Founding Documents

In 1995, the majority of OSMTH Templars (mostly grouped in the Grand Priories of Austria, England & Wales, Finland, France, Italy, NATO, Scotland and the USA) assembled in the Austrian town of Salzburg and democratically adopted several resolutions to restructure and modernize the Order. One of the landmark decisions made by the International Grand Council of OSMTH, the legislative body of the Order, was to withdraw recognition of the Regent of the Order, Fernando de Sousa Fontes, and head of OSMTH, because of mismanagement and irregular conduct. (Those few Templars who refused to abide by the democratic decision are presently known as OSMTH-Regency.)

OSMTH is now comprised of the Grand Priories of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, England & Wales, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, NATO, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sweden and the USA (formerly nicknamed the "Atlantic Obedience"), and their several mentored sub-units including Japan, San Marino, South Africa, Spain and several others.

The present OSMTH is therefore the largest and best organized Templar group to date. It is an apolitical, not-for-profit organization registered in Geneva, Switzerland, under Federal Registry number CH-660.197299-4. Please take the time to review the legal documents which brought about the founding of OSMTH:

FOUNDING DOCUMENTS

15 March 1996 Letter to Fontes

Grand Council Proceedings

Summary Judgement

Final Judgement

Why OSMTH Left Fontes

Statement of Separation

Restructure Menu

OSMTH’s raison d’etre is expressed through the Brussels Declaration: “Aiding humanity on the pilgrimage through life.”
Vision and Commitment
  • Christian Ethos, Spirituality and Chivalric Values.
  • Domestic Charity and International Humanitarian Aid
  • Human Rights and the respect for Human Diversity
  • Interfaith Dialogue and Bridge-Building
  • Provide humanitarian aid to Christians and all peoples in need around the world, through physical, financial, and moral support.
  • Continue programmes that aid Christians around the world, especially in the Holy Land.
  • Promote a dialogue based on the principles of peace and justice amongst and between the faiths of the Sons of Abraham and the other great religions of the world, to establish better understanding and greater tolerance.
  • Mitigate human suffering by actively participating in activities associated with disaster relief, humanitarian aid, human rights, peace building and sustainable development, and the respect of human diversity.
  • Facilitate, mediate and advocate conflict-prevention and resolution by providing subject matter experts and supporting organizations in the fields of religious and international diplomacy.

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