President Josipovic received a delegation of the Templar Order


11 April 2014, Zagreb, Croatia - Croatian President Ivo Josipovic received a delegation of dignitaries of the Templar order OSMTH who participate in Zagreb at the international meeting of the Grand Council of the Order of the Main, and brought together senior representatives of the Order from more than 20 countries worldwide.

In an interview with representatives of the Order of the President met with the rich history of the Order and the forms of their functioning in the world today. They informed the President about their efforts and commitment to international peace and humanitarian activities of the Order, and the promotion of intercultural and inter-religious ties as well as human rights.

Grand Master of the Order, General Patrick Rea said the Croatian contribution in spreading understanding and cooperation among nations, which is the primary objective of the Order. Josipovic stressed the importance of building bridges of peace between peoples and cultures and wished them success in their future work.

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Office of the President / photographer:Tomislav Bušljeta


Wonderful News

Wonderful News From the CONGO General Assembly in New York (Conference of Non-Government Organizations Consultative Relationship with the United Nations)

Dear Grand Commander,

It is with joy and pleasure that I am joined by our two Deputy Chairs, Lt. Col. Chev. Robert Bateman and Chev. Randy Tietz, as well as the OSMTH entire delegation to the recently completed CONGO General Assembly at the UN in New York to report OSMTH was elected to the governing Board for CONGO for the next three years.

There are 20 members on the Board to include the President, Vice Presidents and Treasurer. The Board manages the CONGO between meetings of the General Assembly. The Board meets annually at least once in New York, Geneva and Vienna. This is an extraordinary honor and responsibility. Allow me to suggest that we owe thanks to our UN delegations in New York, Geneva and Vienna and the excellent reputations they have developed over many years which resulted in OSMTH polling in the top five of the 20 elected Board candidates. Our fellow international NGOs clearly respect the OSMTH delegates with our Chiefs of Mission: Lt. Colonel Robert Bateman in New York; Baron Wolfgang Odelga in Vienna; and Dr. Marcel de Picciotto in Geneva.

Grand Commander this is yet another world class success during your early months of Office and the hard work of your predecessors serve as a solid foundation for the 2014 exciting accomplishments in Jordan, the Philippines, Denmark and the CONGO General Assembly at the United Nations in New York.

I trust this news can be swiftly sent to the GMC and the Committee Chairs, Legates and leaders of OSMTH. This message is sent as the Chair of the OSMTH Delegation for the 2014 CONGO General Assembly held at the UN site in New York, April 2-4, 2014.

Patrick E Rea
Brigadier General US Army (Ret)
Grand Master Knights Templar International

Grand Priory of Romania Excluded

Zagreb, Croatia-By Resolution confirming the exclusion of Grand Priory of Romania "Ordinul Cavalerii Romaniei" from OSMTH effective April 10, 2014. Upon motion being made for the Exclusion of the Grand Priory of Romania from OSMTH and after appropriate discussion and deliberation this resolution was confirmed:

WHEREAS, Pursuant to the Rules of the Order, if a Grand Priory “fails to pay its obligations for two consecutive years or fails to file the yearly status report with all required annexes, it will be automatically excluded from the Order. A member that has been excluded or suspended may petition for readmission to the Order as if it were a new member"; and

WHEREAS, the Grand Priory of Romania has not paid its oblations for 2013 and for 2014; and has failed to file a report for 2012 and 2013; and

WHEREAS, the deadline for filing a current report for 2013 and paying oblations for 2014 was March 31, 2014; and the Grand Priory of Romania has continued to fail to pay oblations or file a report,

(1) The Grand Priory of Romania is hereby excluded from the Order, pursuant to Section 5.3 of the Rules of the Order; subject to Section 9.6 of the Rules, whereby a Member that has been excluded from the Order may reapply as if it were a new Member at the next Grand Magistral Council meeting following its exclusion.
(2) Any and all licenses and permissions to the former Grand Priory of Romania to use the OSMTH registered name and marks, and any reference to membership or affiliation, as stated in the OSMTH Licensing agreement signed by GP Romania upon its affiliation to the Order, are hereby withdrawn in accordance the Rules of the Order.
(3) Individual knights and dames duly invested into the Order prior to the exclusion of the Grand Priory of Romania may retain individual affiliation as members of the Order by submitting individual personal applications to the OSMTH Grand Priory that is designated as mentor for a new OSMTH entity in Romania, and subject to approval by such mentor Grand Priory.

Welcome to Grand Priory of Brazil

Zagreb, Croatia-By Resolution, OSMTH now recognizes the Grand Priory of Brazil as a full member effective April 10, 2014. The new Grand Priory was mentored by the Grand Priory of Mexico. Here is a copy of the resolution: 

WHEREAS, OSMTH appoints mentor Grand Priories to assist new entities with admission to the Order; and

WHEREAS, the Deputy Grand Commander is responsible for managing mentorships and has developed policies and procedures to assist an entity, through its mentor, to become a Member of OSMTH; and

WHEREAS, the OSMTH Grand Priory of Mexico has been designated as mentor for Brazil; and

WHEREAS, Brazil has been recognized as a Priory affiliated with OSMTH through the mentor-ship of Grand Priory Mexico; and

WHEREAS, Brazil has a Templar structure with a sufficient number of members and is carrying out activities that support the aims of the OSMTH; and

WHEREAS, Brazil has agreed to adhere to the rules and rituals of GP Mexico and to the Statutes and Rules of OSMTH; and

WHEREAS, Brazil has petitioned to be recognized as a Grand Priory and full Member of OSMTH; and

WHEREAS, the Grand Priory of Mexico supports the petition;

WHEREAS, the Deputy Grand Commander's office has vetted the petition and found it compliant on all matters with the current rules of the mentorship program,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The Priory of Brazil is hereby recognized as a Grand Priory and full member of OSMTH. The Official document of recognition will be established by the Deputy Grand Commander and presented to the new Grand Prior of Brazil.

