A Brief Description and Introduction:
Knights Templar of North America® is an ancient and
legitimate Christian order of knighthood upholding
the ideals of Chivalry and Religious Commitment, historical
research, and fighting today's enemies of disease
and social distress through charitable efforts and
Today the Order remains a true, historical Order
of Chivalric Knighthood, now entering both men and
women to membership as Knights and Dames. It is both
a Religious and secular Christian Ecumenical Order.
It does not require membership in the Roman Catholic
or any other Christian-denomination Church, and has
its own Internal Monastic Order. It is not a church
itself, a "religious movement," Masonic
Order, or a "historical re-enactment" organization.
It simply requires that its members be baptized Christians,
accepting the teachings of Jesus Christ as the Son
of God and Spiritual Master.
It is fully ecumenical in membership
application, accepting baptized Christians of any
denomination for selective membership.
Non-Political, Non-Profit, Charitable:
The Order is fully non-profit. It does not have its own charity, but
rather raises funds for and donates time and talent to already-established
charities and relief groups, philanthropic endeavors and historical
studies. It does not involve itself in political activity,
nor adhere to any political party or doctrine.
A Brief Historical Reference:
The Order of the Temple, or "Knights Templar," is almost
900 years old, and rich in history. It was founded in 1118 A.D. by
nine French knights who traveled to the Holy Land. They banded together
as the first religious / military Order of Knighthood, initially formed
to protect Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. Later they
became the first soldier / monks of the ancient Christian (Roman Catholic)
Church, wrestling the Holy Land from the Islamic Saracens, and helping
establish and maintain the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem for almost two
hundred years. The Order was later suppressed by the same Church of
Rome it protected, under the hands of a greedy French King controlling
a weak French Pope. Instead of dying (as is incorrectly reported by
many main-line historians), the Order instead secularized and continued
its existence in secret. It resurfaced privately in France in 1705,
and became fully public a century later with historical documentation
of its continued-but-secret previous existence.