An Old Region in Grand Priory of Bulgaria and the Priory of Romania

(17 JANUARY 2011)

OVIDIU PANEA KNIGHT COMMANDER IN THE PRIORY OF ROMANIA, GP ITALYDear Brothers and Sisters,Sometimes we are so acquainted with the reality around us, we stop seeing its beauties laying there for thousands and thousands of years. The following article is about one of the oldest region of Europe, covering the territories of the Grand Priory of Bulgaria and the Priory of Romania. Old links from a very old culture.

Managing Resources to give Peace and Humankind a chance


This document was a joint written statement submitted by NGOs in general consultative status:

  • International Alliance of Women (IAW)
  • International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) and NGOs in special consultative status
  • Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (OSMTH)
  • Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC)
  • Worldwide Organization for Women (WOW)Once again OSMTH was represented by Delegation Head, Dr. Chev. Marcel De Picciotto (Deputy Grand Commander and Grand Prior of France). 

The points being raised in the statement concern the importance of sustainable resource management and their link to lasting and equally sustainable peace, which underpins the United Nations Millenium Goals, and also ties in with OSMTH's Vision - as expressed on the Brussels Declaration - and the Order's new "Mission Statement".

Bishop Younan Releases Statement Denouncing Violence Against Coptic Christians in Egypt

3 JANUARY 2011

It was with profound shock that we received the news of the devastating New Year attack on Coptic Christians while at worship in Alexandria, Egypt. In my Christmas Eve sermon, I addressed our concern for the growing tensions for Christians throughout the Middle East. The memory of the killing of six Coptic Christians in Nag Hammadi at last year’s Christmas Eve Mass is still fresh, and increasing threats and incidents of violence have continued over the last months. Read complete statement


Subject: OSMTH Spring Meetings 2011 in Belgium - April 28 to May 1, 2011 

Dear Grand Priors and Magisterial Officers, 

The Knights and Dames of the Priory of Belgium are looking forward to welcoming you to Mechelen, close to Brussels, for the OSMTH Spring Meetings 2011 from Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 1, 2011. 

To assist our Priory and our Commanderies in planning this upcoming Convent, we would appreciate your returning of your Registration Form promptly, by e-mail or by mail. 

Complete details in the Carpe Diem Winter 2010


A joint Christmas Service (Bethlehem and National Cathedral) was simulcast from the Washington D.C. National Cathedral’s website. There was a small cadre of Knights (Grand Priory USA) who were actually in attendance at the service while a number of other Knights were able to view it live on the internet. It was a tremendous blessing to be able to unite people in the United States with our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land and celebrate the birth of our Savior together.

NGO participation to the 5th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Palermo Convention

18 - 22 October 2010, Vienna

More than 120 delegates from a total of 44 Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) attended the Fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC/COP 5), which was held from 18-22 October 2010 in Vienna, Austria. Read more

OSMTH was ably represented by Baron Wolfgang Odelga (Head-of-Mission, UN Vienna), Simon Comte de Saint-Claire (Chef-de-Mission, UNODC), Dr. Volker Zimmermann (Grand Prior, NATO), and Chev. Tony Piscitelli (Delegate to UN DPI).

A Lost European Culture, Pulled From Obscurity


Before the glory that was Greece and Rome, even before the first cities of Mesopotamia or temples along the Nile, there lived in the Lower Danube Valley and the Balkan foothills people who were ahead of their time in art, technology and long-distance trade. Read more 

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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