annual meeting

General Events

All-member Business Meeting

Year in review update from our Executive Council. Learn about all the great programs our Order and Western Lieutenancy have accomplished during the year.

Priest Reception for Bishops and Priests

All bishops and priests are invited for a Scotch Tasting hosted by our Lieutenant on Saturday, October 12 at 5:30pm. The room location will be emailed to on the day of the event. Please RSVP using this link.

Saturday Dinner Event

Always one of the highlights of our Annual Meetings, you can look forward with anticipation for our Saturday Night Dinner Party. As 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of Utah-based movies, the Dinner Party theme will borrow its name “Just for the fun of it!” from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Members are encouraged to click here to consult our list and links of Utah’s rich filmography to choose a movie to theme your attire.

Grand Ball

All members come together to close out the Annual Meeting with our Grand Ball. Preceded by the Investiture Mass and the opportunity for professional formal portraits, the Grand Ball is an opportunity to culminate the weekend in celebration of member Investitures and Promotions, in consolidation of our objectives for the year, and in camaraderie developed over the previous few days. Formal wear will be required. Please click here for Dress Guidelines.

If you haven’t yet chosen your Grand Ball seating, please click here.

Ministry Fair & Vendor Events

Running in tandem with many of the hospitality and registration events, a hall will be opened to members of ministries to celebrate the many ways in which they have furthered their service to the Church and Christians of the Holy Land through the intervention of EOHSJ. Additionally, the Order is blessed with a myriad of service providers and product merchants who provide benefits to members themed around pilgrimages, the Holy Land, the Church and EOHSJ. Please take some time to browse the tables and connect with these ministries and vendors, and learn about what has been accomplished and what more we can do.

Sr. Deirdre Byrne


Sister Deirdre Byrne, POSC, is an active missionary sister and superior of her community in Washington, DC. She is double board-certified in family medicine and general surgery. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, “Sister DeDe” is one of eight siblings, the youngest of which is Bishop William Byrne of the Springfield Diocese. After graduation from Virginia Tech, Sister DeDe followed in her thoracic surgeon father’s footsteps and entered medical school at Georgetown University, where she eventually completed a surgical residency.

During that time she also joined the Army. After a life of medical and military service in far ranging areas, she was led to the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart community, whose charism involves sisters placing each and every person they care for between the Heart of Jesus and Mary.  Her apostolate has been performing overseas medical missionary surgery and providing free medical care for the poor and uninsured. The over 125-year-old community includes 400-500 members. By 2000, the board-certified Dr. Byrne made her commitment to the Little Workers and began her novitiate training in earnest.  

Sister DeDe retired with the rank of Colonel from the United States Army in 2009 after 29 years of service in the military. She was extremely grateful for the opportunity to have served the “brave soldiers” while deployed to Afghanistan. Currently, she is the superior of the D.C. Little Workers of the Sacred Heart house, where the sisters run a pro-bono physical therapy clinic and diabetic eye clinic, medical clinic and a front-line pro-life ministry including the Abortion Pill Reversal, and retirement home for her elderly sisters.

Masses & Ceremonies


Friday – SUNDAY

Adoration Chapel

Members are encouraged to spend time accompanying Our Lord exposed for Adoration during specific times Friday through Sunday. Please refer to your schedule for exposition and adoration times.

Friday 4PM
Monday 8AM

Traveler’s Mass

In order to support our calling to a deepen daily in our spiritual life, Mass is also provided on days where a solemn ceremony is not programmed.

Friday Evening


Retreats are a way to prepare mind and soul to deepen in spirituality and grow in our calling to the Order. Investees, Promotees and Members are served with different retreats at separate locations. Please refer to your schedule for details and shuttle times.

Saturday morning

Promotions & Memorial Mass

Please refer to your schedule for details.

Sunday afternoon

Investiture Mass

Please refer to your schedule for details.

Friday – Sunday


Priests of the Order will be available at scheduled times to provide the sacrament of Confession for members. You are highly encouraged to take advantage of their availability. Please refer to your schedule for details.

Culture & Recreation

Special Events

Thursday Evening

Cathedral of the Madaleine choir

Photo credit: Beau Pearson

The Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, consisting of adult members and Choristers from The Madeleine Choir School, exists principally to serve the liturgical prayer of the cathedral church of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Established in 1996, the choir sings a wide variety of liturgical music spanning every period in music history-from Gregorian chant to present day music.

Friday Morning

Olympic Park tour with Flying Ace All-Stars

Boasting the Olympic Bobsled, Luge and Skelton track (one of only 4 in North America), Nordic Ski Jumps, and Olympic training facilities, the Olympic Park was a major venue for the 2002 Olympics and will be a major host to events at the upcoming 2034 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics! Enjoy a tour of the facility and 2002 Winter Olympics museum, catered lunch, and aerial performance by the Flying Ace All-Stars.

Friday Morning

The FamilySearch Genealogy Library

Located just a few blocks from the hotel, The Genealogy Library is a state-of-the-art family history research center operated by the LDS Church. Our meeting attendees will receive instructional presentations on how to use the resources of the Library to research their family history and learn more about their history, mission, and methods.

Annual Meeting Schedule