Priory Stories
Priory of Our Savior Templars travelled to Henderson, NV to meet and greet the newest members of the Our Savior family. (Above: Chvse. Barbara Kogerman & Preceptor John Menter)
Priory  Help Celebrate Canon Cox
            From points as diverse as Corona, Paso Robles and south Orange County, nine Priory of Our Savior Knights and Dames traveled to Santa Barbara July 23 to honor Priory Chaplain the Rev. Canon Brian Cox, who preached his final sermon as Rector of Christ the King Episcopal Church.
    Priory of Our Savior Knights and Dames (Left to Right)  Sir Don McNamara, Dames Maureen Rhyne, Karen Carlson and Barbara Kogerman; Rev Cox; Sirs Bill Kogerman and Lou Carlson; Dame Trisha Henson; and Prior Eric Franco
With an early Sunday phone call from Chev. Carl Heft, KTJ, alerting Prior Bill Kogerman, KCTJ, that the Grand Prioress of Germany was in the area and expected to visit her family in Laguna Hills that afternoon, the Kogermans quickly worked the phones to invite local Templars to a reception at their home and a dinner to follow immediately after.
From left to right: Prior Bill, Lady Barbara, Dame Barbara, Sir Michael, Grand Prioress of Germany, Dame Elke Bruns, & Chev. Richard Keagy, Grand Priory of NATO    
With the monstrosities that the self proclaimed Islamic State (IS) is wreaking havoc with, many Templars of SMOTJ ask, "What is the Order doing about it?" While extremist hordes seem to conjure images of the quintessential enemy of the original Templars, we must understand the world we live in and the role we play. Diplomacy and advocacy are our sword and tactics now. On the individual level each member should understand that their Oblations are not simply yearly dues but rather the means by which the Order can wage it's new fight. Consider the following letter from Dr. Sarah Ahmed of The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME). The Doctor along with the well known "Vicar of Baghdad", Canon Chev. Andrew White are on the ground tirelessly assisting those displaced by the IS. Know that you and your timely Oblations ARE indeed in the fight.      
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