Are you willing to join the Templars Today?

The Templars Today US is a Christian association inspired by the values of the medieval Knights Templar. Rooted in Italian Catholic heritage, our community now extends across the United States with seven Commanderies and growing. As part of a global movement, we connect with over 3,000 members and 200 local groups worldwide.

Here are some important things to know about us:

  • We are not recognized yet as an official religious order of knighthood of the Catholic Church, as the original Templars were. However, we are recognized as a private association of Catholic faithful by the Vatican first, by the Italian Catholic Church in many Dioceses and in many other Countries.
  • We are officially registered as a 501 association in the USA.
  • Our main goals are to:
    • Promote the values of Christian chivalry, such as honor, courage, justice, and solidarity.
    • Defend the Catholic faith and its teachings by developing well catechized men and women and growing spiritual strength.
    • Study the history and tradition of the original Templars.
  • Our activities include:
    • Prayer, fasting and meditation.
    • Supporting priests during Masses and other religious functions.
    • Participating in processions, vigils, and other religious initiatives.
    • Safeguarding sacred places.
    • Organizing cultural and charitable events.
    • Historical studies on the Templars.
    • Public presentations of the real history of the Templars exposing the boundless myths and legends surrounding the Templars and their significant contribution to Christianity.
    • Participating to the “Silent walks for the Faith” Bringing the light of Christ to different cities.
    • We gather together 8 times a year for night watches of prayers. Recurring dates will be given to novices.

Degrees and charges

We all begin our journey as novices, symbolized by the white cloak (black for women). The time it takes to progress beyond this stage is unique to each individual. The Master considers factors like commitment, dedication, and personal growth when deciding when a novice is ready to advance.

The next step is the Armiger, or Esquire, marked by a red Tau on the left shoulder. This transition requires a solemn vigil of prayer in a church for three hours, mirroring the traditions of ancient chivalry. It’s a testament to your dedication and a reminder of the importance of faith in our path.

Following another period of growth, you may be considered for the rank of Miles Gratiae, or Soldier of Grace. This advancement is signified by a full cross on the left shoulder and the wearing of a tunic with a belt. Similar to the Esquire transition, the Miles Gratiae requires a night vigil of prayer until dawn, reinforcing your commitment and spiritual fortitude.

In addition to these progressive degrees, there are leadership positions within the organization, such as Visitor, Commendator, or Lieutenant. These roles are bestowed based on merit and dedication, not financial contributions. We hold firm to the principle that chivalry cannot be bought or sold; it’s earned through service, sacrifice, and the embodiment of our values.

How to join

To join our brotherhood, we ask that you meet the following criteria:

  • Age: be 18 years or older.
  • Faith: hold a belief in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Commitment: be willing to actively participate in our activities on a local and national level, with a minimum of once a month based on your personal circumstances. We understand that everyone’s life is different and we live in different and distant places, but we encourage participation at a level that is both meaningful and manageable for you.
  • Engagement: we organize spiritual retreats throughout the year, including at least two national retreats, one local retreat, and several international retreats, primarily in Europe. A full calendar of events is provided a year in advance, allowing you to plan your participation.
  • Here is an example of the first two most important spiritual retreats that are held every year:
    • first weekend of September: national spiritual retreat in New York City
    • last weekend of October: Chiaravalle della Colomba, Italy, an ancient medieval abbey founded by St. Bernard of Clairvaux
    • June (usually around the 20th but may vary): General Convent in Rome, our biggest event.

Becoming a Templar Today

As a private association, we require potential members to submit the following documents during the application process:

  • Baptismal Certificate (if available)
  • Short Life and Spiritual CV: briefly outline your life experiences and spiritual journey.
  • Valid ID Photocopy: proof of your identity.
  • Passport Photo: a recent photo for identification purposes.
  • Background check

How much does it cost?

The costs are very transparent. So here are the costs:

  • Annual subscription:
    • Regular 60$
    • Half for those joining us from September the 1st until December the 31st 30$
    • Commanders 100$
  • Uniform:
    • cloak (from novices) 100$
    • neck and cloak cross (from Armiger) 105$
    • tunic and belt 100$ (from Miles Gratiae)
    • patch 5$ each (no more then 3 per person)
  • Travel and Spiritual Retreats:
    • To keep costs accessible for everyone and encourage participation, members are responsible for their own transportation to events and retreats. We prioritize affordable accommodations, often utilizing sleeping bags and cots. However, we understand individual needs and can arrange for more comfortable options upon request, especially for older members or those requiring special accommodations.
    • Local retreats typically range from $100-$200 per person, while national retreats may cost slightly more. For example, a single room at the NYC retreat is approximately $300.
    • To facilitate a peaceful and focused retreat experience, separate sleeping areas are provided for men and women, according to the facilities.

For further information go to the FAQ page.

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