L'Ordre du Temple de Jerusalem
Our International Organization
Our Order is international, consisting of 43 countries governed by Grand Priories throughout the world. A Priory is a group of men and women under religious vows that is headed by a Prior. In addition to the Grand Priory of America, Priories are located in the following countries:
Armenia Austria Belgium Bosnia/Herz. Brazil Britain
Bulgaria Canada Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus
Ecuador French Guiana Estonia France Georgia Germany
Greece Hong Kong Indonesia Ireland Israel Italy
Luxembourg Malaysia Mexico Monaco Netherlands Norway
Pakistan Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico
Romania Serbia Slovenia South Africa Spain Switzerland
Structure of Knights Templar
Grand Priory of America
Throughout the U.S., a series of Priories and Commanderies serve as the focal point for our membership. A Commandery is a free standing group of members who have aligned together based on geographical preferences.
A priory is much like a commandery, but it serves as a focal point for multiple commanderies. As commanderies experience strong growth, it may be reclassified as a Master Commandery until such time as it reaches a certain population level. Once that occurs, it will likely become a priory on its own.
As membership grows, our goal is to eventually have a priory in each of our 50 states. At this time, priories, Commanderies and Master Commanderies meet within their geography for regular Investiture services, charitable events and fellowship.
We also gather online every week on Thursday evenings for our National Roundtable which is conducted via Zoom. We always have a guest speaker who can be a brother or sister from one of our priories or from another country. The Roundtable is always interesting, motivational and enriching. Time is allotted for an open forum as well. It's a great opportunity to fellowship with other members.