Knights Templar

The Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom

       
       

FAQS

 ABOUT THE MODERN DAY KNIGHTS TEMPLAR IN THE UK.

We are a Christian ecumenical Chivalric Order of men and women over the age of 18 and resident in the UK or Ireland or in our mentored entity of Australia and New Zealand.

We are not a secret society; not masonic; not a church; and have no esoteric leanings. Please don’t expect to be enlightened with some arcane ‘hidden’ knowledge, because nothing exists.

As with the original Knights we stress religious tolerance to all genuine faiths.

Applicants will be able to show that they strive to be followers of Christ and to demonstrate their understanding of commitment to the Christian faith.

On the application form we ask, inter alia: personal details, e.g. full name, address, occupation,plus any vocational and professional qualifications, church connections; and seek 2 referees, one of which to be parish priest/minister/church leader or the chair of a local charity/fraternal organisation who knows you personally. All this information is kept in confidence and is not sold, traded or passed on to any other persons or organisations.

We do not sell titles.

Please be aware that not all applications are successful, and we reserve the right to decline without a reason, but politely and with thanks.

As a Templar you will be expected to participate in the modern Templar work of the Order. As Templars we are all brothers and sisters and you enter into a lifelong commitment supporting the work of the Order as far as your personal circumstances allow.

We do not use our titles of Chevalier/Dame outside the Order; they are not transferrable or inheritable. (Nor have they ever been).

STAGES TOWARDS FULL MEMBERSHIP?

The Seneschal will ask several questions to help determine your suitability to start the discernment process to join the Order.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS INVOLVED?

Once you have been invited to apply for membership you will complete the application form in full and send it to the Seneschal with a £15 non-refundable administration fee.

If your application is successful, we will invite you to become a Novice and you will be admitted into the Order in a church service led by a legally ordained Chaplain. For this service we will loan you a plain white mantle, and all you pay for is the Novice insignia £50*, which will then be exchanged at no extra cost for the neck cross and ribbon of a Dame/Chevalier/Chaplain, once you are invited to receive the accolade and are invested as a Knight, Dame or Chaplain. On both occasions vows are taken to your nation and to the Order.

At this point you become responsible for the purchase from us of a distinctive white mantle with the red cross of the Templars. The approximate cost of the mantle is £150*.

There is an annual membership fee of £52 per year payable from the time you become a novice and thereby a Voting Member of the Grand Priory. Subscriptions must be fully paid before progression to the Accolade and to maintain voting rights in elections for Officers.

Applicants are responsible for their own costs for travel and accommodation.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A FULL MEMBER?

Between 6 to 12 months; and, before this process starts, you will be required to meet informally an Officer, or Officers, of the Order.

After acceptance to become a Novice, we also expect attendance at one, or more, national events and a local meeting each year.

After becoming a Novice, you will be expected to research an aspect of either modern or original Templars and produce a 3 to 4 page non-fiction project on a subject agreed with the Seneschal, who may appoint a senior Member as your mentor. This is to make sure Novices have reflected further into Templarism.

WHAT DO I GET FROM BELONGING TO THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR?

To be a member of a worldwide, ecumenical Christian group of men and women who take their inspiration from the highest ideals of the medieval Order of the Knights Templar, founded circa 1118. The Order of Knights Templar in the UK belongs to the umbrella group of OSMTH which is recognised as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) by the United Nations, the first Templar group afforded this integrity.

We support many charitable organisations both locally through the Commanderies (local groups) and nationally and internationally through the Grand Priory of the UK.

The Grand Priory has 2 charitable Trusts: Templar Pilgrimage Trust and the Templar Heritage Trust

Visit our website www.knight-templar.org.uk for a full and informative guide about becoming and being a Templar.

FRIEND OF THE ORDER:

If you are in sympathy with the ideals and guiding principles of the Order, but do not wish to take on the commitments of full membership, then you may choose to apply as a Friend. Friends can participate in the Order’s work, attend meetings, wear the pin badge of the Order and receive copies of the Grand Priory’s newsletters as available. Friends cannot stand for office, do not have a vote and cannot wear the white mantle of a Templar. Subscription £15 p.a. or £21 to include a neat Templar lapel badge.

WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

  1. If you are happy with all the details above and wish to be considered for membership or as a Friend, then please reply to the Seneschal* in the affirmative.
  2. If you have any questions, then contact the Seneschal who will be happy to respond.
  3. If you do not wish any further communication, then please inform the Seneschal.
  4. The Seneschal is the elected Officer responsible to the Grand Priory’s executive body (The Chapter) for the receipt of enquiries from potential candidates for membership and the possible progression of successful applicants.

NOT ALL APPLICATIONS ARE SUCCESSFUL.

        

Reply truthfully, honestly and prayerfully to any questions asked by the Seneschal who can be contacted here

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