✟ Knights of the Holy Temple

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” -- Psalm 133:1

The Knights of the Holy Temple is a group specifically for young, high school age men. The purpose of the group is to provide young men an opportunity to contribute to the life of the parish in a meaningful manner. In addition, the Knights afford young men the opportunity to delve more deeply into Truths of the Christian Faith and attend to their own spiritual formation.

Most people know of the Knights from seeing them assisting in the celebration of the Mass. Yet, there is so much more to this group than serving at the altar! Each Knight strives to live by an Honor Code that encompasses every aspect of his life. He promises to live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience to the best of his ability as a young man. He is expected to serve the poor and guard those who are weak in the community.

The formation of a Knight will include:

  • A deep reverence and devotion to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and in service to the poor;
  • A profound commitment to protecting and fostering the Culture of Life;
  • An environment for leadership development, Christian fellowship, and prayer support;
  • Vocational discernment for the priesthood, consecrated life, or married life;
  • Encouragement to properly live the faith both privately and publicly.

✟ History

The Knights of the Holy Temple was founded in 1999 by Fr. Brian Doerr (now Vice Rector of Mount St. Mary's Seminary) at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Kokomo, Indiana. The "First Knights" established vows that acted as a code of conduct for all Knights to live by. Now, years later, the Knights of the Holy Temple have chapters ranging from Indiana to Pennsylvania. To this day, their vows remain the same:

The Code of Honor

  • In all things, we are aware of God: our place in his plan, our need of his grace, and always consciof all we have received from him. A good man willingly submits to God’s wisdom, not his own.
  • In order to sustain our ability to fight the spiritual battle, we frequent the Sacrament of Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation as often as possible. These sacraments are to be seen as the source of our strength.
  • As we are defenders of God’s Holy Church, we accept our responsibility of learning the Truth She teaches and are not afraid, reluctant, or even hesitant to defend Her honor.
  • We never underestimate the power of our witness as men to the truth of Jesus Christ and his Church. Hence, we conduct ourselves as Catholic gentlemen at all times by purity of action, decency in speech, modesty in dress, respect toward others, and a spirit of good nature.