Statutes, Principles & Regulations

Statutes, Principles & Regulations

Preamble

The Order” : “OSMTJ” is an official recognized non-profit-organization and no part of the earnings of The Order shall be for the benefit of any private member or individual. The Order shall not attempt to influence legislation and shall not participate in any political campaign for or against political candidates.
The Order : “Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem, registered in Belgium, Namur, on November 15th, 1975.
OSMTJ Inc., Florida, USA is protected and recognized under American law as a formal non-profit-organization.

Art. 1.  Title of “The Order

The name of The Order is “OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL” which is the abbreviation for the full French name :
Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem – International”, translated into Latin as:
Ordo Supremis Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani – International“, hereinafter also referred to as : “The Order”,

Art. 2.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL is the direct heir of the regular, the oldest and the authentic Templar Societyworldwide.

We are the direct heir of the Templar heritage since its formal recognition.
Our Order was restored by His Imperial Majesty, Napoleon Bonaparte, by Imperial Decree in 1807. 
In 1853, it was given recognition by Emperor Napoleon III.  

On January 19th, 1932, :“Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple du Temple de Jérusalem was first registered as “The Order” in Belgium, Brussels, and in 1957 as “International Order” in Belgium, Namur /BE-410 20708. This recording was done by three Belgian Templars in Belgium Brussels, Joseph Cleeremans, Gustave Jonckbloedt and Théodore Covias.  The record of the registration of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem” appears in the Belgian Monitor on January 20, 1933.  Lastly, our Order was re-registered again in Belgium, Namur, on November 15th, 1975.

We house the Belgian Grand Priory.

Art 2.1.

The International Order was under the administration of H.E., Mgr. Prof. Dr. Nicolas HAIMOVICI HASTIER (France / Italy) (1928-2023).  He was the Leader of “The Order“ – 
OSMTJ- INTERNATIONAL the governing body for the International Temple Community. 
From 1994 to early 2023, he held the Supreme International Office as the Regent of “The Order.

He was in charge of  “THE REGENCY COUNCIL”  which represented the International Board.

We house the Regency Council.

Art 2.2.

Our verifiable and demonstrable family tree / lineage goes back in a straight line to 1825 at the installation of the Grand Priory of Belgium by Dr. Bernard-Raymond Fabré-Palaprat,

Art. 2.3

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL unites both Templar community and Free Masonry community.

Art. 3.

The Order is a Network (OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL NET) and is the umbrella and Leadership body of the Internationally recognized, Regular and Legitimate OSMTJ Grand Priories distributed around the world,

 Art. 3.1.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL is the umbrella organization of autonomous Grand Priories scattered around the world. These Grand Priories retain their autonomy but must adhere strictly to the basic rules prescribed in the Statutes, Principles & Regulations of The Order  ,

Art. 4.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL is under the absolute leadership of:

H.E. Mgr. Rudy R.H.R. STEVENS, KGCTJ,
REGENT
SOVEREIGN GRAND INSPECTOR GENERAL
OF THE TEMPLE – °33

and the guidance of the
GRAND MAGISTERIAL COUNCIL (GMC)
&
The Regency Council

Art. 5.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL is willing to cooperate with any regular order, regardless of OSMTJ / OSMTH , as long as it involves authentic orders that can prove their origin. We do not want to participate in any internal power struggles within some orders.

Art. 6.

OSMTJ’s INTERNATIONAL main task is to provide the fraternity with more structure, unity and cooperation,

Art. 7.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL concerns a private society and community of Brothers & Sisters, and an Order of Knights, who in imitation of the historical predecessors : “The Templars”, strive for the perfection of mankind in general, and of our Brothers & Sisters in particular, by applying an ideal of Peace, Love, Nobility, Humility and Fraternity and this according to the ancient handed down tradition, taking into account the current social tendencies and developments,

Art. 8.

We consider historical, social and cultural works of study as an essential prerequisite to realize and achieve our aims of generosity, charity and fraternity, and this both on a theoretical and practical level.  In doing so, we build upon the achievements and innovative work of our predecessors in the economic, spiritual, and organizational fields as a source of inspiration for the contemporary social values and standards that we wish to live up to.

Art. 9.

