The fraternity of Knights Templar takes its identity from
the religious military order of the same name that existed
in the days of the Christian Crusades. The modern order is
a branch of the Masonic fraternity and is comprised wholly
of knights who express a preference for the Christian
religion. Our order seeks to practice charity and
hospitality in all things and is especially supportive of
Detroit Commandery boasts a long and proud history in the
development of Templary in Michigan. Many names of Sir
Knights from the nineteenth century up to the present are
instantly recognizable in the annals of the professional,
business, and civic communities of Detroit and Michigan.
In fact, the Grand
Commandery, Knights Templar of Michigan, was organized in
a meeting on January 15, 1857 in our Asylum. Sir Knight
John Gilbert, Jr. of Detroit was elected as the first
Grand Commander of Michigan.
Since that time, a total of 16 (soon to be 17) of
the Grand Commanders have hailed from Detroit Commandery,
Commandery has included numerous distinguished
personalities including men who have earned the
Congressional Medal of Honor, served as the United States
Secretary of the Army, or who have led as Generals,
Governors and Mayors.
local Commandery not only supports the annual Knights
Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage, but was also the founding
organization for this magnificent program.
The purpose of the pilgrimage is to send Christian
clergy to the Holy Land free of charge.
Masonic membership is not required, and the
clergyperson may be male or female.
Order supports the Knights Templar Educational Foundation.
This is an educational program that considers all
applications for scholarships, without regard to age,
race, religion, national origin, gender, or Masonic
affiliations. These scholarships are not "grants in aid",
but are open to all students regardless of their financial
Commandery created and sponsors Project Freedom Inc., a
private, nonprofit foundation that provides funding to
install and maintain lift equipment to partially disabled
persons at a cost of more than $5,000 each.
The equipment is installed in the patient’s home
until it is no longer needed, at which time it is
refurbished and made available to another home-bound
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do not hesitate to email me with questions or for more
information on becoming a Knight Templar!