Knights Templar

Knights Templar

is by far the most visible arm of the York Rite. Whether they be participating in parades, church services, or doing good works in the local community, the white plume and dark uniform of a Knight Templar is an unmistakable symbol of one of the most active branches of Freemasonry.

Grand Commander's Welcome

Sir Knight John Habel , Right Eminent Grand Commander, welcomes you to the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania. You will find information about the Knights Templar and about our over 200 years in Pennsylvania. We are located in the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, PA.

Easter Sunrise Service

A celebration of faith by hundreds of Knights Templars from across the country at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.

Kinghts Templar Eye Foundation

Since its inception, the Foundation has expended over $140 million on research, patient care, and education. Research grants totaling in excess of $23 million have been awarded to researchers working in the fields of pediatric ophthalmology and ophthalmic genetics.

Join Us

Want to be a member of the Knights Templar and be a part of an outstanding group serving your community?

Grand Commander's Message

  • It is with humility and pride that I enter into the Office of Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania. Little did I realize on July 22, 1972 when I joined McKeesport Commandery No. 86 that I would attain this high office.  It has been a long journey, but it has been a journey of love.

    My theme for this year is “Our Journey Begins with Prayer”, for no undertaking should begin without prayer.  Please notice that I said “Our Journey” not “My Journey”.  We are in this together.  The success of Templary depends on all of us working together.

    I have three goals this year.  First to endow the Holy Land Pilgrimage, second that each Knight Templar become an organ donor, and third to renew our interest in drill and tactics.  You will be receiving more information on these topics in the future.

    This year, as always, there are various Templary activities scheduled throughout the state.  I am hoping that you will be able to attend at least one of the activities. There we can discuss your views on Templary and you can offer suggestions on how we may improve.  Your opinions are very important to me.

    If invited, I will visit your Commandery for an evening of fun and fellowship.  It will not be for an inspection, an inspection is one of the duties of a Division Commander.  It will be a time when we can meet and discuss your thoughts and concerns.

    Together we can build on the progress of my predecessors and help our Grand Commandery grow.