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The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem supports many charitable organizations across the nation and throughout the world. Listed below are some of these worthy charities. We encourage all members to give generously of their time and resources to these causes through the annual contribution to the Jerusalem Mite, which supports our work in the Holy Land, and through your support of different charitable efforts of your local Priory or Commandery.

The Autonomous Grand Priory of the United States of America (Our National Organization) provides direct significant financial contributions to the following organizations:

Donations to Support Maintenance of Holy Land Sites, Hospitals, and Schools

  • The Franciscans in the Holy Land

  • The Augusta Victoria Hospital, operated by the Lutheran Diocese of Jerusalem

  • The Anglican Diocese (to support St. George Cathedral and School) in Jerusalem

  • The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate

  • The Armenian Patriarchate to maintain many of the Old Quarter sites

  • The International Orthodox Christian Charities

Donations to Support Iraqi Christians at Risk

  • Facing extinction documentary

  • A Call to Action

Priories, Commanderies and Preceptories have all provided donations to support these charities and many other local charities, such as the Fisher Houses that assist families of wounded combat veterans who are visiting those veterans. Their members have also provided many hours of labor to Habitat for Humanity projects across the country, and have supported international relief efforts with both donations and personal involvement of our medical professionals in Doctors Without Borders projects.

Recently, Holy Isle donated to Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization provides a safe, relaxing, and peaceful place for Veterans with special needs and disabilities to receive the benefits of therapeutic riding and equine-related activities. To date, they have provided over 3000 therapeutic rides at no cost.

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