We respect the historical rules of tradition and hereby respect the handed down customs, habits and rituals,

Art. 10.

We are socially representative as an Order and explicitly oppose elitism. We are composed of all layers of the population, regardless of race, sex, age, ideology and level of education.  As a ‘group’ we want to be a reflection of the society in which we live and we want to devise solutions for a more prosperous world through thorough study, thinking and communication, 

Art. 11.

Through our knowledge and skills, we want to work for the protection of our fellow man, the weaker in society, in general and the welfare of animals & nature and environment in particular,

Art. 12.

We consider it our special mission and duty to give help to third parties, to the poor and needy, and to undertake charitable, and to cooperate in humanitarian, actions.

Art. 13.

Through continuous and uninterrupted study and through thorough mental, intellectual and physical training we want to perfect ourselves individually. A healthy Mind in a healthy Body is our ultimate goal.

Art. 14.

Despite the fact that we have Christian roots, we are not a religious organization. We are Christian inspired and embrace secular and pluralistic society. We explicitly reject any form of fanaticism, fundamentalism and violence, and despite the fact that we undertake various charitable actions, we are not a caritas organization,

Art. 15.

We explicitly reject every form of religiously inspired warfare and oppose every form of aggression, violence and terrorism, 

Art. 16.

We embrace and accept our pluralistic and multicultural society and by affirming ‘freedom of conscience’ we demand from all our members absolute respect for the views of others,

Art. 17.

We oppose all forms of injustice, oppression and discrimination and expressly oppose any form of extremism and fundamentalism

Art. 18.

We do not support any actions that would disturb peace and order in society, and we submit to the laws of the country and/or region in which we operate.

Art. 19.

The official language of The Order is English.

Art. 20.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL is the Regular Temple organization. We recognize our affiliation and the de facto unity with Freemasonry and we recognizes the historical ties with the Rosicrucians and the Society of Sion,

Art. 20.1. MASONIC TEMPLARS

In addition to our Templar identity, we also belong to the Freemasonry Community and are part of: 
MASONIC TEMPLARS INTERNATIONAL (MTI).

Art. 20.2.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL provides housing to the umbrella masonic body :  “THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF I.R.M.T.” whose dignitaries who serve the I.R.M.T. Board of Directors also serve in, and are members of : the “MAGISTERIUM” &  “THE REGENCY COUNCIL“,

Art. 20.3.

Our Grand Priories can independently decide how to organize themselves. They can autonomously decide to be both a Templar and Masonic organization or be exclusively a Templar or exclusively a Masonic Order.

Art. 21.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL will never embrace any sectarian cause or political party, other than concerns oaths of fealty or allegiance those countries hosting our Grand Priories. While individual knights and dames are free to hold their own opinions and to take part in the political process, they must never associate the Grand Priory with any sectarian or political cause, no matter how noble, lest this Grand Priory be identified with that cause and it detract from our holy purposes,

Art. 22.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL gives recognition to one National Grand Priory per Country, State or Region,

Art. 22.1.

In any Country and/or State and/or Region, a Grand Priory may be established provided it meets the basic requirements as defined by OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL, 

Art. 22.2.

In order to become a member of OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL, these Grand Priories must provide sufficient evidence of meeting the conditions set forth,

Art. 22.3.

The minimum requirements to be officially recognized are:
– The future Grand Prior must provide evidence of his/her capacity as a    Templar,
– Deliver proof of Investiture: Certificate of Knighthood,
– Deliver proof of Templar Knowledge,
– Deliver proof of Masonic Knowledge,
– Provide evidence of Leadership skills,
-Benifit the protection of two Godfathers – members of  The Order,
– Provide proof that there are at least 10 brothers/sisters in his/her commandery,

– Be official registered in the home country as a non-profit-organization,

Art. 22.4.

The Grand Master appoints and ratifies the appointments of Grand Prior Magister & the National and Regional Grand Priors,

Art. 22.5.

The Grand Master appoints the members (only out of the Grand Cross Officers) of the “GRAND MAGISTERIAL COUNCIL”   (GMC), alias/orTHE MAGISTERIUM,”, which is the “Supreme Legislative Body of The International Order” and is responsible for the daily management of the International Order,

Art. 22.6.

