It’s with great sadness that in this Pentecost Celebration the Order finds the Chair in the East empty, with the passing of our beloved Brother and Master of the Temple, Fernando de Toro-Garland.
We have indeed lost one of the brightest and most brilliant lights that have shone in our Temple in the last few decades. To the widow, our beloved Sister Patricia Oyarzun, a true life companion and tireless supporter – without whom Fr+ Fernando’s love for the Order and talent as a prolific author would not become so accomplished – our condolences and respect.
Master Fernando was born in 1925 in Santiago do Chile. In 1946 he would complete one of his many Degrees in subjects such as Humanities, Philosophy and Law, becoming a member of the Illustrious Bar Association in Madrid in 1957 and later on college professor in Literature and Law in many universities (Virginia, Columbia, Rutgers, Pontifícia Universidad Católica, UNED, etc.).
Fernando de Toro-Garland, the Templar
Photo: Celebration of the Battle of Ourique, homage to Afonso Henriques, Portugal, 2004. Left to right: Fr+ Ulisses Rolim, KTJ; Fr+ Antonio Paris, Master; Sr+ Patrícia Oyarzun, DCTJ; Fr+ Luis de Matos, Prior GP Portugal; SAR Dom Duarte de Bragança, Fr+ Fernando de Toro-Garland, Master Emeritus; Dom Nuno da Camara Pereira, Comendador-Mor da Ordem de São Miguel da Ala, Fr+ Nuno Silva, KTJ, Fr+ Ricardo Centenera Villena, KTJ; Fr+ Artur Batista, KTJ
In 1985 Fr+ Fernando was knighted in the Grand Priory of Scotland, rapidly ascending to the position of Grand Prior of Spain in 1988. By then his devotion to the Order and excellent skills as a strategist and the ardent desire for a united Templar organization were a transformative force that proved to be unstoppable. That year a group of Authonomous Priories, that descended from the noble lineage of Fr+ Anton Luprecht’s 1940’s Priory of Switzerland, formed the International Federative Alliance (IFA) in order to established the principles of recognition between Priories of the Order that worked within certain valid Templar guidelines.
Under Fr+ Fernando’s leadership the IFA grew in numbers and authority. The ideas put forth by Fr+ Fernando inspired many others to follow along similar lines and a few of the most thriving branches of the Order worldwide today owe him a dept they don’t even understand. Visionary, relentless, he knew how to command an audience and be heard. He knew what he wanted, how he wanted what he wanted and was able to inspire others to provide it. Like all brilliant minds, he had little tolerance for mediocrity and no tolerance at all – if not utter contempt – for lack of discipline and lack of loyalty.
In 1999 the 23 Priories that were part of the IFA elected Fernando de Toro-Garland as Master of the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Heirosolimitani, that, in respect for his values and objectives, added the word “Universalis” for the new century, creating the OSMTHU. Master Fernando took his vows from Fr+ Luis de Matos, Prior of Portugal, in the Aula Magna of the Lawyers College of Alcalá de Henares, Spain, birthplace of his beloved Miguel de Cervantes. And the Don Quixote reference is not in vain, as Dom Fernando was a fighter and a man that saw what others only barely imagined, sometimes being mistook for a dreamer when in fact he was frequently a thinker way before his time. His election, that did not fall from heaven in a tidy basket, was the result of many years of good labor by many workers. It was the first time since the mid-nineteenth century that a Templar Master was elected in universally free elections, audited by an external Chartered Auditor (located in the Isle of Man).
In 2004 he would complete his (literal) pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella as Master Templi and, as a humble pilgrim, in his high Office, pass his Mastership to his elected successor Master Antonio Paris.
Sometimes I’m asked about the “true Templars” and an “inner Order”. If indeed there is any sign of the former or veil for the latter, we have just lost one of the greatest references for this theme in the transition between the 20th and 21th century.
It was privilege to work with you, Master Fernando.
Ora pro nobis
Eques ad Flammula Veritatis
PS: Maybe the greatest homage we can make to a writer is to read some of his texts. Here’s a link to one of his articles about the Celestina (“Libro del Buen Amo”). [PDF – Spanish]
Ronald V. Cappello, age 65, of Yonkers died Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Ronald was born April 23, 1951 in Mt.Vernon, NY the son of the late Joseph and Marie (Papaleo) Cappello. Ronald was a graduate of Iona College with a Masters Degree in both Science and Art. He was a History teacher for the Yonkers Board of Education.
Ronald was a devoted Mason serving as Sovereign Grand Master of the Ancient and Primitive Right of Memphis-Misraim, a member of the Hugnat Lodge #46 F.&A.M. for 34 years, he was also a member of the Bethlehem Crusader Knights Templar, the Royal Arch Masons, the Cryptic Masons, the Grand College of Rites of the USA, the Royal Order of Scotland, the Rosicrucian Order and the Knights Templar Order of the Temple. He was Past Grad Master of the Martinist Order of the Temple and a representative for the Grand Lodge of Western Australia.
