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Knight Templars
Commandery of Simon Peter in Ottawa

New Commandery of Simon Peter in Ottawa
By Chevalier Wm. L. Upper

It was a sunny May 22nd in Ottawa at Canadian Forces Uplands Chapel, where six men and four women took the oath to “fight from this day forward to be a defender of the kingdom of Christ” said Ronald Matthewman, our Canadian Grand Prior.  With those words the New Priory of Simon-Peter was invested into the Order.  Traveling from Windsor Grand Prior Ronald was accompanied by Chev. Ted Knight, GOTJ who along with our own Grand Prior Matthew Gasaenbeek lll, GOTJ, Chevalier George McNeillie lll, UE, GOTJ, and Rev. Dame Nola Crewe, GOTJ conducted the Investiture Ceremony.  With great pride, our offering to the new Priory was their Bible, presented by Rev. Dame Nola. 

St. James Priory contingency was simpleminded with Dame Dai Gaasenbeek, DCTJ, Major Chev. Edward Denbeigh, KTJ  Dame Joan Peters, DCTJ and Chev. William Upper, KTJ.  Simon-Peter’s expansion to the Canadian Priory comes at an expense to our Priory in that Chev. Joseph Peters KTJ,  Chev. Alan Williams, KCTJ, OStJ, CD, Dame Raquel Fragoso Peters, DTJ, and Maj. The Rev. Canon Chev. Eric Reynolds KTJ are all moving over to Simon-Peter Priory. 

In addressing the banquet that followed the Investiture, Grand Prior Ronald remarked on the development of Templar movement in Canada and in so doing read a letter from Rear Admiral Carey offering his congratulations to the new Priory.  The establishment of this Priory has been an aspiration of the Grand Prior for a number of years as he envisions a missing link to our Nation’s Capital has now been filled.  In a very brief speech, the Grand Prior reminded the gathering of the 2010 Convent in Toronto, and desired that many Knights 7 Dames from the new Priory would attend to get to know the wider scope of The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem  on the World Stage.

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