The Knights of St. Andrew consists of a unit of dedicated Scottish Rite Masons.
The Knights of St. Andrew exist as a service organization on behalf of all members of their Consistory. They are under the immediate supervision of the Secretary of their Scottish Rite Consistory and provide services where they are needed. This includes, but not limited to, aiding the Tylers, acting as greeters, providing escort services for dignitaries or for special events created for the ladies during reunions or other functions, serving as guides, assisting the Scottish degree work, and helping present the Colors. Knights of St. Andrew also assist in the calling committees, participate in parades or civic activities, promote fund-raising events, and aid in any special event.
Who are the Knights of Saint Andrew?
Membership in KSA is limited to Masters of the Royal Secret (32°) who are members of the Shreveport Valley in good standing. Those who have been honored with the Knight Commander Court of Honor (32° KCCH) or coroneted with the Inspector General Honorary (33°) are not eligible for membership. Those who have been honored with the 32° KCCH or coroneted with the 33° who were members of the KSA while a 32° are emeritus members of the KSA.
How did the Knights of Saint Andrew start?
The origins of the Order date back to the period of 1220-1232 AD, when a Confraternity was established in the City of Acre, of the then Crusader Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (occupying the same territory as the modern state of Israel) to protect pilgrims and merchants. This Confraternity, consisting of burgesses and knights of largely French heritage, met in the City’s Castle and chose the Holy Apostle, St. Andrew, as their Patron. They constituted themselves as a Crusading Order of Knights with the object of resisting tyranny and protecting public safety.
The modern KSA has become a group that exists throughout many Valleys nationwide. It started in the Valley of Guthrie Oklahoma, and was meant to provide a social and service setting for the newest Scottish Rite Masons.
Special Attire Distinguishes this Elite Group
The Knights of St. Andrew are identified by their uniform and regalia; often entering special events accompanied by bagpipes and drums, becoming the elite unit of all Scottish Rite Masons.
Carefully researched for authenticity, the 17th Century bonnet, with its cock feathers protruding from its Bonnet Badge will replace the conventional 32nd degree black hat. Membership is restricted to 32° Freemasons.
Current Officers of the Knights of St. Andrew for 2017 are as follows:
Knight Commander John Cunningham
Knight Warden Al Simms
Knight Captain Chris Cannon
Knight Steward/Treasurer Darin West