He is survived by his beloved wife MaryLou (Capone) Cappello, his daughters Robin Foti-Nadzam, Victoria Cunningham and Yvonne Foti, his grandchildren Alora Gerace, Kyra Nadzam and William Vanderlinden. Also surviving are his sisters Susan DeLorenzo and Frances Shikarides, his sister-in-law, Marion LaGrotte and 8 nieces and nephews.
Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 2, 2016
Note: The Templar Globe will publish two more remembrance articles on Brother Ronald Cappello in the next few days.
El pasado viernes 13 de mayo, el Priorato General de la Republica de Colombia de la Orden Soberana y Militar del Templo de Jerusalem Universal – PGRC – OSMTHU, presentó la Conferencia “SECRET TEMPLAR HISTORY AND FRANCMASONERY” por el I∴P∴H∴ Timothy W. Hogan Gran Maestro de la Orden Soberana del Templo Iniciática – Ordre Souverain du Temple Initiatique – O.S.T.I. La conferencia sobre las Conexiones Templarías en la Francmasonería, documenta las pruebas que demuestran concluyentemente la conexión en la Masonería temprana y los Caballeros Templarios. La exposición hace un recorrido de la Historia Secreta de los Templarios así como un examen de la asociación Templaría con diferentes escuelas de iniciación en aquel entonces, y cómo estos rituales más tarde encontraron su camino en principios de la masonería.
El Priorato General de Colombia en la sede de la Encomienda Templaria Emirto De Lima & Sintiago ubicada en el Valle de Barranquilla, hicieron los respectivos reconocimientos otorgando el titulo de Miembro Honorario, por sus méritos como Escritor, Historiador e Investigador en la Masonería y el Templarismo al I∴P∴H∴ TIMOTHY WARREN HOGAN, quien sirve al mundo como Gran Maestro de la Orden Soberana del Templo Iniciática – Ordre Souverain du Temple Initiatique – O.S.T.I., perteneciente al linaje Templario de Palaprat; ha sido investido de Caballero en la Orden del Paráclito y la Paloma en Francia – Order of the Paraclete and the Dove; e investido de Caballero en la Orden de San Andrés – Ordre of Saint Andrews, y en la Real Orden de Escocia – Royal Ordre of Scotland, en Escocia; También ha sido investido Caballero en el Señor Caballero de la Estrella de Oro de los Caballeros de la Cañada – Gold Star Sir Knight of the Knights of the Glen.
Es Presidente de Circes Internacional – (http://circesinternational.org/), una organización que estudia las culturas del mundo y las tradiciones espirituales a lo largo de la historia, que se desempeñan como embajadores de la paz mundial. También trabaja como COO de Elite Sterling Security, es socio de los Quattro Coronati Tabacalera, y hace trabajo de asesoramientos en Hollywood, California, para la industria del entretenimiento.
En su carrera masónica pertenece a la Gran Logia de Colorado, ha sido: Past Master de la Logia del Este de Denver #160 de Colorado; Past Master Kadosh para el Consistorio del Jurisdicción del Sur del REAA de los Estados Unidos; y Past Venerable Maestro del Allied Masonic Degree Council #429 Denver, Colorado. Miembro activo de la Enlightenment Lodge No. 198, ambos bajo la Gran Logia de Colorado. Él es un miembro fundador de Pythagoras Lodge No. 1841, bajo la Gran Logia de Escocia. Miembro Honorario del Wilkerson College Lodge N ° 760, en virtud de la Gran Logia de Carolina del Norte, y Miembro Honorario de la Research Lodge of Connecticut, bajo la Gran Logia de Connecticut. Él es un ex Profesor de Distrito de la Gran Logia de Colorado, Distrito # 53. Distinguido con el James Royal Case Award por la investigación masónica dentro de la Gran Logia de Connecticut. Es Caballero Templario en el rito de York de la Francmasonería., y un Caballero Comendador del grado 32 de la Corte de Honor (KCCH) en el Rito Escocés Antiguo y Aceptado. Es Past Soberano Maestro del Allied Masonic Degree, Capítulo 425. Oficial activo en la Societas Rosicruciana In Civitibus Foederatis. Ha sido nombrado como un Señor Caballero de Oriente y Occidente en los Caballeros Masones de Irlanda – Sir Knight of the East and West in the Knight Masons of Ireland.
Esta Cancillería en nombre del Priorato General de la República de Colombia perteneciente a la Orden Soberana y Militar del Templo de Jerusalem Universal – O.S.M.T.H.U., ofrece agradecimientos por la gestión y coordinación a los hermanos masones: Comp∴M∴Miguel Caballero, de la muy Resp∴Log∴HERMES TRIMEGISTO #63; al V∴M∴Marco Gélvez de la muy Resp∴Log∴HERMES TRIMEGISTO #63; al muy Resp∴V∴M∴ RICARDO MEJIA M∴M∴30, de la muy Resp∴Ben∴ y Mer∴ Log∴ LUZ DE GIRARDOT #2, Gr∴Canciller de la Gr∴Log∴ de Col∴ con sede en el Ori∴ de Bog∴
Fr+++ MANUEL ANTONIO RICAURTE FLOREZ
Caballero Oficial Templario Canciller P.G.R.C.
