Knights Templar Information page


IIntegrity, Obedience, Courage
     The Knights Templar is a Christian-oriented fraternal organization that was founded in the 11th century. Originally, the Knights Templar were laymen who protected and defended Christians travelling to Jerusalem. These men took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and were renowned for their fierceness and courage in battle.

     Today, the Knights Templar display their courage and goodwill in other ways. They organize fund-raising activities such as breakfasts, dinners, dances, and flea markets. They support Masonic-related youth groups and they raise millions of dollars for medical research and educational assistance.

     Currently, Templar membership consists of people from all walks of life, including doctors, lawyers, clergy, businessmen and entertainment personalities, all of whom profess a belief in the Christian Religion.

Masonic Connection
     All Knights Templar are members of the world's oldest fraternal organization known as
" Free And Accepted Masons" or more commonly known as "Masons". However, not all masons are Templars. Templary is but a part of the Masonic structure known as the "York Rite Of Freemasonry".

Three Levels Of The Knights Templar
     The Knights Templar operate on a local, state and national level.  But their religious activities extend across international borders as well. Nationally, there is The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar.  This unit defines the 11 rituals and laws governing state and local level organizations.  The state level is called A Grand Commandery of Knights Templar.   This organization represents members of a state or an area of equivalent size.   Finally, the local level unit is called a Commandery of Knights Templar.   There are almost 1,600 Commanderies in communities across the United States, Germany, Italy and Mexico, with over 260,000 members.  Similar bodies exist in other countries as well.

     To petition a Commandery of Knights Templar for membership, you must first be a member of a Masonic Lodge and a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, and must profess a belief In the Christian Religion. Commanderies organize many social activities, including Ladies Auxiliaries, Drill Competitions, Public Divine Services, Family Picnics, Organized Trips, Dinner Parties and Entertainments, Christmas Observances, Easter Sunrise Services, and Memorial Services.

 The Knights Templar Educational Foundation
     The Knights Templar Educational Foundation, the first program of its kind, was organized in 1922.  Since then, more than $32 million dollars has been loaned to students to complete their last two years of college.   This financial assistance is given without regard to race, color, creed, age or Masonic affiliation.

     In recent years, some Grand Commanderies have also been offering Scholarship Grants to students who are members of Masonic-related Youth Groups.

   The Knights Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage

     In addition to the many religious observances throughout the year,  The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar sponsors an annual "Holy Land Pilgrimage".  The purpose of the pilgrimage is to send a Christian Minister to The Holy Land.  Masonic membership is not required and the Minister can be male or female.

Back to Main Home page Third Division Hanselmann Drill Team pg

News, notes & etc
Commander's Corner Dates to Remember Sign Our Guestbook Sojourner's Soapbox