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

Greetings Fellow Templars!:

Labor Day in America – a time at which we celebrate the “power of collective action by laborers…”. With the holiday just passed, I reflected on our common labor and collective work as Templars. We are all drawn to and committed to the same ideals and work as Christian Soldiers. Protecting Christians at Risk, particularly in the Holy Land and proximate areas of the Middle East. Keeping the Road to Jerusalem open to all people as our own. Practicing generous Christian Charity. Increasing understanding among religions, helping pilgrims visit Holy places, and sustaining the Christian presence in the Holy Land. Upholding the noble Chivalric Ideals of old. Maintaining the monuments, archives and history of the Knights Templar. All this we do – we can indeed certainly celebrate - and in total we do it ever more vigorously with each passing year. Alas, I note however that our primary annual fundraising drive … the Jerusalem Mite (JM), to which every Knight and Dame should contribute something ... was less successful last year than in previous years. For this year’s JM drive, which commences this October, I urge all those who can to increase their gifts over last year’s JM gift and I urge all those who did not give last year to rededicate themselves to making a JM gift this year! Help us reach our goal of 100% participation by all Templars giving something to the Jerusalem Mite.

I am often struck, as I travel and meet more and more of our members and visit with our Priories, by how varied and wonderfully diverse we all are. The incredible array of personalities, and accomplishments, and interests and talents is most inspiring – more so than I can begin to describe here. Let us all cherish those differences, valuing them for what each brings to our Order and the richness they collectively represent. Should we find some differences not to our taste or liking, as sometimes happens, may we always see the greater good and the common interests that we all share as Templars. Once you have visited the Holy Land, seen the joy in the eyes of those we assist there, and been moved by the enormity of what we really do and who, by extension, we really are collectively, petty differences should pale into insignificance. Celebrate and have joy – WE ARE TEMPLARS! We are SERIOUS Templars – who many others seek to emulate! In this – all of this – we are indeed like those Templars of old: Imperfect, wonderful and committed.

It is not too late to join me for this year’s Pilgrimage, and I do hope just a few more will decide to come and enjoy the most spiritual and meaningful experience of a lifetime. December in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Bethany and Tiberias – there is truly nothing like it. Ten incredible days in the Holy Land and you’ll home by 15 December – very likely more ready for Christmas than you have ever been before!

The Autumnal Convent and Investiture season has already commenced and I wish a very successful season to all as we gather in our Priories to reflect in Convent, invest new Templars, elevate and present awards and accolades to those who are most deserving, and in many cases to install new Priors and Priory Officers. To all, incoming or outgoing, congratulations. Let’s continue to groom and include more Knights and Dames in Priory Officer positions, expand our base of talent and expertise, and of course, to recruit more new Knights and Dames to follow in our footsteps! I look forward to being with as many of you as I can!

It will be a busy fall for us Templars, ending in the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. While we engage on all that lies before us, let us not forget or neglect to reach out to those who need us most, those friends, family, and fellow Templars who may in some way be suffering. Let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers and we care for them. Both we and they will be stronger for it. Blessings to you all.



September 2019
Regular publication of SMOTJ GPUSA

In This Issue

  Updates from the Grand Prior

  SMOTJ Scholarship Drive

  Priory Projects

  Grand Convent 2020

  Sister Martha Has a New Name!

  RMDs and You!

  ICRD Templar Update

  Priory News

  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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