Knights of God Apostolic

Chapel You can be a knight of Christ's Mercy and you don't need to be of royal blood.

It is a little known fact that there have been Orders of Knighthood that did not require royal blood for many centuries. Many of these Religious Orders of Chivalry are in existence today. They tend to be difficult to get initiated into. Many of these Religious Military Orders of Chivalry have their origins in the medieval Catholic Church. A few examples of these Catholic Orders are:

The Order of the Knights Templar, founded in 1118 and confirmed by Pope Honorius II in 1123 The Knights Hospitalers (Also known as the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Of Rhodes And of Malta; Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem: Order of the Knights of Rhodes and other names over the centuries)


Vatican Orders of Knighthood:

Metropolitan Archbishop David L. Cooper prelate of sacred magistery during a knighting Other true Orders of Knighthood include:

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Archbishop David Cooper

These are not fraternal organizations but are true Orders of Knighthood. Many of them exist today. Some of them are purely awarded by the Pope--not the Vatican.

Currently, there are bishops and archbishops that are Priors or Grand Priors of Orders of Knighthood. We know that Christ's priesthood is a "royal priesthood" from the Bible. Real Bishops carry a historically traceable unbroken lineage from the Holy Apostles of Christ. Historically, bishops have appointed their captains of the guard and controlled knights.

Historically, Religious Military Orders were completely independent of the secular royal houses in many cases.

It is evident that a valid Bishop of God can establish and name a Religious Military Order of Chivalry. This is what we have done. We have instituted this upon the ancient and well established authority of a Bishop of the Holy Church--who with his brother bishops--carries the nearly 2,000 year old Apostolic Succession.


Our Orders of Knighthood

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  • The Third Order of the Lion of Styria
  • The Knights of God, Apostolic
  • The Archbishop's Guard of St. Sebastian, Third Order
  • The Third Order of St. Michael the Archangel, Servant of God
Grand Council of the Sacred Magistery of the Archdiocese of Religious Military Orders of Chivalry

Additionally, I am looking for several council members for the Grand Council of the Sacred Majistery of the Archdiocese of Religious Military Orders of Chivalry. It is open to any individual who is presently a member of any of our orders. It is a life appointment. A medal will be issued with a certificate. No other medals of this type will ever be issued. Only 13 of this type were made.

The archdiocesan council is the Grand Council of the Sacred Magistery of the Archdiocese of Religious Military Orders of Chivalry. It also includes the Knights of God Apostolic, the Archbishop's Guard of St. Sebastian and the Third Order of the Lion of Styria. There are 7 honorary officers of that counci:

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  1. Grand Chancellor (Vacant)
  2. Bailif and Protector of the Orders (Sir David Tate, OLS);
  3. Marshal (Vacant);
  4. Prince Stan Brandenburg, KTGA, Deacon
  5. Sergeant; (Brother Armen Gharapetian, OLS, AGSB)
  6. Standard Bearer; (Vacant) and
  7. Magistral Delegate (Father Jeffrey Dire, KTGA)
  8. The Archbishop's Guard of St. Sebastian, Third Order
  9. The Knights of God, Apostolic

These members of the council advise the Metropolitan Archbishop and monitor moral purity in the orders.


Featured Members:

Sir David Tate, OLS, KCTJ, KstG, PGK

David Tate

  • Sir David Tate, OLS, KCTJ, KstG, PGK
  • Knight Commander, Third Order of the Lion of Styria, SOC EACS
  • Bailiff, Grand Council of the Sacred Magistery, Archdiocese of the Military Religious Order of Chivlary, SOC EACS
  • Knight Commander, Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
  • Knight, of the International Order Valiant of St. George
  • Past Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus
  • Diocesan Director, Knights of Columbus of Indiana
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Father Jeffrey Dire, KTGA

Father Jeffrey Dire

  • Father Jeffrey Dire, KTGA
  • Priest, SOC EACS
  • Our Lady of the Angels
  • Mass Center
  • Brookdale, IL
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Deacon Stanley Brandenburg, KTGA

Deacon Stan Brandenburg

  • Deacon Stanley Brandenburg, KTGA
  • Charitable Missions, SOC EACS
  • Philippines

Brother Rowlands, OSM, OLS


Archbishop David L. Cooper

Special Notice

We have received an invitation to participate in the 7th Annual Grand Marian Procession sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and their related organization Queen of Angels Foundation.

Numerous RC knights will be there including papal orders and the KOC. We plan to attend the Procession and the Benediction. We will send a delegation of knights of the Third Order of the Lion of Styria as well as the Knights of God, Apostolic. Currently, our delegation will include the brother knights, a priest, and myself. If any of you would like to participate, please contact me ASAP.

If you have not yet joined the OLS or KTGA, I am now offering facilitated membership so that you may participate in this huge event involving thousands of faithful dedicated to the Blessed Mother.

For those of you who want to travel into Los Angeles, I suggest that you make your air travel arrangements soon. The Grand Marian Procession will be on August 26, 2017.

Our prayers and blessings are with you all! Join us for a spiritually uplifting event for the Blessed Mother.

Blessings Abundant,

+++David Leon Cooper, OMM, KTGA
Metropolitan Archbishop
Spiritual Grandmaster, OLS