Jacques DeMolay

Jacques DeMolay, the namesake of our organization, was the last Grand Master of the historic Order of the Temple. These knights, also known as the Templars, served as protectors of pilgrims traveling to and from the Holy Lands. The Templars were both wealthy and influential, which drew the attention of Philip the Fourth, the King of France, who became envious. He drafted up charges of sacrilege, or heresy against the church, and ordered the arrest of all Templars in France.


Jacques DeMolay and several officers of the Order of the Temple were jailed and tortured for more than seven years. They repeatedly refused to turn over the Templars’ wealth or to reveal the names of their fellow knights who had managed to escape arrest. Despite several attempts to persuade DeMolay to betray his brothers, he stood true to his beliefs. Ultimately, this led to DeMolay sacrificing himself to save his comrades, as he and a companion who stood by his side were burned at the stake on March 18, 1314. This example of comradeship and fidelity are just two of the virtues the Order of DeMolay teaches.


Frank S. Land

In January of 1919, Frank S. Land, the future Founder of DeMolay, was introduced to a young man named Louis Lower. Louis’s father had passed away and he was in need of a job. Frank took him under his wing and hired Louis to work for him at the Scottish Rite Temple. In February, Frank had the inspiration to start a club for Louis and eight of his friends, which would meet at the Temple. These nine men are the original nine members of the Order of DeMolay.


When it came time to find a name for this club, Frank shared many stories with the young men of inspirational martyrs after whom they could name their group. The story that the young men enjoyed the most was the one of Jacques DeMolay; they recognized him for his heroism, loyalty, and courage. On March 24, 1919, the Order of DeMolay was officially found in Kansas City, Missouri. The history of DeMolay has continued for more than 100 years, now an international organization meeting in more than 25 countries.

100 Years of DeMolay

In 2019, DeMolay International celebrated 100 years of leadership and service to young men across the world. In 2023, Pennsylvania DeMolay celebrates our own centennial. The first induction ceremony took place in Pittsburgh on February 12, 1923. Just two days later, another group of young men joined the Order in Philadelphia. Since then, hundreds of Chapters and thousands of young men have been a part of Pennsylvania DeMolay’s history.


Ralph Minehart, known among his peers in DeMolay as Uncle Ralph, founded DeMolay in Pennsylvania after a few years of interest. The Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania helped launch DeMolay and served as an early supporter of Chapters throughout the Commonwealth. Minehart also served as the first Executive Officer for Pennsylvania DeMolay. 

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What information does this site collect?

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How does the DeMolay use the information it collects?

The anonymous information collected is used to monitor the usage of this Web site and the interests of those who use it. Data such as the volume of traffic to the server, the number of visitors a certain section of the site receives each month, or the most popular search terms are analyzed to derive general statistics about the site’s reach and the audience’s usage patterns.

Personally identifiable information is used only for the express purpose for which it was submitted. For example, if a user enters their contact information to be contacted in order to possibly join DeMolay, the information will be used only to contact the user for the purposes of joining DeMolay.

With whom does the DeMolay share the information that is collected?

DeMolay does not share personally identifiable information about its web site visitors with anyone other than those deemed necessary for the purpose of the form.

Reports, statistics, and other analysis of aggregate anonymous information may be shared within the organization or provided to third parties at the sole discretion of DeMolay. This information does not include any personally identifiable information.

Exception: DeMolay reserves the right to use all information at its disposal and to share this information with ISPs and other third parties as necessary to investigate any incident of misuse or abuse of its site, server, or information systems.

How does DeMolay maintain the information it collects?

In most cases, personally identifiable information is not maintained. Once it has been used for its intended purpose, it is deleted. Because of the brevity of this interval, no mechanism is provided to enable users to alter or delete information they have submitted.

How does DeMolay comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998?

This legislation applies only to Web sites of a commercial nature. However, DeMolay considers it to provide sound advice for any Web site that is intended for use by children.

Therefore, DeMolay does not use its Web site to collect any personally identifiable information from children under 13 years of age. Any input form that requests personally identifiable information that appears on an interface that is expected to be viewed by children under 13 years of age is accompanied by a notice that submissions cannot be accepted from users under 13 years of age. Where “age” or “date of birth” is requested, no information will be stored or transmitted unless the response indicates that the user is 13 years of age or older.

Providing personal information is never a prerequisite for accessing any of the content or resources on this Web site. Specifically, refusal to provide personal information via a Web interface will never result in a user being denied access to any on-line content or resource he would be able to access were the information submitted.

We may modify this privacy policy and will post those changes here. If the privacy policy changes in the future, we will not any personal information you have submitted to us under the current Privacy Policy in a manner that is materially inconsistent with this Privacy Policy, without your prior consent.

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