My Templar Journey
I live in the State of Idaho and my journey started around 2015 as my interest in the Knights Templar grew as I enjoy history and much about that period in time. I collected various items from that time period (armor, shields, swords, as well as clothing). I also felt the need to serve grow within me and wanted to find an Order.
After looking around, I came across an international organization and joined them in 2016 and became a Sir Knight and served in that Order from 2016-2018. But that Order didn't fulfill the need for fellowship or brotherhood and wasn't doing much in the United States. So I began searching for another Order, which lead me to OSMTJ-USA, which stands for "Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem" in French.
This Order offered much in what I was looking for, so I joined in December 2018 and brought many other members with me, thus making a new home with OSMTJ-USA.
I was knighted to the rank of Knight Commander on June 29, 2019, at the annual Conclave in Canaan, CT, and on July 28, 2019, the King David Priory was formed. The states of Idaho, Nevada and Arizona comprise the King David Priory. Much work went into the creation of the new Priory and I was promoted to Master Commander at that time. After meeting the requirements of leading a Priory for a year, I was promoted to the new rank of Prior on July 1, 2020.
Part of me serving the Order has been in recruiting and promoting the Order on social media. It has been a blessing to see members I helped join the Order from around the nation and grow within the order. It was also a great joy to do a public outreach at a local fair in September 2019 with my wife and member Lady Renee Nordio. It has been an honor for us both to serve in the Order together. In 2022 the Order became GPMTJ (Grand Priory of the Military of the Temple of Jerusalem), I became part of the Order's Graphic and Video team. On March 26, 2022, I was appointed to the position of National Video Director.
During my time with GPMTJ, I met many wonderful members from across the nation, serving our Lord and the Order, united in brotherhood.
On June 25, 2022, my Templar journey changed and moved my Priory to OMSDT (Ordre Militaire Suprême Des Templiers) and took on the role of becoming their Grand Seneschal. I served as Grand Seneschal from June 25 to Sept 20, 2022, when I had the honor of becoming the Order's Grand Prior on September 20, 2022.
I am humbled and it's an honor to serve as Grand Prior. I will do my best to serve this Order and God. I embrace the Templar spirit and will also honor the history of the Templars.
I believe this Order is more aligned with my vision and goals to better serve God and honor our Templar history. I'm excited to be a part of the growth of this Order, as we serve the Lord in the Templar spirit. I would welcome you to join the Order to begin your Templar journey and share the path with us in OMSDT.
Grand Prior Derek Nordio
Knighting ceremony in Canaan, CT June 29, 2019
OMSDT's Grand Master Rick Trujillo & Grand Prior Derek Nordio back in year 2019 when I was knighted.
Sir Derek Nordio
"Non nobis Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam." meaning in English, "Not to us Lord, not to us, but to Your Name give the glory." Psalm 115:1
"A man after God's own heart." 1 Samuel 13:14
King David priory website: https://www.kingdavidpriory.org/