The Catholic military orders, or as there sometimes known, the chivalric orders, have always held a certain fascination for me.
It could be the fact that I spent 23 years in the military, or the fact that I am a history buff, or maybe it’s just the satisfaction I get from defending people, institutions and ideals that are close to my heart, such as my country and Church. What was once a fascination might now be a calling since I’ve left the service because members of these orders seem to live by the same values I did while I was in the military and I find that very appealing.
At the present time, there seem to be only two chivalric orders left in the Church, the Order of the Holy Sepulcher and the Knights Of Malta. Both of these organisations boast quite a well known and rather famous roster of Catholic men, both are relatively small and worst of all, for me anyway, is that you must know someone who is willing to sponsor you in order to join. Well, I don’t know anyone in either of these two fine orders.
I was thinking about writing to these orders to explain my desire to them and maybe there is another way in.