The Grand Master and the Grand Magisterial Council (GMC) appoint the Grand Cross Officers of the “GRAND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL” which is the “Supreme Executive Body of the International Order“,

Art. 22.7.

The Grand Master is the first among his/her peers in The Order.  In voting, each council member has 1 (one) vote. The Grand Master shall always have the casting vote,

Art. 22.8.

The Grand Priories pay a one-time entrance fee and an annual contribution to OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL,

Art. 22.8.1.

The annual contribution and the one-time entry fee is determined by the GMC.

Art. 23.

Each Grand Priory can and may continue to operate completely independently and remain fully sovereign and autonomous, without any interference, provided they observe the fundamental principles of the Historical Regulations as provided in “The Rule” and in the Statutes, Principles & Regulations of The Order,

Art. 24.

Each National Grand Priory can be divided into Priories, Commandaries and local ‘houses’, over the territory of the Grand Priory,

Art. 24.1.

Basically, each Grand Priory consists of at least 50 members, a Priory of at least 25 members and a Commandery of at least 15 members,
(exceptions to this may be allowed),

Art. 25.

The Grand Priories can decide autonomously on the selection and recruitment of individual members as long as they meet the standards of OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL,

Art. 25.1.

The Grand Priories should communicate to The Order de details of the Knights in their Grand Priory, which are recorded in the Templar Ledger,

Art. 25.2.

The Grand Priories have the obligation to organize at least one “National Conclave”.

Art. 25.3.

The Grand Priories have the obligation to organize in turn an “International Magisterial Convent” at which the Grand Master is invited as guest.

Art. 26.

A Grand Priory of OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL will never reject any applicant on the basis of race, sex, ethnic origins, nationality, social, economic, or educational status, political creed, or religious tradition. We embrace our Christian roots and being a person of good character, the chief criterion for acceptance will be the applicant’s willingness to serve the Grand Priory faithfully and without thought of recompense. We similarly hold that no applicant has an automatic right to join the Grand Priory, but must be accepted by the membership of the Priory or Commandery to which he or she has applied, and meet the standards established for membership in the Grand Priory. 

Art. 27. 

No officer or official in the  OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL will ever order a subordinate knight or dame to perform any act or duty that violates his or her conscience, or religious beliefs, the laws of his or her country, or applicable international law. 

Art. 28.

We hold, now and forever, that neither titles nor ranks shall ever be for sale, nor will entry into  OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL ever be dependent upon any person’s financial or social status. Nor will any knight or dame ever be dismissed from the Grand Priory or held in contempt for the inability to pay donations or obligations. Neither shall any Grand Priory nor other governing body of our organization ever levy involuntary assessments on any knight or dame.

Art. 29.

The  OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL Grand Priory and its members will respect all state and national laws of the country in which they are located. All Commandery’s and Priories that make up the Grand Priory shall recognize and honor those officers elected to serve as the governing body of the Grand Priory.

Art. 30.

In the case that any member violates this Declaration, “The Rule”, the Statutes, Principles & Regulations of The Order, or the bylaws of the Grand Priory  itself, in that such a person may have departed from Templar principles and operates in such a manner as to bring dishonor and discredit upon OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL, or the Grand Priory, that person will be expelled,

Art. 31. 

The Grand Master shall exercise direction, as well as administrative and executive responsibility over the affairs of The Order , its establishments, subordinate organizations, and members. 

Art. 32.

Because OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL is the world headquarters for the OSMTJ TEMPLE community, and the umbrella body for the National Grand Priories, we usually work exclusively with the Senior Officers of these Grand Priories, within The Order.
Strictly speaking, we do not accept individual member, but refer them to the National Grand Priories,

Art. 33.

As the Grand Prior Magisters & the National Grand Priors are appointed exclusively by the Grand Master or the Regent, Grand Collar Officers, from the Grand Officer Corps of The Order, can be appointed by the Grand Prior Magisters or National Grand Priors.

Art. 34.

The Grand Master and all Grand Cross Officers are appointed for life.

Art. 35.

For all other appointments and promotions in the National Grand Priories, the Grand Prior Magisters and the National Grand Priors shall have full authority.

