In March of 2009 Tau Tia L Douglass, formed Ordo Infinitus Orbis, as a way to bring the Gnostic teachings more out into the public consciousness. At first the lowest grade of the Order was more open and accepted anyone who wished to apply, as it was seen that anyone who is seeking Gnosis, should be allowed to find it. It however led to trouble and it was decided that the door to the Order and the secret teachings therein would be closed and not made available to the public.
In March 2011 however, it was decided that a more structured course should be developed so that those wishing to, could apply to and become a Priest/ess in their own right. The Church of St Mary & St John was formed, along with the Temple of Theola. Not only training people in esoteric subjects in a more exoteric way, it will also give them, after the first six Orders of the Church, a chance to become a member of Ordo Infinitus Orbis proper, as they progress to the higher major Orders.
In 2011 OIO (Ordo Infinitus Orbis) added - Knights Hospitallar Templar to its name, in remembrance of the Gnostic Templars murdered by the Roman Catholic Church for heresy. In the OIO-KHT Constitutional Charter it makes mention of the secret and true herstory of the Templars, which the Order claims ancestral lineages back to.
An Outer Order of the OIO-KHT was formed in the name - The International Priory of Knights Hospitaller Templar, which is open for anyone to apply to join. Although being a companion member of the Outer Order does not require you undertake any training in esoteric studies, it is more a group to discuss ideas about making better safer communities through their various charitable pursuits.
St Mary and John the Baptist as St John.