Dear Brothers and Sisters:
It hurts me deeply to have to communicate that Brother Luis Barros, Secretary to the Magisterial Council, recently elected as Prior General of Portugal, passed away in his sleep this afternoon peacefully at home.
Brother Barros joined the Order a few years ago in a ceremony he liked to remember quite often, in Rome. He became rapidly one of the most active and most loved members in the Order and the Magisterial Council saw fit to entrust him with the office of Secretary. His attendance to meetings, his interest in the development of the Order and personal commitment to Templar ideals have been unsurpassed in the last few years and become a beacon of light for Templars in all countries. We should celebrate Luis Barros and thank our Lord for having had his help and friendship. It is however now time to let him depart and fulfil his own destiny.
Brother Barros had just returned from the United States, from a meeting in the Commandery of New Jersey – that he founded and whose work he used to follow closely – and was preparing to enjoy the festive season with his family. Please, say a prayer for his family in this very difficult hour, this particular festive season to all families, pray for his lovely wife and two very young kids (both under 10) who couldn’t enjoy his always fun and loving company for as long as they rightfully would wish.
This is the communication I wished I would never had to do.
See you soon, friend and brother Luis
Luis de Matos
Non Nobis Domine Non Nobis Sed Nomine Tuo Da Gloriam
En este momento recibimos la triste noticia del fallecimiento del Hermano Luis Barros, a quien Dios tenga en su Gloria. Te rogamos de todo corazón tengas la amabilidad de transmitir nuestro más sentido pésame a su familia y a los Hermanos portugueses.
Un abrazo afectuoso y fraternal,
Fr. Fernando de Toro-Garland
Sor Patricia Oyarzun Pinto
Caro Luís Matos:
Ainda me parece irreal que esta notícia seja um facto consumado!
Parece ter sido agora que partiu daqui todo contente por ter sido investido no seu novo cargo já pensando no encontro de Tomar mas o tempo passou e neste que decorre Deus o terá em seu lugar e nada mais que em espírito poderá estar presente.
Não vai ser fácil encontrar substituto à sua altura. Ele era tangido por uma dedicação, provavelmente sem precedentes, ao serviço da nossa Ordem.
Se for possível, gostaria que fosse encomendada uma coroa de flores em nome da Comendadoria de New Jersey, para o seu funeral (…).
Aqui iremos mandar celebrar uma missa por ele, do sétimo dia.
Manuel J. Dantas
Dearest Bro.: and Friend,
I am in shock!
Please convey my deepest sympathy to his Wife and Children.
As you see, we are in a very complex time, and transition is most difficult when accompanied by personal losses.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, as well: as I do know how profoundly connected you and Fr. and Bro.: Barros were.
May the Light shine, despite the shadows of this material land…
JOHN [von Blaught]
Dear Brother Luis!
it was really a very unexpected and sad news! I have immediately informed about this unexpected and great loss also the Slovenian prior Marin Zen, who is at the moment traveling in Canada.
In his name and the name of all Slovenian Brothers and Sisters and also in my personal name I would like to present our condolences to the Order and please pass our condolences also to his family. I remember brother Barros from Ljubljana and I had a great admiration and friendship toward him. So young, so energetic, so full of life, friendly and always ready to help. And he has left us…
We were knowing brother Barros as a very respectful Brother and friendly Secretary to the Magisterial Council always ready to help. We were very glad and happy when we received the information that he has been elected as Prior General of Portugal. It is nearly incredible that he has left us! Our sadness is impossible to describe!
With him the Order and we all have lost a great person, a good friend and a marvelous Prior. But anyhow he will also in the future be and stay with us, lead and help us, as he will be with us in our mind and he will also in future be the beacon of light for all Templars around the world.
A Templar condolence greeting and comprehension to his family, we are in our prayers and thoughts with them and all of you, who have had brother Barros as Brother, Friend and adored leader.
Requiescat in pace!
fr. +Roman Vertovec
for the Slovenian Priorate
& personally as a friend & brother
Following the UNESCO initiative to elect the World’s New Wonders that will be announced in a ceremony in Lisbon July 7, 2007, the Portuguese government set out to elect their national wonders. And out of 77 nominees, the two top Templar sites in the country reached the final stage, competing with 19 other Portuguese Wonders.
You can vist the site http://www.7maravilhas.pt (all in Portuguese) if you wish to vote.
Finalists include the Convent of Christ in the Templar city of Tomar (100 km north of Lisbon). The Convent is situated in the heart of the Templar Castle founded in 1160 by Master Gualdim Pais, overlooking the beautiful valley of Nabão river and the city of Tomar. It was the main seat of the Templars during the Reconquista, the period in which Christian kings repossessed the lands in the Iberian Peninsula that had been taken by the Moors since the VIIIcentury. After the Templar Order was persecuted in many parts of Europe and eventually extinct by Pope Clement V, a fleet of Templar ships came ashore near the Óbidos Castle (one of the finalists in the vote as well) and found sanctuary under the protection of King Dinis who later converted the Templar Order in the new Order of Christ with full papal blessing giving them Castro Marin Castle as seat. Not long after the Order of Christ was founded and took official possession of all Templar properties and brethren, King Dinis promoted the return to Tomar, where a new Convent was established and successively expanded along the following centuries as the Order of Christ played a major role in the XV century Discoveries, including African routes, the route to India, the search for Ethiopia (and the Kingdom of Prestes John), Brazil and the Americas.