Art.36.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL is the umbrella and Leadership body for the National Grand Priories. As a result, the individual members of The Order can only consist of the Appointed and Accepted & Recognized Grand Priors.

– From the Degree of Grand Prior, one is a Grand Cross Officer,
– So, there is only one Grand Cross Officer per Country,
This means that, in principle, The Order  works exclusively with Grand Cross officers.
Exception to this: when necessary, The Order  can and may also appoint Grand Officers / Grand Collar, from the National Priories, within the GRAND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL,

They are then designated as Deputy.

Art. 36.1.

RESIGNATION FROM THE ORDER
DISMISSAL ARRANGEMENT

  1. THE GRAND MAGESTERIAL COUNCIL
    THE MAGISTERIUM
    (GMC)

Members of the GRAND MAGISTERIAL COUNCIL / MAGISTERIUM (GMC) (hereafter abbreviated as GMC) are appointed, on the proposal of the GMC, by the Grand Master and for an indefinite period. (In principle, they are appointed for life)

Their mandate may be terminated in case of serious violations against the Statutes and Regulations of The Order or when requested by half + 1 of the members of the GMC, with a written petition to the GMC, and this should be done by a 3/4 majority vote.

  1. THE GRAND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Members of the GRAND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL are appointed for a period of 4 yrs.

Their mandate may be terminated in case of serious violations against the Statutes and Regulations of The Order or when requested by half + 1 of the members of the GMC or the Executive Council, with a written petition to the GMC, and this should be done by a ½ + 1 majority vote.

  1. GRAND PRIOR MAGISTERS & GRAND PRIORS

After approval by the GMC, Grand Priors are appointed by the Grand Master for an indefinite period. (In principle, they are appointed for life).

When a National GRAND PRIOR is included in the GRAND MAGISTERIAL COUNCIL / THE MAGISTERIUM (GMC) & THE REGENCY COUNCIL he/she automatically becomes :
GRAND PRIOR MAGISTER / MAGISTER / MASTER / GENERAL / CHIEF COMMANDER,

When a National GRAND PRIOR is included in the GRAND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL he/she automatically becomes :
MAJOR / COMMANDER,

Art. 37.

In case of inability to function within the Organization due to health reasons or in case of serious violations against the statutes, the rules of  The Order , or in case of serious judicial violations against the laws of the country where they reside, the Grand Master and the other Grand Cross Officers may be deprived of their functions. It is the full Grand Magisterial Council & Magisterium and the Board of The Regency Council, under the direction of the Grand Seneschal General and with the assistance of the Grand Adjudicator or/and the Grand Bailiff, who will conduct the disciplinary proceedings.

Art. 37.1.

When the Grand Master and/or the Grand Cross officers wish to retire, for personal or medical reasons, they may be appointed to their office as Emeritus. They will then remain part of the Order, and can help make decisions in the Grand Executive Council.

Art. 38.

In the event of the death or permanent and total medical disability of the Grand Master, certified by a licensed physician, the Grand Magisterial Council shall review the medical evidence and decide by a simple majority the removal of the Grand Master. From this time on, the Leadership of The Order , is entrusted to the Grand Seneschal General, who is the Vice President of  The Order , and is the President of  The Regency Council, and becomes automatically:  “The Regent” of The Order.
From then on, the actual Leadership of The Order rests with the Regent who has the same duties and powers as the Grand Master.

Art. 38.1.

In principle, within a one-year period “The Regent” shall organize and conduct an election by the Grand Priors of a new Grand Master. The Regent shall under the direction of the Grand Magisterial Council, and with the support of and in consultation with The Regency Council, conduct the day to day affairs of The Order until a new Grand Master is elected. Such authority may be exclusively exercised by “The Regent” and all actions taken by “The Regent” must be ratified by The Grand Magisterial Council as soon as is practicable at a meeting or by mail or electronic polling of its members at any time. 
When necessary, this procedure can and may be deviated from, pursuant to the joint decision of the “The Magisterium” (The Grand Magisterial Council – GMC) & “The Regency Council“.
The ruling Regent can and may then continue his duties indefinitely.

Art. 39. 

Regarding the election process for Grand Master it should comply with the following procedure: 

PROCEDURES 

Art. 39.1. Legitimacy 

It is a fundamental principle of modern times that any autonomous national organization of any nature is free to choose how to organize internationally with others of similar mind and aims and elect its leadership under the principles of justice, transparency and total freedom of action. 