OSMTH Elected to CoNGO Board

Zagreb, Croatia-Grand Commander Col. Dr. Marcel de Picciotto is proud to announce that OSMTH was elected as a board member of CoNGO (Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations) this last weekend.

OSMTH will join other NGOs such as Nurses Without Borders, World Council of Churches and Goodwill International in carrying out the vision of CoNGO which is to be the primary support and platform for a civil society represented by a global community of informed, empowered and committed NGOs that fully participate with the UN in decision-making and programs leading to a better world, a world of economic and social justice.

In Memoriam

Leo ThysIt is with the deepest sadness that we have to report to you the passing away of Grand Prior Emeritus Belgium, Archivist General Emeritus and our Dear Brother & friend Chev Leo THYS, GCTJ. Chevalier Leo was one of the "founding fathers" and a great leader of our Order for so many years. May he rest forever in peace with Our LORD. His talented skills and his knowledge of our Templar History were invaluable.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Annemieke, family, friends and Brothers and Sisters of O.S.M.T.H. International.

Non Nobis DOMINE, Non Nobis, Sed NOMINI Tuo Da Gloriam

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Philippines Report


January 19, 2014
During his visit to the Phillipines, the International Grand Commander, Col Dr Marcel de PICCIOTTO participated on January 18 in a vaccination campaign for the benefit of more than 100 children from the disfortunate community of Baseco.

This action was made possible by a grant from Olstadt, a Norwegian based company, and the active participation of several reserve officers and military personnel, under the supervison of the Commandery of the Philippines with Lt Cdr Jose Adolfo B. Cruz as coordinator of the mission. This mission is set to be duplicated in the near future.

The next day International Grand Commander has consecrated the first commandery of the Order in the Philippines in intra muros Manila, under the mentorship of the Grand Priory of France. The consecration with the general meeting that followed where blessed by His Grace Monsignor Josephino S. Ramirez(ret.), spiritual protector of the commandery.

The general meeting focused on the humanitarian projects in the Philippines, to include issues of clean and safe water. The Grand Commander handed out a check of more than 9100 € to the commander for the purchase of mobile water purification unit(s). These units are being designed locally with the goals of mobility, local production and maintenance. The unit(s) will remain under the control of the commandery as the property of the Order, but will be used in partnership with the Philippines Navy reserve and armed forces force rapid deployment in case of a disaster. Meanwhile, they would be pre positioned in clean water lacking areas and be used on an everyday basis. Each unit is set to be able to produce 1000 liters of clean and safe potable water per hour, 24/7.

January 20,2014
The International Grand Commander, Col Dr Marcel de Picciotto together with the commander of the commandery of the Philipppines, Lt Cdr Jose Adolpho B. Cruz, the commandery Chancellor, Capt Rodrigo Meia, and Atty Kristoffer James Purisima, commandery marshal had a formal call with the Speaker of the House of Repreesntatives of the Philippines, HE Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.

Mr. Belmonte was accompanied by several other members of the house of Representatives.

Issues of women’s rights, diplomacy for peace and disaster relief and issues concerning clean and safe water have been addressed. In closing the formal call, Mr. Belmonte was presented with an Honoris Magnae Crucis of the Order by the Grand Commander.

At the end of the meeting, our delegation was offered by HE Belmonte to attend the opening of the new session of the congress, and our delegation of the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani was acknowledged in session.

Amongst the several representatives our delegation was able to talk to, Mrs. Marcos warmly welcomed us and remembers well our Grand Master Emeritus RADM James Carey.

Greater love hath no man...

“Greater love hath no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friends. (Gospel of John 15:13).

There is little doubt in the violent circumstances that 15 year-old Aitzaz Hassan lived, that Aitzaz didn’t understand the imminent risk to his own life of intercepting the path of a suicide bomber who was intent on entering Aitzaz’s school where over 2,000 fellow students were studying, unaware of the danger.

His friends tell that upon the sight of the bomber Aitzaz had the opportunity to flee with them and perhaps escape but instead chose to tackle and subdue the suicide bomber preventing him from entering the school.

Aitzaz was killed as a result of the bomber who detonated himself.

At 15 years, Aitzaz didn’t have a significant amount of life experience to curate his enormous strength of courage and noble values. Yet his actions appeared with such determination as if having possessed a longer lifetime of preparation. A determination dispossessed or in defiance of the prevailing self-interest that is so familiar and dominant in world today.

Aitzaz, in just the brief final seconds of his life, bequeathed this world a more penetrating lesson on courage, strength and nobility than has been written in the thousands of pages on the subject over the last five hundred years.

In this life lesson that Aitzaz Hassan has left us, we must be witness to and understand this purest expression of courage, love, and faith.

From here, it is our duty and desire to learn from and honor Aitzaz and ensure that this story about noble character, through his sacrifice, echoes around the world and across all boundaries of country, culture and faith. “

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Evangelical Lutheran Church inaugurated at Baptism Site

6 January 2014
The Jordan Times

AMMAN — Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, HRH Prince Raad, the Chief Chamberlain, attended the inauguration ceremony of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Baptism Site in the Jordan Valley on Monday. Read the full article

Jordan to remain model of interfaith tolerance

5 January 2014

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday underlined Jordan’s commitment to remain a model of tolerance and coexistence between Muslims and Christians and continue to encourage dialogue and understanding among them to serve global stability and peace.

The King made his remarks at a meeting with leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, who are on a visit to Jordan to inaugurate the Lutheran Church at the Baptism Site on Monday under Royal patronage, a Royal Court statement said. Read more...

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