Da Pacem Domine;  Fiat Pax in virtute Tua

"Peace be within thy walls, And prosperity within thy palaces.  For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost,as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen".

Time to explain for those readers who have a slight inkling about what I get up to on some weekends during the year when I disappear from CSKX, BBL and other places. You can see from this page that it is something different!

My career in OSMTH has been:

2002
Joined Priory of Notre Dame, St Mary of Magdalen as Novice
2003
Recieved Brevet of Admission as a Knight in the Priory of Notre Dame, St Mary of Magdalen
2005
Successsfully transfered to Grand Priory of England & Wales OSMTH-KTI
2006
Clerk to the Templar Heritage Trust charity
2007
Elected Priory Chapter Clerk and Grand Priory Scribe
2008
Promoted to Knight Commander in GPE&W for excellent work as Clerk to Grand Priory and to THT
2011
Promoted to Grand Officer in GPE&W and became Preceptor of London
2013
Deputy Grand Prior and acting Seneschal
2014
Grand Prior of England and Wales
2016
Grand Prior of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom
Since 2002 I have been a member of OSMTH, the modern version of the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, commonly known as the Knights Templar. Despite what you read in "The Da Vinci Code" we are not secret, masonic nor defending the bloodline of the Christ, but a confratenal order doing good deeds throughout the world. We are not secret, indeed we have a seat as a NGO at the United Nations, so we are pretty up front. We are divided up into Preceptories and a group of preceptories make up a Priory and all the priories make up the global alliance.
In 2002 I was in the Priory of Notre Dame, St Mary of Magdalene, which was part of the Regency Templars but when that took a direction I was not comfortable with, I applied and was accepted to the Grand Priory of England and Wales, a more robust and happy band! This Grand Priory has many aims but is mainly focused on two charitable areas: Pilgrimage, where we help disadvantaged children to go on Christian Pilgrimage, usually to the National Marian Shrine at Wallsingham in England. The second (new) charity is the Heritage Trust, where we will be assisting stonemasons in refurbishment of old buildings with a Templar connection, Education and Outreach work and so on. I am now the Secretary of the Heritage Trust. All is done under English Charity law so there is nothing dodgy. Oh and for those wishing to know, we have no secrets, funny handshakes and have male and female members and membership is open to all from any of the Christian churches. We meet for four main Grand Priory meetings a year and occasional other local meetings. I have met some really funny, witty and fantastic people from all walks of life and really enjoy the visits to Templar sites (there are lots in the UK) and the camaraderie. Oh and the dressing up is fun too, even though some are a little envious of my hooded, silk-lined church mantle!