These Grand Priories are free to democratically elect their leadership and form of governance if they so wish, always keeping their legitimacy and chosen rule of law.

Art. 39.2. Electoral College 

The Electoral College is composed by all of the Grand Prior Magisters & the Grand Priors of The Order who will have the right to vote. 

Art. 39.3. Auditor

The certifying Auditor shall be someone not associated to The Order  and that receives no benefit whether financial or through personal interest. 

The Auditor will verify that the individual Grand Prior Magister & Grand Prior represents the Grand Priory, according to the list previously supplied to him by the Grand Magisterial Council.

Each Grand Priory represents one vote. 

Candidates: All Grand Prior Magisters & all Grand Priors can also present their candidature for the position of Grand Master. The candidature should be sent to the Auditor by stating their name, and Grand Priory, . 

The Grand Master elect shall be the candidate with more valid votes. (50% + 1).

Art. 39.4. Calendar 

The Electoral Calendar shall be the following: Declaration. The first step is a Declaration that shall express the reason for the elections, the calendar to follow and the Auditors contact information,

During a period of one week candidates will announce their candidacy to the Auditor.

The day after the Auditor will announce the candidates and the list of registered Grand Priories registered to vote. 

The day after the announcement the voting process can begin. This process will run for one day, and can’t be stopped by any reason,

The day after the voting has ended the votes will be counted. The Auditor will also use this time to prepare a declaration announcing the results of the elections, 

The following day the Auditor shall make his declaration public to all the Grand Priories.

Art. 40.  RANKS & titles of address

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL maintains nine grade levels.

However, the National and/or Regional recognized Grand Priories retain the freedom to not necessarily fill all grades and ranks. Thus, some of the Grand Priories will use the degrees of squire, sergeant major, first lieutenant or commander major, where other Grand Priories will not use this or similar degree structure.

Art. 40.1.        INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

GRAND CROSS OFFICERS

The Grand Master
The Grand Seneschal General,
The Grand Chancellor General,
The Grand Secretary General,
The Grand Treasurer General,
The Grand Marshal General,
The Grand Commander General,
They are the so-called:
GENERALS’ / ‘CHIEF COMMANDERS’ / ‘MASTERS’

 They all are all Grand Prior Magisters,
Grand Cross Officers & 
Grand Collar Officers
They are part of the International Administration and work at the highest level of the Order
and work in “The Grand Magisterial Council” (GMC) alias
“The Magisterium”
(Except for the Grand Marshal General and the Grand Commander General who are part of “The Grand Executive Council”)
They are addressed with the title His / Her Excellency

&

The National Grand Priors
Sitting in “The Grand Executive Council”
They are the so-called:
“MAJORS”

They all are all Grand Prior, Grand Cross Officers & Grand Collar Officers
They are addressed with the title His / Her Excellency

 

Art. 40.2.        INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

GRAND OFFICERS / GRAND COLLAR OFFICERS

Since the seats of Grand Cross officers are limited, Grand Officers, due to special merits and abilities may be awarded the Grand Collar.
However, they remain Grand Officers but may perform the assignments assigned to them 
out of duties of Grand Cross Officers,

Grand Officers / Grand Collar Officers who work in the International Board are the so-called:
DEPUTIES

When a Grand Officer / Grand Collar Officer is added to the Grand Executive Council
the word “Deputy” is listed before or after his/her position
They are referred as Noble Brother/Sister.

 

Art. 40.3.        NATIONAL LEVEL

GRAND CROSS OFFICER
The Grand Prior Magister or the National Grand Prior is the only
Grand Cross Officer in the National Grand Priory

GRAND COLLAR OFFICERS
The Grand Prior Magister or the National Grand Prior may reward the most deserving officers in His / Her Grand Priory with
the Rank and Title of Grand Collar Officer.
They retain their Rank and Title but may now perform the duties assigned to them, normally reserved exclusively for the Grand Cross Officers.

GRAND OFFICERS
They are part of the National and Regional administration and work under the authority of the Grand Prior or Grand Prior Magister
They are referred as Noble Brother/Sister.

