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Frequently Asked Qustions

On Admission to the Poor Knights of Christ as a Candidate for Knighthood

Q)  Do you have to be Catholic to join the Militia Templi?

A)  Yes, you must be a Catholic who frequents the sacraments and is in good standing with the Church.  Part of the admissions process involves receiving a letter from your pastor confirming that you regularly receive the sacraments.

Q)  What if I am coming into the Catholic Church?

A)  First finish the process of coming into the Catholic Church, you can of course contact us and ask questions about membership. 

Q)  Do you allow married men to join?

A)  Yes, however we will ask for a letter from your wife confirming that she will support your vocation and assist you in living out your new life as a member.  If you are in a serious romantic relationship that could lead to marriage we also ask for such a letter.

Q)  Do you allow Priests to join?

A)  Yes, but only as chaplains and the process is different than becoming a Knight in the militia.

Q)  Can I join if I am already a member of the Knights of Columbus?

A)  Yes, the Knights of Columbus are a fraternal brotherhood distinct from your membership in the Militia Templi. However, you must place your vocation as a Poor Knight of Christ over and above your participation in events with the Knights of Columbus.  

Q)  Can I join if I am a third order (Carmelite, Norbertine, Fransican, Dominican)

A)  Not as a candidate for Knighthood.  Seeing as these other associations of the faithful also take vows/promises of obedience to their superiors it would create a conflict. 

Q) I want to join the Poor Knights of Christ as a candidate for Investiture?  How do I start the process?

A) If you reside in North or South America you would start the process by contacting the preceptory at with a brief introduction of yourself.  Please include all the details we have requested on our homepage?

Q) How long does the admission process take?

A)  All postulants are required to spend 30 days meditating upon the rule before asking for formal admittance from the time they contact the Preceptor (and/or) Commander. After which they will need to put together a portfolio of paperwork to submit asking for admission.  A formal interview will also need to be scheduled another member, ideally another Knight.  After the portfolio is submitted and the interview completed the Preceptoral Council, or Commandery will assemble, review the portfolio, discuss the interview and vote on whether the postulant should be admitted. The entire process normally takes several months to complete.

Q)  What is contained in this portfolio?
  • A copy of your sacramental records (Baptismal, Marriage, Confirmation etc)
  • Formal resume.
  • A letter from your Pastor stating that you are a Catholic in good standing who frequents the sacraments. It can be one sentence if it has to be, but get it on official parish letter head with a signature.
  • If you are married, dating or engaged a letter from your wife/girlfriend/fiance stating her support for your vocation.
  • A letter from you stating why you want to join the Militia Templi.
  • A declaration that you are not involved in any secret societies (such as the masons) and that you are able to financial support your family.  The specific declaration will be provided to you by us. 
  • Should their be a circumstance involving an annulment a declaration of nullity.  
Q) What is the interview for?

A) Our Rule of Life makes certain demands on us admitting new candidates, please read Chapter 7 of the rule to come to a full understanding. 

Q)  After taking my vows does the Church consider me a cleric?

A)  No.

On the Formation of New Members

Q)  When do I have to start reciting the hours of the 1962 Divine Office?

A)  Immediately, Novices must fulfill all the obligations of a fully professed Knight from day one of their Novitate.

Q)  Do the hours have to be said in Latin?

A)  Yes, you may use an English translation to assist you in comprehending the office, but you must to the best of your ability say the prayers in Latin word for word even if you have no experience with Latin.  

Q)  What type of assignments can I expect as a Novice?

A) Novices are required to be  in contact with their Novice Master by phone at least once a month, ideally much more, and to go on an annual Novice retreat and/or do at least 12 hours of in person formation with him. Novices receive a reading list and assignments. They should also expect to be tested on their proficiency at saying the Divine Office. 

Q)  How many years of formation are there? 

A)  Currently it takes a minimum of 3 years of formation for a candidate to be allowed to take simple profession, and another 3 years to make final profession.  

Q)  Do Novices where a Habit?

A)  Novices receive a plain white tunic.  

On Community Life

Q)  How Frequently do Knights meet for prayer?

A)  The Rule outlines the frequency of common prayer for Knights.  The language of the rule envisions the daily common recitation of the Divine Office, especially the Hour of Vespers if this is possible.  If the closest Knight is a great distances away from the next member, or they have different work schedules outside of there control etc then it is not possible to recite it in common daily.  However, if the Knight or Novice must be always be willing to adjust those aspects of his life which he has control over to find time to pray the Office in Common when it is possible with other Knights.

Knights within  Commanderies (composed of no less than 3 Knights) should work together to create regular intervals at which they can recite the Divine Office together, attend Mass, retreats,attend spiritual conferences and perform good works together.  The greater the difficulty in obtaining this end, the greater the interval can be between these common good works.

Q)  What if there are no Knights near me at all?

A)  Then one must try to conform to the rule as best as they can with the assitance of their immediate superior, spiritual director, and confessor seeking out opportunities for common prayer, spiritual instruction, retreats and so forth with other devout Catholics.

Q)  Where are there Knights in the United States?

This map was last updated on January 13, 2018.  It does not include: Oblates, Novices, Dames, Chaplains or Friends of the Militia but only Professed Knights in the USA.  We also have professed Knights in Puerto Rico, and (temporarily) in Panama. (This also only shows a general area where a Knight is living not the actual address, to protect their privacy).