Welcome to the Priory of Saint Benedict, located in the state of Arkansas which covers the following:
Commandery of Saint Mercurius of Caesarea, Arkansas
Commandery of Saint Martin of Tours, Wyoming
Commandery of Saint Maurice and the Theban Legion, South Dakota
Commandery of Saint Florian North Dakota
Commandery of Saint Acacius of Byzantium, Nebraska
Commandery of Saint Demetrios of Thessaloni, Iowa
Commandery of Saint Pedro Calungsod, New Mexico
Commandery of Emil Kapaun Servant of God, Colorado
Commandery of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Montana
Commandery of Saint Raphael, Greece
Leader of the Priory of Saint Benedict is Prior Trey Emery, Grand Turcopolier, OSMTJ-USA
The Priory of Saint Benedict is a part of the Knights Templar of America or officially the OSMTJ-USA (OSMTJ = Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem).
The Leader of the OSMTJ-USA is Grand Prior T. Bryant Jones
We are part of a world-wide organization for the fellowship and networking of like-minded individuals. Our Order is organized Internationally under the “Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem” (OSMTJ), which is found at OSMTJ.net. Each Grand Priory translates this into their own language.
The leader of our Order is his S.E., Regent Dr. Nicolas Haimovici Hastier, our Deputy Regent is General Ronald Mangum.
In the USA, our official Site is: www.TheKnightsTemplar.org
And Internationally: www.OSMTJ.net
Our Store: http://www.cafepress.com/templarshop
WHAT are the Knights Templar?
The Knights Templar are a Christian (Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox) fraternal and chivalric Order. Our Order has no Masonic or political affiliations. We are ecumenical meaning we are not affiliated with any single denomination but represent all of Christendom. We are all followers of Christ, Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox, united in our vows of Knighthood to live a purpose filled life.
Our Order vows to hold to the virtues of Honesty, Loyalty, Perseverance, Charity, Humility, Courage, and Honor
In contrast to much of today’s society, with people moving from place to place, and from relationship to relationship, this Order calls Knights and Dames to live a committed life of purpose.
Historically, the Knights Templar were a Christian order of warrior monks founded about 900 years ago in 1118 A.D.. Named for the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Templars initially protected pilgrims traveling through the Holy Lands, but eventually evolved into a powerful military force that waged war to protect the Holy Land during the Crusades.
Some reasons for the order today:
– Spread the light of Christ in an increasingly dark world. Today’s Templars are faced with a spiritual battle instead of a physical one*.
– Practice works of mercy, charity, and benevolence.
– Act as a force to unify all Christians, Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox, under the banner of Christ. Today, Christians are under attack by extraordinarily powerful enemies.
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” ― Benjamin Franklin
– Perpetuate the traditions of the Knights Templar by defending Christendom through non-violent means.
– Live a life of Chivalry and hold each other accountable to a lifestyle of excellence.
– Promote historical studies, heraldry, and the genealogy of the Order.
– Promote, through the values of friendship, loyalty and respect, feelings of universal brotherhood and ideals of solidarity between all people.
*Physical battles vs. Spiritual Battles: In the Knights Templar of America, we fight daily spiritual battles. Attacks will come against our family, our friends, church family, and other parts of life. Taking up the title “TEMPLAR” does not mean the attacks will get easier; in fact, they will be harder than ever before. One must be steadfast in learning, praying, and seeking knowledge to fight these Spiritual battles. Fighting a physical battle is for the Police and Military. We do not form a militia or an army and go fight a physical battle. We promote the use of the Full armor of GOD.
The 12th century Cistercian Abbot, Bernard of Clairvaux wrote,” The Knight Templar is truly a fearless knight and secure on every side, for his soul is protected by the armor of faith just as his body is protected by armor of steel. He is thus doubly armed and need fear neither demons nor men. Not that he fears death–no, he desires it. Why should he fear to live or fear to die when for him to live is Christ, and to die is gain?”
Let this always be in your heart, Psalms 82: 3-4: “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” AMEN
DO you want to be a part of something bigger than yourself?
DO you want to be a part of a global fraternity of likeminded Christians?
DO you desire to serve GOD more fully?
Then Join us, become a Knight Templar!