OFFICERS COMMANDERS
They perform within the National Grand Priories
They are referred as Noble Brother/Sister.

OFFICERS
They perform within the National Grand Priories
They are referred as Noble Brother/Sister.

KNIGHTS & DAMES
They are referred as Brother/Sister.

SERGEANTS
They are referred as Brother/Sister.

GUARDS
They are referred as Brother/Sister.

NOVICES
They are referred as Brother/Sister.

Art. 41.  RANKS ad GRADES

The Order recognizes the following ranks and degrees:

LEVEL IX  

GENERAL / CHIEF COMMANDER  /
MASTER / MAGISTER
& MAJOR LEVEL  /
GRAND CROSS OFFICERS  /  GRAND COLLAR

GENERAL       :      GRAND MASTER & REGENT
GENERAL       :      GRAND SENESCHAL GENERAL
GENERAL       :      GRAND CHANCELLOR GENERAL
GENERAL       :      GRAND SECRETARY GENERAL
GENERAL       :      GRAND TREASURER GENERAL

GENERAL       :      GRAND MARSHAL GENERAL
GENERAL       :      GRAND COMMANDER GENERAL

GENERAL       :      AMBASSADOR GENERAL

MAJOR          :       GRAND BAILIFF MAJOR
MAJOR          :       GRAND VISITATOR MAJOR
MAJOR          :       GRAND SWORD BEARER MAJOR
MAJOR          :       GRAND CHAPLAIN MAJOR
MAJOR          :       GRAND VICAR MAJOR
MAJOR          :       GRAND SCRIBE MAJOR
MAJOR          :       GRAND FUNCTION MAJOR
MAJOR          :       GRAND FUNCTION MAJOR
MAJOR          :       NATIONAL GRAND PRIORS
MAJOR          :       TERRITORIAL AMBASSADORS

DEPUTY       :       GRAND COLLAR OFFICER / “DEPUTY”

LEVEL VIII
GRAND COMMANDER / DEPUTY / 
GRAND OFFICERS
LEVEL

GRAND OFFICER : GRAND SENESCHAL         
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND CHANCELLOR
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND SECRETARY
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND TREASURER
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND MARSHAL
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND COMMANDER
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND BAILIFF
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND ADJUDICATOR
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND VICEROY
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND VISITATOR
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND SWORD BEARER
GRAND OFFICER : STANDARD BEARER
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND CHAPLAIN
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND VICAR
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND HISTORIAN
GRAND OFFICER ; GRAND CEREMONIAL
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND DRAPER
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND SCRIBE
GRAND OFFICER : AMBASSADOR
GRAND OFFICER : SPEAKER
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND FUNCTION
GRAND OFFICER : GRAND FUNCTION
GRAND OFFICER : PRIOR

LEVEL VII
  
 COMMANDER LEVEL

COMMANDER : COMMANDER MARSHAL
COMMANDER : COMMANDER MAJOR
COMMANDER : COMMANDER INSPECTOR
COMMANDER : COMMANDER VERIFIER
COMMANDER : COMMANDER
COMMANDER : BAILIFF

LEVEL VI
 OFFICER LEVEL

OFFICER : CAPTAIN
OFFICER : FIRST LIEUTENANT
OFFICER : LIEUTENANT
OFFICER : VISITATOR
OFFICER : SWORD BEARER
OFFICER : CHAPLAIN
OFFICER : VICAR
OFFICER : FUNCTION

LEVEL V
WARRANT OFFICER LEVEL

KNIGHT

LEVEL IV
PETTY OFFICER / MASTER MASON
LEVEL

SERGEANT
PROVOST
GUARDIAN

LEVEL III
GUARD / FELLOWCRAFT
LEVEL

FIRST GUARD
GUARD

LEVEL II
NOVICE / ENTERED APPRENTICE / STUDENT
LEVEL

NOVICE
NOVICE
NOVICE

LEVEL I
ASPIRANT / ENTERED APPRENTICE
LEVEL

ASPIRANT
APPLICANT

Art. 42. Powers and assignments of members of the
      THE GRAND MAGESTERIAL COUNCIL / 
                 THE MAGISTERIUM (GMC)

THE GRAND MASTER

The Grand Master is in General charge of The Order, without any restrictions.
He/she is the President of The Order 
.

