About the Order
  • To become a Templar, one must be a Christian.
  • The Order does not restrict membership to any single Christian church; it is ecumenical.
  • The Order is not part of the Free Masons.
  • The Order does not engage in politics.
  • The Order does not allow members to act contrary to their obligations to their country.
  • In addition, membership in the Order of Merit is open to non-Christians.

Who are the Knights Templar?

We are a modern Christian Order, dedicated to:  

  • Seeking God in our lives and promoting love and respect for our community.
  • Increasing understanding between religions, helping pilgrims visit holy places and maintaining a Christian presence in the Holy Land.
  • Supporting the poor, sick, and unjustly accused; standing against oppression and protecting freedom of speech.
  • Encouraging the noble ideas of Chivalry; maintaining the monuments, archives, and history of the Knights Templar.

The Aims of the Order

The Templars are an apolitical, non-denominational, not-for-profit organization registered in Geneva, Switzerland under Federal Registry number CH-660.197299-4. Approval was granted for the establishment of an autonomous Canadian Grand Priory in the fall of 2004. There are a number of orders of Knights Templar, but this is the only one that has a NATO Priory and is officially recognized by the United Nations as an NGO (non-governmental organization).

As Knights Templars we are patriotic and committed to the betterment of our country. We are devoted to the preservation of liberty, which is essential to freedom of conscience and religion for all and to the performance of good works. The principal mission of the Order is Charity. The Order approaches this mainly through charitable works (both locally and in the Holy Land) which try to help people to help themselves, thereby enhancing Hope.  
Our guiding lights are the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, which members aspire to serve faithfully as Knights of God's Temple. The Latin motto of the Order, "Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomini Tuo da gloriam" is from Psalm 115, verse 1 -- "Not for us, Lord, not for us, but to Thy Name give glory."

The OSMTH is autonomous and independent. It recognizes the constitution and statutes of each of the OSMTH Member Nations. The Order, in an age of democratic materialism and secular humanism, seeks, by reconstituting an ancient chivalric order, to adopt an organization of proven effectiveness in capturing the allegiance and spirit of dedicated leaders, and to show that spiritual idealism is most certainly relevant and not inconsistent with a sensibility for tradition, nor inconsistent with patriotism or civic duty -- thus the Order's purpose to assist and facilitate the growth of the virtues of Christian gentlemen and ladies, by endeavour with God's Grace. The members of this Order believe that they have an obligation to preserve in the coalescing of a force similar to that which created knighthood and chivalry.

You may have recently read a bit about the Templars in the novel The Da Vinci Code, or you may know that they were the world's first international bankers. Today the Order is a secular-military order of chivalry open to Christians of all denominations (both men and women) who have distinguished themselves in civilian or military life and who have an interest in history, fellowship and charitable endeavours (the Templars support a number of domestic and international charities: restoration and maintenance of churches in the Holy Land and the re-establishment of the Boy Scouts in Iraq, to name but two).

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OSMTH: The international governing body of Knights Templar

Our official name is Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani, Latin for “The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem”, and often shortened to the initials OSMTH or SMOTJ. Our Order was founded on the principles first adopted by the original Templar Knights in France in the Year 1118 and carried out in those early days from their home in the Temple of Solomon in the Holy City of Jerusalem, provided for them by then King of Jerusalem Baldwin, the Second. In these modern times, OSMTH is international in nature with members from over 40 nations, ecumenical Christian in our religious beliefs welcoming Members of all Christian religions, and focused on matters of human rights, political and religious freedom, and humanitarian aid to the world's less fortunate. We are officially recognized by the United Nations in Special Consultative Status and furnish OSMTH Official Delegations to the United Nations in New York City, Vienna, and Geneva.

Like the Knights Templar of old, we operate as a modern-day worldwide network of educated professionals in such widely diverse protocols as senior government officials, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, senior clergy, military officers, physicians and surgeons, engineers, historians, and humanitarian aid caregivers. OSMTH represents many of the most respected and credible senior officials in their home nations, providing both a highly respected body of expertise, an influential voice to support commitment to the less fortunate of the world, and to promote the time-tested chivalric ideals of honor, honesty, civility, tolerance, care for our fellow man, and support for ecumenical religious faith throughout our individual nations and throughout the world community.

We often find ourselves working with and through other Chivalric Orders, the senior leadership of other nations, and with other Non-Governmental Organizations [NGO] in order to provide humanitarian aid and other involvement in resolution of serious humanitarian needs or political, ethnic, and religious conflict. Engaging the respect and credibility of our world membership in their home nations, we are able to bring resolution and assistance in matters that quite often become bogged down in the bureaucracy of governments and regulations. Our objectives include the international promotion of inter-cultural and inter-religious contacts and worldwide networks in order to help build bridges of brotherhood between nations and cultures, as well as individual good works performed by individual anonymous Knights and Dames. As ecumenical Christians, we also seek to increase awareness of conflicts and their causes and in so doing, work towards their future prevention and ultimate peaceful coexistence of all nations. Because our Order began its first work in The Holy City of Jerusalem in the 12th Century, The Holy Land and its Cradle of Christianity are of the highest interest to us in this regard as evidenced by our most recent trip to Jerusalem and our work there with the senior leadership of every Christian Church in Jerusalem.

OSMTH aspires to foster a cosmopolitan society in which differences among peoples, cultures, and governments will be both respected and appreciated. We seek the betterment of humanity through education, world brotherhood, chivalric principles, and civil behavior and treatment among one-another.
Our membership standards are purposely very high, our financial and time commitments are not for everyone, and our dedication to a more caring world requires significant expectations that not everyone can meet. But for those who qualify, the OSMTH Knights Templar Order offers an unequalled world class Chivalric Order with an international network of some of the most sophisticated and influential professional men and women from over 40 different nations.

Membership in the Order 

Membership in the Order requires that the candidate be a Christian of any denomination, and is by invitation only.  The principal focus in selecting members is 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 or loyal societies provides a means of assessing a candidate's eligibility, as does his or her professional and social accomplishments.  The Order selects only those men and women who deport themselves in an honourable and chivalrous manner, who will be committed to the Order’s values and precepts and who are ecumenical in thought.

Application for membership originates at the local Priory or Commandery level (a Priory has 25 or more members and a Commandery has less than 25 members).  The sponsors for any candidate must be active members of the Priory or Commandery and must know the candidate personally, so as to recommend the candidate to the Priory or Commandery without hesitation.  The sponsors should initially present the name of a prospective member to the Priory or Commandery Membership Committee with background information about the candidate, and at the earliest opportunity introduce the candidate to members of the Membership Committee.  The Membership Committee will then review the information and if a favorable consideration is reached, the Prior or Commander will issue a formal invitation to affiliate and forward an application to the prospective member.  The completed application and supporting documents are returned to the Prior or Commander for approval, accompanied by a passage fee. The application must be approved by both the Prior or Commander and the Grand Prior.

Interested parties may first wish to look at either the international Templar web site (osmth.org) or the U.S. Grand Priory web site (smotj.org) to learn about the Order's aims, objectives and activities.

In the case of someone who is not personally known to an existing member, our Membership Committee would require a resume, biography or some detailed written background information on the individual. All of this information is kept in the strictest confidence and is not used for any other purpose.
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