Also the iconic Castle of Almourol is one of the finalists. The castle was also built by Master Gualdim Pais in 1160, as a strategic defense post in the middle of the Tagus river, the most disputed frontier of the time. Almourol played a very significant part in the advanced defense system of the Templars. It is situated in the vicinity of Tomar and the fact that is stands as a proud mighty ship in a small island in the middle of the river has sparkled the imagination of many visitors that often summon the image of Avalon as one of the mythic references in popular culture related to Knights and Knighthood.
Other sites among the finalists, such as Alcobaça Monastery (founded by the Order of Cister under direct guidance of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux), Óbidos Castle and the Palace of Pena have peripheral, yet interesting connections with the always surprising history of the Order of the Temple and the Order of Christ in Portugal.
Os cavaleiros templários, acusados de blasfémia e heresia, foram declarados inocentes no início do século XIV, segundo um documento secreto do Vaticano que vai ser divulgado integralmente esta semana, pela primeira vez, por investigadores portugueses.O documento faz parte do livro «O perdão dos Templários», da editora Zéfiro, que inclui também textos de vários especialistas nesta área, nomeadamente Eduardo Amarante, José Medeiros, Luís-Carlos Silva, Pinharanda Gomes, Rainer Dae hnhardt e Sérgio Sousa-Rodrigues.
Trata-se de um documento descoberto em 2002 no Arquivo Secreto do Vaticano por uma investigadora italiana, Barbara Frale, e assinado, entre outros, pelo cardeal Berenguer, legado do Papa.
«É a primeira vez que ele é totalmente transcrito do latim medieval e traduzido para português», realçou à Agência Lusa Alexandre Gabriel, editor da Zéfiro.
A tradução e transcrição do documento em latim, conhecido como «Pergaminho de Chinon», são de Filipa Roldão e Joana Serafim.
Segundo Alexandre Gabriel, esta edição «reveste-se de grande importância, obrigando a uma reavaliação e revisão do processo de condenação dos cavaleiro s templários» que levou à extinção da ordem religiosa e militar em 1312 pelo Papa Clemente V.
O referido documento, que considera os monges-cavaleiros «inocentes» das acusações de blasfémia e heresia, foi lavrado em 1308, um ano depois do início do processo templário.
O pergaminho, escrito em latim, é assinado por Berenguer e dois outros cardeais, também legados pontifícios, quatro notários públicos, quatro testemunhas, tendo sido inquiridos cinco superiores da ordem e o Grão-mestre Jacques de Molay, que morreu queimado vivo em Paris.
«Houve a preocupação de enquadrar o documento na problemática da época, no seu contexto político-social e por outro lado relacionar com Portugal, na medida em que acção da Ordem foi fundamental na formação do nosso país e na expansão marítima», disse Alexandre Gabriel.
Após a extinção da ordem, o Rei D. Dinis conseguiu que todos os bens dos Templários passassem para a posse de uma nova ordem, a de Cristo, sob a égide da qual se empreenderá a expansão marítima.
Esta obra surge nos escaparates livreiros na próxima semana, quando são também publicados outros títulos sobre a mesma temática.
«A regra secreta dos Templários – O livro do baptismo de fogo», transcreve e traduz para português, pela primeira vez, um documento encontrado em 1780 na Biblioteca Corsini dos Arquivos do Vaticano pelo bispo de Copenhaga, Friedrich Münter.
Este livro obra tem também textos complementares, nomeadamente uma introdução de José Medeiros, e um comentário de Carlos Raitzin sobre os aspectos históricos e místicos da Ordem do Templo.
Do investigador Eduardo Amarante, que colabora em «O perdão dos Templários», é editado o primeiro volume de «Templários – De milícia cristã a sociedade secreta».
Um outro título, «A grande aventura dos Templários – Da origem ao fim», do professor francês Alain Demurgerm, será lançado pela Esfera dos Livros.
O livro, com 679 páginas, traça o percurso da Ordem religiosa e militar fundada por sete cavaleiros em 1120, que se albergaram nas caves do templo de Salomão, em Jerusalém.
Em 1307 por iniciativa do Rei de França, Filipe, o Belo, é movido um processo contra os Templários, acusando-os de vários crimes contra a Igreja e Fé católicas.
The Priory of Spain held its election for Prior General recently and the Priory of Portugal has an election comming up. It has been decided that the new elected Priors will be invested during the upcoming meetings and investitures in New Jersey.
The new Prior General of Spain is Fr+ Manuel Quintanilla (in the photo). We expect to have news from Portugal shortly.
So, if you are a member of the Order and wish to attend this very special occasion, please add to your calendar the following event:
Investiture of the Prior General of Spain, Fr+ Manuel Quintanilla
Investiture of the Prior General of Portugal, to be announced
December 17th., 2006
Please add to your calendar the following event:
The 16th and 17th of December the Commandery of New Jersey under the Priory of Portugal will be holding an investiture. All Knights and Dames of the Order are welcome to attend. If you wish to do so, please contact the “Templar Globe” and we will forward your request to Fr+ Dantas, Commander of New Jersey.
The Magisterial Council will hold the last meeting of 2006 in the United States. The meeting will take place the 15 and 16 of December in the city of Elizabeth, NJ.
The Council will address the problems that have arisen recently and will proceed with the reforms that have been undertaken in the past year.
December 16 – 17
Magisterial Council Meeting