Knights of the Holy Temple Established 1999
“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.’ [And] he was speaking about the temple of his body” (John 2:19).
The Knights Within the Parish
The Knights of the Holy Temple is one unique path among many possibilities for the evangelization, discipleship & formation of young men in the Church today. It is not a onesizefitsall opportunity for ALL young men, and not every young man is a good fit for this model. If a young man does not seem to be a good fit for the Knights or vice versa, our apostolic pastoral creativity should provide other good options for him. The Knights has a unique potential to be a place for young men who are disengaged from other activities in parish life; these young men should be pursued with evangelical passion.
The purpose of the Knights of the Holy Temple is to assist particular young men of high school age to experience Godly masculine adventure, battle and beauty, with a foundation firmly grounded on fraternity, formation and parish service. Do not lose sight of nor neglect these things! Keep your eyes on the prize!
All around us we find many types of community, often surrounding entertainment, sports, clubs and organizations. It is not good that man be alone (Genesis 2:18; John 17:11; Romans 1:12) because he is a social creature and is most himself when he is united with others in community. However, at the end of our life which type of community will matter the most? Entertainment, sports, clubs and organizations do not last forever, and they do not unite all people. Before his suffering and death Jesus prayed to the Father (John 17:11) “ut unum sint” (that they all might be one.) Jesus calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Catholic Church (Catechism 1). In this present culture i which is full of attempts at community, the Knights of the Holy Temple is an excellent opportunity for men to have the highest form of communion possible: life in Jesus Christ. Focused on fraternity, brother Knights grow in their conviction of the truth. “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) A soldier alone is no soldier at all. The Order is a practical opportunity where brothers can be united in the highest, richest, most powerful way possible. By their intentional commitment to one another, the Knights will be sure examples to our world of the richest community made possible by Jesus, the Lord of all.