This is published by kind permission of Vince Zubras, Jr.
e already know of those remaining Templars, some of whom escaped to Scotland, the rest to other Orders in Portugal, Spain, Germany and elsewhere. The descendents of those "underground" in France brought the Order into semi-secrecy with the General Convent of 1705 in France, when the Duke of Orleans was elected Grand Master, and new Statutes for the Order were presented and instituted. The Order then came to full public exposure in 1804 when a highly-placed Doctor named Bernard Raymond Fabre-Palaprat presented the Charter of Transmission, the 1705 Statutes and other items before the Court of Napoleon. The Order then began anew in France, building itself in open public, being recognized and its insignia authorized for public wear by Napoleon III.
he Order continued with a succession of Grand Masters or through a General Secretariat into the twentieth Century, and is presently headed by the Grand Master and Prince Regent, Don Fernando Campello Pinto Pereira de Sousa Fontes, of Porto, Portugal. The Order continues today as perhaps the largest "Templar" group claiming anything close to provable history from antiquity, with Grand Priories in most all European Countries, the U.S., Orient, Africa, South America, and elsewhere. It is entitled in Latin as "Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani", or The Supreme Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem.
he Order has survived several coup attempts, even as recently as 1995, with attempts to unseat the present Grand Master, resulting in much "splintering" of the Order into separate groups claiming antiquity. The only true historical lineage in this present-day, however, is through Don Fontes of Portugal, and legitimate Priories of the O.S.M.T.H.
am submitting this information to you for those interested. I am the new Prior of the newly-formed Magisterial Priory of Texas in the United States, and would be interested in hearing from anyone interested in Templars, or becoming a Templar through what we believe to be the "legitimate Order of the Temple." This most-definitely is NOT a Masonic Order, nor part of any "historical re-enactment" organization. We are formed for charitable works, and support various world charities with thousands of dollars annually.
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