News from the Knights.

New Chaplain: Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap.

posted Apr 8, 2017, 9:17 AM by Noah Moerbeek

Dear brothers, sisters, and friends of the Militia Templi North American Preceptory:

Pax vobis! It is my honor and joy to introduce you to the newest chaplain of the Militia Templi, Fr.Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap. Father Tuscan was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1967 and raised in Canton. He entered Borromeo Seminary in 1986 where he earned his bachelor's degree in Behavioral Sciences and philosophy in 1989. In 1990 he took first vows in the Capuchin Franciscan Order numbering more than 10,000 members worldwide. He entered the Order in the Province of St. Augustine which has its mother house in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He took perpetual vows in 1993. He earned his master's degree in theology at the Washington Theological Union in 1995 and was ordained to the priesthood in Pittsburgh at St. Augustine Church in 1997, by Donald Cardinal Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington DC. His first assignment after ordination to the priesthood was on the remote Pacific island of New Guinea where he served for four years as a missionary priest. Returning to the United States in 2001, Fr. Joseph has served in various capacities as parochial vicar, military and hospital chaplain, formation of students for the priesthood and pastor. He currently serves on the "preaching band" of his Province giving parish and other retreats. This is the oldest ministry of The Franciscan Order going back 800 years to St. Francis of Assisi who was himself a traveling preacher. Fr. Joseph also serves for laity and religious as a spiritual director. More recently, Fr. Tuscan spent the past year assigned to the Capuchin Custody of St. John the Baptist, in Puerto Rico, where he provided an invaluable service to Una Voce Puerto Rico in its efforts to promote and defend the Traditional Latin Mass apostolate. He also acted as chaplain for the Missionary Sisters of Charity in the Diocese of Mayaguez; as well as taking care of the spiritual needs of military personnel and their families at USCG Air Station Punta Borinquen in the city of Aguadilla. He is very much loved and respected by his Puerto Rican Una Voce flock for his paternal care and his fidelity, courage, and determination in defending our Holy Faith. I consider him an exemplary priest and a Godsend to all of us who've had the grace to meet and work with him. 

Please join me in welcoming Fr. Tuscan among our midst. God bless you all!

dom. Edgardo Cruz


Letter Concerning General Chapter 2016

posted Jan 8, 2017, 12:53 PM by Noah Moerbeek

Dear Friends,

At the bottom of the page attached is a full letter concerning the General Chapter held in Italy for the Poor Knights.

The following is a summary of the letter:

The Militia Templi held a General Chapter October 30 of 2016.The Grandmaster spoke about the need of forming our Novices with great attention to our Rule. To address his concern upon returning home the preceptory gave 9 conferences on the Rule given at our Novice Retreat December 3rd (available on our YouTube Channel).

The Knights have a new Preces to say after Lauds and Vespers (available here).

All knights are instructed to revisit basic Catechetical instruction, the Catechism of St. Pius X was suggested. The Grand Chaplain would also like the Knights to study the Life of St. Thomas More. The Preceptories youtube channel was praised, we were encouraged to add more, make playlists and work with Priests for our content.

Clarifications were made in regards to the Chapter of Faults, and what actions of discipline can be taken against a member.

The Magistral Legate cannot be a Commander, because of a conflict of interest this would cause with him being president of the Preceptorial Tribunal.

It is the expectation of our superiors that we hold a Preceptorial Chapter every year.

The Grandmaster, Don. Andrea, and dom. Lorenzo sent their prayers, greeting and affection to all of the brothers of the Preceptory.

General Chapter October 30

posted Oct 15, 2016, 7:36 PM by Noah Moerbeek   [ updated Oct 15, 2016, 7:39 PM ]

This October 30, 2015 there will be a General Chapter for the Militia Templi at the Magistral See. Dom. Noah Moerbeek will be representing the North American Preceptory at the Chapter. Please see the attached documentation for details provided by dom. Lorenzo and translated and edited by our Novice Matthew and dom. Jason.

