Part 10: The Order of St. John of Jerusalem

From these roots the Order began its dual mission of supporting hospitals and a military arm to protect pilgrims.  This mission quickly expanded with the parallel development of the Knights Templar and Teutonic Knights.

At the high tide of the Order’s presence in the Holy Lands, the Hospitallers, held 7 great fortifications and extensive land holdings in the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

The two major castles, being  “Krak des Chevaliers” considered the most formidable fortress in the East and  “Margat” both found in what is today Syria.

The fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem took 172 years.  The last great castle on the coast in the Holy Lands at Acre fell after  a terrible struggle in 1291.2

At the fall of Acre, the Grand Master of the Order and a handful of Knights were able to escape by sea to the Island of Cyprus. It was a great setback but a time of transition for the military orders.

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District Deputy Grand Master Saratoga-Warren District 1998-2000; Grand Lodge Leadership Services Committee; Leadership Development Course Coordinator; Vice Chairman Grand Master's Educational Task Force; Vice Chairman Grand Lodge Child ID Committee; District Deputy Grand High Priest 14th Capitular District; Grand Master of the 1st Veil 2010; Grand Master 2nd Veil 2011; Grand Master 3rd Veil 2012 Grand Royal Arch Captain 2013 Grand Principal Sojourner 2014 Grand Captain of the Host 2015 Warren County Historical Society Board of Trustees; Queensbury Masonic Historical Society Charter Member; State Chairman Lodges & Buildings Committee Deputy Grand Master's Advisory Committee
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