The Young Knights and Maids of Errantry is a Roman Catholic organization for young people ages 7-17 who desire to be True and Chivalric Knights dedicated to the service of the Lord. According to their understanding and ablility to serve, their purpose is to defend the lives of all people, born and unborn, to help and protect the innocent who are violated, abused, and neglected, to go to the aid of those in distress and despair, and to seek justice for all by peaceful means. They are a voice in defense of those who are ill, who have a disability, or who are defenseless. They are advocates of all those whose lives are threatened by others. With a spirit of love and concern, they are committed to this cause. Therefore, the Young Knights and Maids of Errantry possess a dedication that encourages them to pray;
"Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve You as You desire, to love and not to hate another, to give and not to count the cost, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward except to know that I do your will."
(prayer adapted from the Prayer of Ignatius of Loyola)
This is the Quest of the Young Knights and Maids who venture into the known and unknown, to make possible what seems impossible, and to battle with courage the Dragons afflicting humanity.
Both males and females are included when speaking or writing of Knights of Errantry, Young Knights of Errantry, Knights Errant, and similar terms used in this website. With this understanding, the term Knights and Maids of Errantry is often abbreviated to Knights of Errantry or Knights Errant.
KNIGHTS AND MAIDS OF ERRANTRY
When a Young Knight or Maid reaches the age of 18, he or she becomes a full Knight Errant, able to lead others in the quest and in living the oath.
Knights and Maids of Errantry serve out of love. Love is not a feeling, or an emotion, or something from a romantic novel. Love is doing good. It is doing the right thing no matter how hard it is to do, and many times a maid or a knight does not feel like doing anything. Love is measured by what is done for others, not by how a person feels about doing it. When Francis of Assisi was a knight, he had a great fear of and dislike for lepers. However, one day he met a leper on the road and suddenly recognized the humanity of the poor victim of this horrible skin disease. Francis dismounted from his horse and kissed the leper, not because he felt like it, but because it was a sign of compassion for, love of, and solidarity with the leper. From that point on, Francis's previously self-centered life became centered in caring for others. In other words, he became a knight who loved.
I WILL SERVE
Lord, I will serve as a True and Chivalric Knight. By the power of Your Grace, I will defend the right to life for all people, born and unborn, help and protect the innocent who are violated, abused, and neglected, aid those in distress and despair, and comfort the afflicted.