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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 X Eric Franco
         
            Both a pastoral priest and a noted leader in the ministry of reconciliation using the methodology of Faith-Based Reconciliation, Canon Cox has inspired the Priory of Our Savior with his international mission trips. Most recently, he discussed both successes and trials of this work as the featured speaker at the priory’s Convent and Investiture at the Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Cathedral in Los Angeles, where he was also presented the Meritorious Service Award.  Additionally, he has been a panelist at various Grand C&I’s as the Order grapples with the complexities of Middle East peace and how to support Christians struggling through that conflict.
            Canon Cox is clearly beloved by his parishioners at Christ the King.  Priory of Our Savior Templars witnessed their devotion throughout Canon Cox’s final service as their Rector, including videos from friends and associates in Israel and other Holy Land locations.
            The founder of reconciliation organizations including Reconciliation Institute, Reconcilers Net, Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA), and the European Reconciliation Fellowship, Canon Cox will continue his leadership in faith-based diplomacy. He continues as Senior Advisor with the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy and adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law.  
            But Priory of Our Savior Templars know Canon Cox as a humble, profound, warm and loving Chaplain, taking significant roles in the Postulants’ Vigil and Convent and Investiture ceremonies. 
            With the Templar mission of keeping the way to Jerusalem open to people of all faiths, the Priory of Our Savior has been blessed to have as its Chaplain one of the World’s outstanding proponents of peace among all faiths as an expression of the  Kingdom of God.     
            To learn about Rev. Canon Cox'x church ministries, mission and vision for faith based reconciliation, continue below.
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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