New Constitutions Available in English

posted Sep 9, 2016, 9:13 PM by North American Preceptory Militia Templi

Praise be to Jesus Christ! With great joy I present to you the New Constitutions translated
into English.  These Constitutions where written at a General Chapter of the Poor Knights in 2011, and approved by His Grace, Msgr. Buoncristiani in 2015.  You can read more and see his decree here.

The reader will observe that the Constitutions have many  references to specific sections of canon law next to different rules that show canonical footing on which this association rests on. Article III and Article IV are very important to understanding the aims of the Militia and these sections should guide all the activities of the association. Article XI states: “All Association members are bound to be faithful to the ideals, principles, the lifestyle and the Association's norms in relation to their position and responsibilities covered in the same,” this is important to understanding that our duties extend beyond ideals, or goals but under that of an obligation and that faithfulness to these duties will alter our lifestyles in a radical way.  To those discerning a vocation a careful reading of these sections is most important. 

Also, Article XXVII reminds us that not every matter is going to be covered by the Constitutions and that we should obey the spirit and tradition of the association. Those who are interested in reading more about specifics about the brotherhood should check the section of the website Our Holy Rules and Documents.

Below the Constitutions are attached. 

A Letter from the Grandmaster

posted Jun 26, 2016, 2:28 PM by North American Preceptory Militia Templi   [ updated Jun 26, 2016, 2:29 PM ]

The letter attached below is also available in our section of our website Our Holy Rule and Document.  It addresses the Militia as a whole, but in particular the Knightly Members, both professed and novices.  Those discerning joining the brotherhood would do well to read, study and evaluate the letter so that they may see if  the duties and nature of the brotherhood is what God is calling them to. 

It is the intention of this Preceptory of the Militia Templi to study and put into practice of this letter.  So that by being faithful to our Rule and way of life we may store up treasure in the kingdom of heaven and enjoy an abundance of peace. All those who wish to join us for a life of  zeal and toil under this way of life should contact us at

Alleluia! Installation Ceremony for Novices and Oblates on Easter

posted Apr 2, 2016, 10:36 AM by North American Preceptory Militia Templi   [ updated Apr 2, 2016, 7:07 PM ]

In Puerto Rico on the feast of the solemnity of solemnities, the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, dom. Edgardo Cruz CPMO on behalf of the North American Preceptory was happy to perform the admission ceremony for novices Alexander Toledo and his wife Joeleen Atiles and oblate María del Carmen Chévere-Santos.

Please pray for strength for our brother Alexander and our sisters Joeleen and Maria. 

Novice: Alexander Toledo

Novice: Joeleen Atiles

Husband and Wife.


Oblate:  María del Carmen Chévere-Santos

"But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved." St. Matt 24:13

May God Strengthen them unto life everlasting!

33 Days of Prayer in Honor of St. Galgano's 33 Years of Life

posted Nov 1, 2015, 2:22 PM by Noah Moerbeek   [ updated Nov 1, 2015, 2:34 PM ]

Starting this November 1st we invite all members of the North American Preceptory, our friends and benefactors to join us in honoring the 33 years of life of our Patron St. Galgano.  St. Galgano was after his death and for hundred of years afterwards known as a great wonder working Saint.  The extent of his powerul intercession was well known and documented.  You can learn more about it by listening to Chapter 12 and 13 of his life here on Audiobook.

Taking our inspiration from the well known Novena in honor of the Little Flower St. Therese which consists of 24 Gloria's with an invocation of St. Therese pray for us in honor of the 24 years of her life, members are encouraged to say a similar chaplet in honor of St. Galgano.

Which consists in saying 33 times:
By the sign of the holy Cross, deliver us from our enemies, O our God.
Per signum Crucis de inimicis nostris libera nos, Deus noster.

This prayer is taken from the Roman Breviary

Which after each invocation saying:
Saint Galgano, pray for us
San Galgano, ora pro nobis

After completing the 33 invocations to the Holy Cross end with a prayer to St. Michael.

