Apostolic Religious Order
The Third Order of the Lion of Styria (OLS) is an apostolic religious order of chivalry under the protection of the Metropolitan See. The Spiritual Grandmaster and patron bishop is +David Leon Cooper, Metropolitan Archbishop.
The OLS is open to Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and members of other conservative apostolic churches. Members must vow to support the traditional morality common to the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Both men and women may become members. Men are knights and women styled dames. Both are considered "Religious." It is an "Apostolic Order of Chivalry" and religious order.
Members are allowed to choose their own "good works." They select their own charitable activities and prayer life in serving Jesus Christ. Signed vows are necessary to enter. Either the Secular Grandmaster or the Spiritual Grandmaster may receive brother knights or sister dames. Women are received as a Dame Grand Cross and are referred to as "Lady." Men are called "Brother" and may use the title Don, Sir, Dom or the German equivalent.
Archdiocese of Religious Military Orders of Chivalry:
The ecclesiastical jurisdiction including the Knights of God and the Third Order of the Lion of Styria. It is an archbishopric under the Metropolitan Archdiocese as the titular see of occupied North Cyprus and Ayia Anastasia, the desecrated church. It was founded November 2, 2002 by Patriarch Alexis I (+George A. Bussmann, SGS) as a diocese. +David Leon Cooper was appointed to that see at that time. The OLS was added on May 1, 2010.
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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.
+++David Leon Cooper, OMM, KTGA
Spiritual Grandmaster, OLS