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The Family Tree - August/September 2003
Budingen International Templar Convent

What a great trip!  We made history!  It was the largest gathering of Templar Knights & Dames in over 700 Years!  Thought you might like a few pics.  When Dina & Tor show us how, we are going to put all of the pictures up on a Photo Galery so anyone can see them (and we won't be putting them down anyone's throats).  The Holy Rood, and Jacques de Molay were well represented and noted at the convent.  We had the largest delegation and, of course, had three (3) lassies dubbed as Dames.  You will see the actual dubbing of one of them.  In the Red Hat is Arch Bishop Groce (Wash. D. C.)  At the far right is Arch Bishop Youman (Lutheran - Palestine).  Un-hatted with back to wall on the left is Cannon White (from office of Arch Bishop of Canterbury) who lives in Bagdad & Jerusalem.  Also in gold and behind the cameraman is Rev. Father Vasko of Jerusalem.  With the black hair in the center,of course, is Princess Elizabeth Ysenberg in whose castles the affair took place. (Her husband's father, Count Otto Ysenberg was one of the 5 who plotted the assasination of Hitler.  3 were killed summarily.  Rommel was permitted to commit suicide, but Otto told Hitler he could hide in Budingen and was permitted to live.  Otto had his fingers crossed behind his back as he gave full aide and assistance to the British & Americans as they approached Frankfurt and thus Budingen was spared the destruction of other areas.)  Another pic is of me with the Priory Banner processing (there were very few Priory banners, so we were notedl)  The pic of Pat in front of the alter also shows GP Pat Rae with Cannon White.  The other pic of Pat is with Prince Ali Seraj of Aftghanistan.  He is a real character (if there were 100 more like him, there would be no Mid-East crisis).  He is a Templar, i.e. Christian, and was the person Doug Talley worked with on the childrens school supplies.  Pat & I really liked this fellow.  I didn't get a pic of the Ethiopian Prince, who has been the contact for all of the medical supplies for his country.  He is a Muslim, and thus not a Templar, but just a genuine likeable person.

Here are just a few shots of the great evening at Princess E's Ronnenber Castle showing the only utensil provided, the room, the serving "Wenches", and the wandering minstrels.  The beer was absolutely the best.  The wine was also served in the clay tankards.


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