The prayer to the Holy Cross was chosen for Saint Galganos adoration of the Holy Cross in the wilderness once he became a hermit, God also protected him when lax clerics attempted to murder him.  When his enemies did not find him for he was making a piligramiage to Rome they destroyed his hermitage and the sword that was in the stone which he used for a Cross to adore.  God harshly punished the wicked men and the sword was later reformed by God in a miracle at the prayer of St. Galgano.

The prayer to St. Michael is in reference to the fact that it was St. Michael who St. Galgano had dreams and visions of and in a way recruited him to the heavenly Militia to serve God as a penitent. 

The North American Preceptory has need of many things: Spiritual Directors for our Knights and Novices, more vocations to establish commanderies, divine aid in obtaining retreat masters for 5 day Ignatian retreats, patience and health to brothers suffering from illness, an increase of all virtues, gifts and fruits of the Holy Ghost.  
Please join us in praying to Saint Galgano for all of our needs, that he might obtain from us that heavenly benediction which will grant us the things we need for the Glory of God and the salvation of souls. 

Militia Templi Receives Approval for Updated Constitutions

posted Sep 24, 2015, 6:02 PM by Noah Moerbeek

The Constitution of the Militia Templi approved by the General Chapter of the Poor Knights in the year 2011 has been approved by the Archbishop of Siena, His Grace, Msgr. Buoncristiani.    

The Militia Templi was formed civilly and with the approval of the local ordinary on September 21st in 1979.  Our initial constitutions were approved by Archibishop of Siena Mario Jsmaele Castellano on September 8, 1988.  The Rule of of the Poor Knights was approved by the next Archbishop, Gaetano Bonicelli in 1990 (and is available here).

Attached below is the letter from His Grace.

Our Patron: St. Galgano and the Sword in the Stone

posted Dec 2, 2014, 6:38 AM by Noah Moerbeek   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 12:25 PM ]

Saint Galgano is one of the Patrons of the Militia Templi.  His life and sanctity is intimately connected with The story of the True Sword in the Stone.  After having lived a sinful and worldly life, he was converted through a vision he had in a dream of St. Michael the Archangel.  He changed his life, shortly thereafter in another vision of St. Michael he was instructed to go live and do harsh penance on a mountain. Various obstacles happened in his way and he did not go, one day while riding past the mountain he was suppose to live on his horse would not move, but was stopped by the hand of God. 

Realizing that he had resisted Gods call he was moved to tears and begged forgiveness. St. Michael once again appeared to him, and told him to go to the Mountain and do penance.  Upon climbing up the mountain, he despaired and cried aloud  “Ah, but I could more easily plunge my sword into this stone, than obtain forgiveness for my many sins.”  Then he thrust his sword into the rock, and it entered as easy as a hot knife through butter.

There is a lot more to his story, and to find out more please listen to the Audiobook available for free here, or purchase the book available here, to find out more about his incredible life.  This is the first translation of his life into English and was translated by Ryan Grant of Mediatrix Press, in a joint project between him and dom. Noah Moerbeek CPMO who runs Alleluia Audiobooks, a free Catholic Audiobook Apostolate.

Ryan contacted dom. Noah to thank him for a book review he had done of a latin and english stations of the cross devotional.  They soon became friends and dom. Noah suggested hiring him to do a translation of his life from 1835, so that the brothers of the Militia Templi he spoke english could know more about him and so he could do an Audiobook through his apostolate Alleluia Audiobooks.

Both Ryan and dom. Noah will be on Shield of Faith with Matthew Arnold on Radio Maria to talk about St. Galgano and the sword in the Stone, Dec 2, 2014, for information on tuning in click here.  If you missed the show it will be uploaded to the archives here

It is our hope that this work will do more than encourage the brothers of the Militia, but that it will encourage all Christians to lead a life of penance, to see the sword in the stone not as a symbol of Camelot, but as a sign of the ease at which God forgives our sins, and that the Burden of Christ is easy and his yoke is light, and that the sword of the Gospel will always rest and be united with the Rock that is the Church. 

