Priory of the Temple Church

The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem ®


The Priory of the Temple Church membership comes primarily from the State of Florida and Southern Alabama. The Priory currently has three Preceptories. The Preceptory of Hugh de Payens is located in Central & North Eastern Florida,  the Preceptory of Geoffrey de Charnay is located in Tallahassee, Florida and Southern Alabama, and the Preceptory of the Holy Trinity is located in Southern Florida.

Since becoming a Priory, various events have been planned each year, including two convents occurring in the spring and fall. Throughout the year the Priory also has various smaller meetings and get-togethers to foster a sense of community.  

The Priory has supported several scholarships for students in the Holy Land through the charitable arm of SMOTJ, the Raymond Davis Foundation.

We are a modern Christian Order of Knighthood dedicated to::

  • Seeking God in our lives and promoting love and respect for our community.
  • Increasing understanding between religions, helping pilgrims visit holy places, and maintaining a Christian presence in the Holy Land.
  • Supporting the poor, sick, and unjustly accused; standing against oppression, and protecting freedom of speech.
  • Encouraging the noble ideas of Chivalry; maintaining the monuments, archives, and history of the Knights Templar.





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