Christian men who join the organisation are called "Sir Knight" with the republican honorific of Chevalier and females are termed "Dames" with the republican honorific of Chevaleresse (or Chevalière). A secular-military order of chivalry, the organization operates as a modern day network of educated professionals. As of August 2007, the organization had approximately 5,200 members.
In 2001, the Order was accredited by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a Non-Governmental Organisation. The Order, also an ecumenical Christian and humanitarian organisation, is an associate member of the International Peace Bureau, founded by Alfred Nobel in 1891, and an affiliate of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy.
The central figure behind the Order's revival was Bernard-Raymond Fabre-Palaprat, a French physician who took a keen interest in the history of the medieval Knights Templar. In 1805, he re-organized the Templar Order and proclaimed himself the Grand Master. This new organization was fairly well-accepted in the occult sub-culture and even Napoleon showed interest.