Saint Galgano, pray for us!

Novena to our Holy Father Saint Bernard 2014

posted Aug 10, 2014, 7:39 PM by Noah Moerbeek   [ updated Aug 12, 2014, 9:03 AM ]

The North American Preceptory of the Poor Knights of Christ will be praying a novena to our spiritual father and patron St Bernard of Clairvaux August 11th - 19th.

The illustrious St Bernard is a Spiritual Father to the ancient Order of the Knights Templar.  One of the more overlooked facts about St Bernard was the fact he was a powerful wonderworker.  He performed so many miracles when he was preaching the 2nd crusade that his chroniclers could not write them all down!  If you are interested in hearing about some of the more incredible miracles he worked during his life time, there is a free catholic audiobook available on the web here : St Bernard the Wonderworker. 

Here are also some collections of his homilies on audio, especially focusing on the Blessed Virgin Mary here and here

The Rule of the Modern Militia Templi is based off the ancient Rule written by St. Bernard, though adapted for modern times.  

We invite you to please join us in our novena to St Bernard of Clairvaux, that through his intercession before Christ our King, he might obtain for the Militia Templi a new Cardinal Protector, and that all Knights, Novices and all those who pledge themselves to the order of the Militia Templi will strive diligently to follow the precepts of our Holy Rule.  Also that St Bernard inclines the leaders to provide military aid to the persecuted Christians in Iraq. 

                                                        St Bernard of Clairvaux, Ora Pro Nobis! 

The Novena Prayer that the Militia Templi is using, to be said entirely each day for 9 days. 

Admirable St. Bernard, who, after having been the delight of your parents by the innocence of your manners, became the model of Religious by the austerity of your penances and the fervor of your piety; and who had also the happiness of drawing with you, to a life of holiness, your whole family and an infinite number of distinguished persons: obtain for us, of the Lord, the grace that we may correspond to the divine inspirations, and live up to the perfection of our state. 

Glory be, etc. 

2. Admirable St. Bernard, who, advancing in sanctity as you progressed in learning, practiced the most severe mortification of your senses, and conceived the deepest hatred for every kind of sin: obtain for us, of the Lord, the grace, by the practice of penance, always to mortify our unruly passions. 

Glory be, etc. 

3. Admirable St. Bernard, who, after founding many monasteries, and filling them with fervent and holy monks effected the greatest good by your counsel and advice; so that not only kings and princes, but bishops and popes applied to you to heal public discords and distresses: obtain for us, of the Lord, the grace to labor continually for His glory, and to walk so faithfully in the way of His precepts, that we may at all times merit His aid. 

Glory be, etc. 

4. Admirable St. Bernard, who, passing like an apostle through all the kingdoms of the West, carried to all peace and joy, deciding the most difficult questions, concluding the most complicated affairs, assisting at counsels, confuting errors, converting the most hardened sinners: obtain for us, of the Lord, the grace, that by our lives we may shed the odor of Jesus around, and have, like you, a lively faith and an ardent love for the Most Holy Eucharist, the greatest and the most precious treasure of Christianity. 

Glory be, etc. 

5. Admirable St. Bernard, who, notwithstanding your numberless occupations, your continual journeys, and your delicate health, never ceased your meditations, your prayers, and your penances; who, not content to announce the word of God by your voice, also composed most valuable works, for which you have merited the glorious titles of Doctor and Father of the Church; and who, by your beautiful writings for her glory, promoted devotion to Mary: obtain for us, of the Lord, the grace of perseverance till death, in all the practices of piety and penance suitable to our state, and always to breathe the most fervent devotion to our Mother Mary. 

Glory be, etc

Nihl Obstat
Remy Lafort

John M. Farley
Archbishop of New York 1904

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