Sunday, December 23, 2007

Traditional Catholic Revival of the Knights Templar!

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Recently I became a postulant for the new order of Knights Templar, officially known as the Christi Pauperum Militum Ordo ("Order of the Poor Knights of Christ"), or simply the Ordo Militiae Templi ("Order of the Militia of the Temple") for short. It is a traditional Catholic revival of the Knights Templar, created in Siena, Italy, in 1979 and approved by the Archbishop of that city. Its mission, in general, is to fight for rights of God and of Catholicism; in our age of crisis, this means to fight for the restoration of the Latin tradition of the Church.

Please pray for me and for my wife (she is a postulant to become a Dame) in this exciting time in our lives, as we go through our formation process, which, after a brief, 30-day postulancy period, will consist of a two- to three-year novitiate, where we are required to recite the traditional Divine Office daily in Latin, to recite the (traditional) Rosary daily in Latin, to assist the traditional Mass as frequently as possible, to study assiduously and live out the spirituality and culture of Christian chivalry, and, in general to invest our energies in the restoration of Catholic tradition. At the end of the novitiate (in two or three years), "si Deus lo vult," we would travel to the Castello della Magione (near Siena) for my investiture as Knight in Obedience and for my wife's becoming a Dame.

If you are interested in learning more about the Militia Templi:

1) Read the article below, from Wikipedia.
3) Email your local preceptor (contact info in the website) about your interest. The Propreceptor for North America is Bro. Charles Adams, CPMO (

The Militia Templi

The Militia Templi is a Roman Catholic lay association of the faithful that celebrates its liturgy according to the traditional form in place in 1962, often referred to as the Tridentine Mass.

Founded under the authority of the Archdiocese of Siena, the Militia Templi's focus is knightly and monastic and members follow a modern adaptation of the Rule written by St. Bernard of Clairvaux for the ancient Knights Templar. The order makes no claims of direct descent from the old Knights Templar and holds that, when made, such self-styled claims are both historically and canonically false.

The Militia was formed civilly and with the approval of the local ordinary on September 21st, 1979. Its Constitutions were approved on Sept. 8, 1988 by the Archbishop of Siena Msgr. Mario Jsmaele Castellano. The next Archbishop, Msr. Bonicelli approved the Rule of the Militia in 1990. The Cardinal Protector of the Militia is Édouard Gagnon.

According to their Constitutions, the Militia has both married and celibate members. The knights with solemn profession (Doms), who consecrate themselves perpetually to the Militia with the investiture and the promise to observe the three classic evangelical counsels (poverty, chastity, and obedience) as well as the public testimony of faith (fourth promise), and the non-professed knights (Brothers or “Knights in Obedience”) who, with the investiture, commit themselves to strive for the perfection of Christian life.

The knights have no particular apostolate or pastoral engagement other than public testimony of the Catholic Faith. They are obliged to live by their Rule and recite daily the Hours of the traditional Divine Office. Their members include hundreds of Knights in Obedience, about 30 Knights with Solemn Profession, 10 national preceptories, many local priorates and scout groups.

Magistral See

The order's Magistral See, or headquarters, is situated in the Castello della Magione. It is a former Templar compound that lies in the village of Poggibonsi in the Tuscany region of Italy. Built in the 11th century, the castle was donated by it’s owners, Gottifredo di Arnolfo and Arnolfino di Cristofano, to the Monks of the Saint Michael Abbey in Poggio Marturi, who later bestowed it to the Templars for use as one of their numerous Mansiones or Domus Templi along the Via Francigena. After 1312, the Castello della Magione passed though many hands, including the Hospitallers and the Princess Corsini, until, in 1979 it was purchased by Count Marcello Alberto Cristofani della Magione, the founder and current Grand Master of the Militia Templi.

Attached to the castle is a church, also restored, with impressive Burgundian-Cistercian influence and is used daily by the order for the community recitation of Vespers and the celebration of the Tridentine Mass.

Symbol and Habit

The symbol of the Militiae Templi is a Red Octagonal Cross, symbol of the Eight Beatitudes of the Gospel, while the symbol is a white flag with Red Octagonal Cross. The cross is not to be confused with that of the medieval Knights Hospitaller, which is known as the Maltese Cross. The Grand Master has as its coat of arms just and symbol. The habit of the Professed Knights is white and consist of the tunic, the scapular with the octagonal red cross on the chest and a mantle with a cowl and the same cross on the left shoulder. The Knights in Obedience wear a mantle without cowl but with an octagonal cross on the left shoulder. The Ladies wear a white mantle and a white veil with the cross without the upper arm The Chaplains are dressed with a white Mozzetta with red edge, red buttons and an octagonal red cross on the left front part. The Oblati (Knights and Ladies of Devotion) have a gray mantle with the red octagonal cross on the left shoulder.

Spread in the world

The Militia Templi through Preceptories or Magistral Legations, is currently present in the following countries: Italy, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ireland, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Spain, United States of America, and Puerto Rico.


Tony said...

Wow! Professor, I did not know such an apostolate existed.

We can all do something more for the glory of God!

I will pray for you and your wife. Please pray for our little Franciscan Fraternity in Toronto.

Merry Christmas!!!

Br. Anthony

Anonymous said...

Another great association kind of like this is Corpus Christianum -
which is Marian in spirit and works for the renewal of Christendom!


Anonymous said...

Pax vobiscum!

I'm writing a paper on modern military orders and communities in
Europe and Russia. I've seen your website and read the Rule. I would
be grateful if you could help me and tell a bit about the way of life
of the Knights and Ladies of Militia Templi.

As I understand, the Knights have no obligation of living together,
and stay in the world after taking the vows. Are there any customs and
norms viewed as appropriate for the status of a Knight not explicitly
mentioned in the Rule? For example:

1) Official and private etiquette (rules of conduct among the Knights,
of manners in general).

2) Militia Templi's own cultural values, views of what is and what is
not becoming of a Knight's status in regards of occupation,
entertainment, arts.

3) Is there a common opinion on the value of knightly nobleness and
military aristocratism? Do you think that a Knight devoted to service
should be an example for other people in the matter of conduct?

4) Are there any educational programmes or guidelines and
recommendations for the children of the married Knights and Ladies
which aim at raising them within the ideals of knightly service?

I would be grateful even for the shortest answers.

Thank you beforehand,

Olga Kukhtenkova s.i. MSCD,

Sanctus Belle said...

I know you have comment moderation on so I'm writing to ask a few questions regardin the Militia Templi

My husband and I just began the 30 day discernment. We've read everything they sent to us and my husband talked with the Western Province Master of Novices but I have a couple of questions for you if you don't mind. We are a bit discouraged by the lack of any member in our area (minnesota)

1. Where are the members located in the US? Scattered around or are their clusters/groups somewhere?

2. Are you and your wife still members? Professed or still in novitiate?

3. How often do you come together as a group?

4. Do you know where hard copies of the Breviery Romanum can be found? We saw the online version but not very amenable to personal prayer...

Thank you for your patience with my questions. ANY information you could provide would be most helpful and appreciated.

Thank you, Erin