north. And then there are those who research our history, write and speak and teach.
To be a Templar means more than taking a vow and wearing a mantle… to be a Templar means being prepared to commit your time and your resources and your prayers to a cause that you believe in.
Being a Templar adds a new dimension to your life and opens doors in two dozen other countries that share in our aspirations as we meet and work together.
If you are looking for challenges. If you are prepared to put in time. If you want to meet interesting people who share your values… the Templars may be just the thing for you.
The Reverend Dame Nola Crewe
J.D., M.A., M.Div., GCTJ
Grand Prior – Canada