Updates from the Grand Prior
CAPT Chev. Clay Kemmerer, USN (ret), GCTJ, GMTJ
Grand Prior XXI, GPUSA

Greetings Fellow Templars!

Our combined Grand Convent and OSMTH Grand Magistral Council meetings in late May were tremendous, and it was a joy seeing so many of you there. Special Kudos to HE Chvse. Marge Enders-Bacon who chaired the Host Committee, and to all those Knights and Dames of the three co-Host Priories who came together to collectively ensure that these were sterling successes – Thanks to each and every one of you.

As we march forward into the remainder of the year, we as usual have a full and healthy schedule. After all the Priory Convents, various meetings and socials and fundraisers, our autumn Jerusalem Mite fund drive, and the fall Grand Magistral Council in Tomar, we will cap off the year with our 2019 Pilgrimage – and I cannot think of a better way in which to conclude our year’s activities and get into the true Christmas spirit. Pilgrims will depart the US on 5 December, the Thursday after Thanksgiving, and will arrive in Tel Aviv the following day after a non-stop flight from Newark. After overnighting in Netanya on the Mediterranean coast, we will visit several coastal sites (to include Acre) on our way to Tiberias, where we will spend three nights (one more than in recent years), I expect in the brand new Sea of Galilee Hotel which opened just last winter. After taking in all the special sites in Galilee, we will depart on 10 December to drive south, visiting some schools that we support to include the Episcopal Technical Vocational Training Center (ETVTC), before arriving in Jerusalem where we will stay for five nights.

While based in Jerusalem we will visit many places, beginning with Bethlehem where we will go to the Grotto of St. Jerome and Shepherd’s Fields, Nativity Church and the Grotto of Jesus’ birth, and Bethlehem University. On 12 December we enter the Old City of Jerusalem. We will view the Dome of the Rock from the Wailing Wall and visit the Church of St. Anne, the Pool of Bethesda and the Chapel of Flagellation. We will then walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to visit Golgotha and the Tomb of Our Lord, and in the afternoon we proceed to Mount Zion where we will visit the Cenacle, Dormition Abbey and St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Jesus three times. Next, we have a day to visit sites in Bethany to include Mother Maria and the Russian Orthodox School for Girls, and to drive to the Dead Sea, Masada, and Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Our C&I with the Permanent Preceptory in the Holy Land is the following day, but before that we will visit the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view of Jerusalem, the Church of Pater Noster, the Chapel of the Ascension, and then walk the "Palm Sunday Road" to Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over Jerusalem. We have our banquet that evening after the C&I, and depart for our return flights after breakfast the following morning, arriving home with a little more than a week to prepare for Christmas.

I hope many of you who have expressed interest, and others who may not have, will soon register for our Pilgrimage! Come with us - come sing carols in places you will never forget and discover what this journey will hold for you. I must share that our trip this year is frankly more affordable than it has been for many years – we’ll not likely see these rates again. We have nine signed up so far, myself and Grand Chancellor Agnes included. The brochure with itinerary and registration form is attached here (in the side bar) and is also available on the Member Home page of our website. If you would like to discuss the trip, by all means reach out to me. This summer is the time to get signed up – we do have a key date coming up at the end of the summer to lock in our group airfare, so please don’t delay too long!

Whether you can come or not, rejoice. Whether healthy or ill, prospering or encountering challenging times, rejoice. We have so much to be thankful for – and I start by being thankful for the dedication to our Order that you all embody. May you all have a wonderful summer, and a richly rewarding remainder of the year. Onward Christian Soldiers!

Non Nobis, Domine, Non Nobis, Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam.


July 2019
Regular publication of SMOTJ GPUSA

In This Issue

  A Word from the Grand Prior

  Unveiling of the ARTM

  Christ has died...

  Milwaukee Brewed

  Raymond Davis Society, etc.

  Scholarship Students Graduate

  East Meets West

  Lead Generation Process

  Music for Charity

  Priory News

  Priory News (Cont'd)

  GPUSA Calendar

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CAPT Chev. Clay Kemmerer, USN (ret), GCTJ, GMTJ, Grand Prior XXI

Templar Times Editor
Chvse. Analee V. Evans, GOTJ

Chvse. Michael Ann Robinson DCTJ
Chev. Robert Orin Holmes, Sr., GCTJ, CMTJ

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