Activities at the
National and International Level
Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
supports many charitable organizations across the nation
and throughout the world. Listed below are some of these
worthy charities. We encourage all members to give
generously of their time and resources to these causes
through the annual contribution to the Jerusalem Mite,
which supports our work in the Holy Land, and through
your support of different charitable efforts of your
local Priory or Commandery.
The Autonomous Grand Priory of the
United States of America (Our National Organization)
provides direct significant financial contributions to
the following organizations:
Donations to Support Maintenance of
Holy Land Sites, Hospitals, and Schools
Franciscans in the Holy Land
Augusta Victoria Hospital, operated by the Lutheran
Diocese of Jerusalem
Anglican Diocese (to support St. George Cathedral and
School) in Jerusalem
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
Armenian Patriarchate to maintain many of the Old
The International Orthodox Christian Charities
and Preceptories have all provided donations to support
these charities and many other local charities, such as
the Fisher Houses that assist families of wounded combat
veterans who are visiting those veterans. Their members
have also provided many hours of labor to Habitat for
Humanity projects across the country, and have supported
international relief efforts with both donations and
personal involvement of our medical professionals in
Doctors Without Borders projects.
have been provided to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Relief
efforts by the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. Many
members have offered space in their homes to those left
homeless by these disasters.
Activities at the Priory Level
Liz Simmons received a Humanitarian Award
at the Clara Barton Society Recognition Event held at
the SC Governor's Mansion.
The award was presented by Paula Thayer (Red Cross),
with Governor Nikki Haley and First Gentleman Michael
Haley in attendance.
Al attended the Robert Burns
Society of the Midlands "Ceilidh", today. Pictured with
fellow Templar Ron Beaton.
check from the Priory of St. Vincent is being
offered to "Julie's House" an organization in
Augusta, Georgia, the city where the most recent
C&I was conducted by our Prior, Chevse. Loey
[L to R]
Ms. Pat Bourke of “Julie’s House” receiving our
donation of $2000.
Her Excellency, Chevse. Loey Krause, Prior –
Priory of St. Vincent
His Excellency, Chev. George Custodi, Deputy
Grand Prior, Region III
Chev. Bob Krause, Chief of Protocol, Assistant
Grand Sword Bearer, Preceptor of the Rock
Chev. Jim Jordan, PoSV Treasurer, and Preceptor
of the Holy Chalice
His Excellency, Chev. Bob McClure
Participants in the
Safe Water Walk:
Left of Right: Mary Griffin, Bill Griffin, Cathy
Milejczak ( Walk Coordinator), Ed Farley, Bob
Boorda, Jim Jordan, Dina Boorda, Al Sadowski.
Columbia chapter of Safe Water has only been
active for three years but the walk still
collected almost $7,000. The walk was well
organized and a good number of people
There we a couple of folks that made a trip to
Tanzania for the startup of one of the
purification systems. They spoke of the
appreciation the people displayed and the village
leaders expressed the realization the this
was not just a gift of life but a life changer.
The local village people are taught how to operate
and maintain the system. It is a simple but
effective system that will supply clean, purified
water for years to come.
Hopefully, we will be able to participate again
next year as this is a cause worth our attention.
Thanks to all
Preceptory of St. Christopher
Priory of St. Vincent,
Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of
The preceptory of St. Christopher attended
Wreaths Across America at Fort Jackson Cemetery.
Tamassee DAR School Receive $10,000 Gift
Priory of St. Vincent and the Grand Priory
of the US
On September 28, 2016, Bob, and
I (and Coco) had the honor and privilege of
presenting a donation on behalf of the Priory of
St. Vincent and the Grand Priory of the US, of
$10,000 to the Tamassee DAR School, located in
Tamassee, South Carolina, along the Cherokee
Foothills Scenic Highway 11. The funds represented
a portion of the proceeds of the Grand Convent in
Left to right are Dot Lind,
Vice President General, Daughters of the American
Revolution; Diane Culbertson, South Carolina DAR
State Regent and Chair of the Board of Directors,
Tamassee DAR school, Lori Bailey, CEO and John
Hunter Treasurer of the DAR School, Loey Krause,
past Prior of the Priory of St Vincent and Chair
of the Grand Convent 2016 committee, and Bob
Krause, Priory of St Vincent and committee member,
Grand Convent 2016 committee.
We are so glad to be able to provide this support
for the Tamassee DAR School. The school serves
children and families in crisis through
residential, educational and outreach services.
They take in children who cannot live with their
families for reasons beyond their control, such as
the “4 D’s” of death, drugs, divorce or desertion.
Some children stay for a time while the family
gets things straightened out, and some stay to age
The children live in homes on
campus with house parents and attend school at
local public schools for elementary and high
school or in the Tamassee Middle School Academy
located campus. When
a residential child graduates from high school,
the DAR School does all they can to help them get
accepted to college and find scholarships to
support their further education or to assist them
as they transition into independent living.
The Priory of St. Vincent has given support to the
DAR School previously, and several members of the
priory contribute to the school privately and make
donations to the Thrift Shop just across Highway
11 from the campus.