A OSMTHU, através do seu Priorado Ibérico, celebrou este ano o Pentecostes, realizando uma cerimónia de Armação de novos Cavaleiros e Damas, que teve lugar em aquartelamento protegido na região do Alentejo. Além das autoridades nacionais da Ordem, incluindo o Grão Prior Fr+ Luis de Matos e o Capelão Geral, Mons. Tau Christophorus de Lusignan, esteve igualmente presente o Senescal da Ordem, membro do Conselho Magistral e Prior da Inglaterra e Gales, Fr+ Leslie Payne.
Na mesma ocasião prestou juramento ainda o Fr+ Paulo Valente, KCTJ, sendo investido como Comendador da Comendadoria de Sintra, que terá o especial encargo de proceder à instrução da classe de Noviços.
Damos os parabéns a todos os Cavaleiros e Damas armados nesta ocasião, acolhendo-os numa fraternidade de serviço, espiritualidade e busca pelo conhecimento. Que os seus nomes sejam conhecidos: Cavaleiro Fernando Silva, KTJ; Cavaleiro Jaime Laranjeira, KTJ; Cavaleiro João Pedro Silva, KTJ; Cavaleiro Joaquim Marvão, KTJ; Cavaleiro Jorge Rosa, KTJ; Dama Margarida Rodrigues, DTJ; Cavaleiro Miguel Fabiana, KTJ; Dama Paula Valente, DTJ; Cavaleiro Pedro Coradinho, KTJ; Dama Rosa Ferreira, DTJ; Dama Sandra de Oliveira, DTJ; Cavaleiro Victor Varela Martins, KTJ e Cavaleiro Victor Graça, KTJ.
Agradecemos ainda a todos os que organizaram e puseram todo o seu esforço ao serviço da Ordem neste dia tão especial.
INÍCIO DA VIGÍLIA
INSTRUÇÃO E LEITURAS
Starting January 1st, 2016, Fr+ Roman Vertovec is ceasing functions as the Visitor General of the OSMTHU. It’s with a great sense of pride that the Magisterial Council acknowledges the high quality of its members, frequently chosen to lead Templar initiatives and groups elsewhere in the neo-Templar world. The Magisterial Council was informed that Fr+ Roman will lead a new group composed of the Priory of Italy (Napolitan branch), the Priory of Croatia and the Priory of Bulgaria, having already been installed as the group’s leader in Zagreb.
The OSMTHU and the Magisterial Council wishes Fr+ Roman Vertovec the best in this new courageous task. God, undoubtably, will bless all those who act with a pure heart.
Luis de Matos
Chancellor and Interim Master
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The morning sun was shining as bright as if it was Spring. But it wasn’t. Very, very close to the last days of Fall, we could see how the Tagus river carried the brownish fallen remains of dead leafs, broken ashen tree twigs and orange tanned grass leftovers tried by a few days of hard rain and sweeping winds. Winter was coming, the air was cold. But the sun was having none of it! And in that fine lit morning, towering above the river waters in an impossible island, the invincible walls of the 850 year old Templar Castle of Almourol stood up, proud and mysterious.
We had the good fortune to have been found by the boat owner, who, after having spotted us looking at the towers with a smile on our eyes, asked from a distance “Do you want me to take you to the island?”
HE Fr+ Bryant Jones, Grand Prior of the Grand Priory of the United States (OSMTJ – Lamirand/Haimovici branch), whom I had never met before, was visiting the Templar region of Tomar, in Portugal, and asked me if I would show him around. I was pleased to be his guide. Often some of our brethren, when they have a stopover in Lisbon in their travels, like to meet with me for a chat, a couple of beers or dinner. Sometimes they have time to go to Tomar. Sometimes they accept my invitation to visit Sintra. Many times, however, they are only educated tourists. They love to tour the places they have come to admire on the internet or their printed tour guides. But the real deal moves them no more than a 360º degree iPhone App with HD photos. They would hit the “Like” button, sure. But Fr+ Jones was hitting the “Love It!!!!” button for two straight days! His passion and knowledge for everything related to the Templar Order and its history was amazing. And uncommon. A real revelation. How I wish all High Officers of the Order in its several branches would show such knowledge and appreciation for Templar history, values and life lessons as Prior Jones does! The amount of problem that would be solved… And the drama that would not unfold…
Yes, we visited every corner of the Templar Castle and Convent of Christ that can be visited and spoke hours on end about every little subject that came to mind. Over the two days it took to visit Tomar and Sintra, I almost lost my voice, so much so that I was forced to cancel a class I was teaching that night. We belong to different branches in the Order and we have – and will keep – our commitments to our own branches. However, we struck a real friendship, firmly based on shared values and passions, shared objectives and visions for the future. So, don’t be surprised if ever see us crossing the gates of Jerusalem wearing the same white mantle!
Luis de Matos