2 January 2014
The time from Christmas to New Year has not been easy. Coming back to England for Christmas I do not find easy and not just when there is no electricity and heating like this year. I have increasing problems with the Christianisation of a pagan festival to create what in reality has become another pagan festival. Anyway here I am in a part of the world where the birthday of our Lord is celebrated in a very different way and here in Israel we are just preparing to celebrate the Eastern Rite Christmas on the 6th January. Read more...
Ever since the Order took water as a priority concern as an issue in the International community of nations, the Philippine Preceptory has been considering the construction of deep wells in the Island of Palawan in the Philippines. Our brother Chev. Capt. Rodrigo Mejia has been recently designated as a commander of the Naval Forces Reserve-West, based in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) placed the Philippines under a state of calamity specially in the Provinces of Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Masbate, Iloilo, (Central Philippines). With around 6,000 dead and/or missing, property and infrastructure damage financially challenged the nation. Immediate need has been rescue and relief for temporary shelter, food, water, medicines, hospitals, transportation, power and communications. We at the Preceptory though small in numbers thought of embarking on water and power missions. With water missions, the Preceptory through the support of the International Order will procure a mobile water purification system. The design should be so portable that it can reach even the most remote communities that needs water hand carried by volunteers. It is akin to SEAL Teams concept of quick insertion and extraction. This equipment will be owned and retained by the Order. But the same will be available for use by humanitarian missions of the various units of the Philippine Navy Reserve and other partnering NGOs. The concept of operations will be as follows: 1. Identification of the target area. 2. Planning and executing process for the movement of equipment and people. 3. At the site, assemble the equipment and fill out water bladders with thousand liter capacities, then move on to another locality to provide the same service. 4. Missions such as the above are recommended to last between 5 days to 15 days before the troops returns to unit. Plans for the solar power effort are still being developed. Stay tuned for more information as it develops. Update: see the donation request from OSMTH Grand Commander. Donations can be made via PayPal by contacting Chancellor General of OSMTH or using these PayPal Instructions.
Last month, ICRD (International Center for Religion and Diplomacy) conducted back-to-back, faith-based reconciliation workshops in Midyat, Turkey for Kurdish, Syriac Christian, and Arab tribal leaders from the Al-Hassake region of Eastern Syria. Read the full report.
28 August, 2013
Dear Dr. Johnston,
Thank you for this important Templar Up-Date. We Templar’s have noted with prayers and support the success of Canon Cox and the ICRD in his vital work in Syria and share with you our overwhelming concern for our Coptic sisters and brothers. Last week after thought and prayer and with the approval of our Grand Commander, MG Robert Disney, and Grand Commander-elect, Colonel Dr. Marcel DePicciotto, a successful meeting was held in Chicago under the Chairmanship of our Grand Chaplain General, HG Bishop Younan and guidance of HB Metropolitan THEODOSIUS. The purpose for this meeting was to decide how better OSMTH-I can address the exact issues you discuss in this Report.
We appointed an assistant to the GM to focus on “Christians at Immediate Risk”. He will work directly with the Christians in the Countries concerned, coordinate with and through all of our Christian churches that are addressing this problem, seek UN action as possible through our UN delegations, broaden and deepen our cooperation with other NGO’s involved, and prepare on-site reports to spot light the crisis thus hoping that governments will respond to these issues. Of course, we will try to be of assistance to Canon Cox as requested and the ICRD.
Patrick E. Rea
Brigadier General - AUS Ret.
Grand Master III
11 SEPTEMBER, 2011
Dear American Brothers and sisters,
A few minutes away from the start of the commemorations of the Sept 11, 2001 tragedy, please accept all our thoughts and prayers. At the same time you will be commemorating , the French people will also commemorate , with reduced replicas of the twin towers near the eiffel tower, posting signs : "The French will never forget"
The members of the Grand Priory of France will in a few minutes certainly all in their private homes have a thought for you. With all our blessings
On behalf also of all our templar community worldwide, please accept our best thoughts and the community of our prayers , each of us in our own language, from more than 20 nations and 15 different languages.
Most fraternally yoursNNDNNCol.Dr Marcel de PICCIOTTOGrand Prior FranceDeputy Grand Commander, OSMTH
ROME, 1 SEPTEMBER 2011 (ZENIT.ORG)
Pilgrims Are Safer Than Ever, Says Jerusalem Bishop. There is nothing to fear in the Holy Land and no reason to halt pilgrimages, according to the Franciscan Custos, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa. Read more...
GROSS POINTE PATCH
20 AUGUST 2011
Templar Knights & Dames, Friends & Colleagues:Templar Knight Terry Davis of Gross Pointe Michigan and a member of the Priory of Saint Claire passed away on Augst 14, 2011. As you will see in the obituary, Terry played a prominent role in that Priory, recruited a number of Canadian military officers into the Priory from Windsor, and that led to the ultimate establishment of a Templar Priory in Windsor that further led to the establishment of the Grand Priory of Canada. Quite a fine Templar record, while also involved in numerous Templar and community and humanitarian efforts in Michigan and Canada, as well as serving as the Chief of Staff at the General Services Administration [GSA] in the Reagan Administration.
nnDnnJim CareyGrand Master Emeritus
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