 

THE GRAND SENESCHAL GENERAL

The Grand Seneschal General replaces the Grand Master during absences.

He/she is second in command.

He/She is the Vice President of The Order,
He/She is the Chief of Staff of The Order 
.
He/She is the President of of The Regency Council. 
He/she is responsible for the Public- and Human Relations of The Order.
He/she oversees the General Safety and Security and Military Discipline of the Officer Corps and is in charge of Legal Regulations,

THE GRAND CHANCELLOR GENERAL

The Grand Chancellor General is third in command and replaces The Grand Master and the Grand Seneschal General during their absences.
He/she is responsible for the Public and Human Relations of The Order
.
He/she oversees the Social and Religious values within The Order and oversees the Legal Regulations.

 

THE GRAND SECRETARY GENERAL

The Grand Secretary General is responsible for the publications of The Order  and monitors compliance with regulations at meetings. He/she makes the minutes of the meetings of the “Grand Magisterial Council”.
He/she oversees multi-media publications and messages related to The Order 
.

 

THE GRAND TREASURER GENERAL

He/she oversees the accounts of The Order .
He/she performs accounting and controls the income and expenses of The Order 
.

Art. 42.1.  Powers and assignments of members of the    

THE GRAND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL”

The positions of Grand Marshal and Grand Commander are entrusted exclusively to Grand Cross officers. Thus, they are always “Generals”.
From the position of Grand Bailiff, also a Grand Officer / Grand Collar can fill any position.
In this case, his/her title is: Deputy Grand Bailiff.

THE GRAND MARSHAL GENERAL

He/she oversees the overall operation of all National Grand Priories – worldwide – and is jointly responsible for the Public Relations of The Order ,

THE GRAND COMMANDER GENERAL

He/She oversees the overall operation of all National Grand Priories – worldwide – and supervises the military discipline and conduct of the members of the Grand Priories.
He/She controls the punctual observance of “
The Rule”, the Statutes, Principles & Regulations of The Order ,
He/she is responsible for General Safety and Security of The Order,

THE GRAND BAILIFF MAJOR

He/She oversees the overall operation of all National Grand Priories – worldwide – and supervises the military discipline and conduct of the members of the Grand Priories.
He/She controls the punctual observance of “
The Rule”, the Statutes, Principles & Regulations of  The Order ,
He/she fulfills the role of Prosecutor within The Order
.

Art. 43. ORGANIZATION & STRUCTURE

The International Board of O.S.M.T.J. is composed of three governing bodies. 

OSMTJ WORLD
(INTERNATIONAL BOARD)
composed of

 The GRAND MASTER or REGENT
(GM / RGT)
is the highest Dignitary of the Order
and is referred to as His / Her “Excellency”,

THE GRAND MAGESTERIAL COUNCIL
The Grand Magisterial Council” (GMC)
alias
THE MAGISTERIUM
which is the Supreme Legislative Body of The International Order
And is responsible for Daily Management of The International Order
and is composed of:

The Grand Master
The Grand Seneschal General
The Grand Chancellor General
The Grand Secretary General
The Grand Treasurer General

 They constitute the first degree of the Councilor Board

 THE GRAND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
which is the Supreme Executive Body of The International Order
and is composed of:

The Grand Master,
The Grand Seneschal General
The Grand Chancellor General
The Grand Secretary General
The Grand Treasurer General
The Grand Marshal General
The Grand Commander General

The Majors
The Grand Prior Magisters
and the designated 
Grand Cross Officers / Grand Collar Officers
&
Grand Officers / Grand Collar
‘Deputies’

 They may be assisted by Grand Officers (non-board officers),
They constitute the second degree of the Councilor Board.


 THE GRAND PRIORS
All the National Grand Priors are all Grand Cross Officers / Grand Collar and addressed with the title His / Her Excellency
They constitute the third degree of the Councilor Board.

 Art. 44.

When a National Grand Prior / Grand Cross Officer is admitted to The Grand Magisterial Council (GMC) – “The Magisterium” his/her address title automatically becomes:
GENERAL, MASTER / MAGISTER  & GRAND PRIOR MAGISTER

Art. 45.

When a National Grand Prior / Grand Cross Officer or is admitted to The Grand Executive Council his/her address title automatically becomes: MAJOR,

Art. 45.1.

When a Grand Officer / Grand Collar is admitted to The Grand Executive Council his/her address title automatically becomes: DEPUTY,

Art. 45.2.

International Representatives of The Order may also be assigned the title of: DEPUTY.

Art.46. GRADES & DEGREES : ABBREVIATIONS

GRAND CROSS OFFICERSKGCTJ
GRAND COLLAR OFFICERSKGOTJ (GC)
GRAND OFFICERSKGOTJ
COMMANDERSKCTJ
OFFICERSKOTJ
KNIGHTSKTJ

Art. 47. GRAND COLLAR OFFICERS

Without prejudice to the conferred Ranks & Degrees, The Order  may also, exceptionally, confer the “GRAND COLLAR” on Brothers and/or Sisters Grand Officers, from the Level VIII – the Rank of: PRIOR COMMANDER and/or for “exceptional merit” for the benefit of The Order.

Art. 48.
GRAND CROSS & GRAND COLLAR OFFICERS

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL may reward Grand Officers of other Orders for their services rendered to The Order with the Honorary Grand Cross of the Order and/or the Honorary Grand Collar.

 Art. 49. AFFILIATES

The Order has three classes of affiliates who, not being bound by the general conditions of admission, deserve to be distinguished for their services :

Dame (or Signet) with the corresponding rank for ladies of high social rank or belonging to the family of members of The Order. The partners of the Grand Dignitaries are “Ladies of honor”/ “Sir of honor” with the rank corresponding to that of their husband/wife.

Squire for the heirs of the Knight/Dames or sons/daughters of dignitaries.

Art. 50. APPOINTMENTS

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL

 

THE GRAND MAGESTERIAL COUNCIL

THE MAGISTERIUM
(GMC)

GRAND MASTER
H.E. Luis J. MARTINEZ
U.S.A.

          GRAND SENESCHAL GENERAL         
H.E. Rudy R.H.R. STEVENS
BELGIUM

GRAND SECRETARY GENERAL
H.E.
Daniel TURBYFILL
U.S.A.   

GRAND TREASURER GENERAL
H.E. Joao Pedro Cameira GOMES
PORTUGAL

 

 

THE GRAND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

GRAND MASTER
H.E. Luis M. MARTINEZ, KGCTJ,
U.S.A.

          GRAND SENESCHAL GENERAL         
H.E. Rudy R.H.R. STEVENS, KGCTJ,
BELGIUM

GRAND SECRETARY GENERAL
H.E.
Daniel TURBYFILL, KGCTJ,
U.S.A.   

GRAND TREASURER GENERAL
H.E. Joao Pedro Cameira GOMES, KGCTJ,
PORTUGAL

GRAND COMMANDER GENERAL
H.E. Ilija ZIVOTIC, KGCTJ,
SERBIA

GRAND ADJUDICATOR MAJOR
H.E Gustavo JEONG, KGCTJ,
ARGENTINA

GRAND CHAPLAIN MAJOR
H.E. KC Eddie RIVERO, KGCTJ,
U.S.A.

GRAND ALMONER MAJOR
H.E. Karlos ORTEGA, KGCTJ,
COSTA RICA

GRAND SWORDBEARER MAJOR
H.E. Pedro J. MARTINEZ PADRÓ, KGCTJ,
SPAIN

GRAND RESOURCER MAJOR
H.E. Gilmar CAMARGO, KGCTJ,
BRAZIL

GRAND CULTURAL ADVISOR
H.E. Angelo NAPPA, KGCTJ,
ITALY

DEPUTY GRAND BAILIFF
Fra. Youri VAN HASSEL, KGOTJ (GC),
BELGIUM

                                                                                           AMBASSADOR GENERAL
H.E. Rudy R.H.R. STEVENS, KGCTJ,
      BELGIUM

AMBASSADOR EUROPE
H.E. Hans VAN ROOIJEN, KGCTJ,
THE NETHERLANDS

AMBASSADOR AMERICA
H.E. Daniel TURBYFILL KGCTJ,
U.S.A.

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