Tucson Area News
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Tucson
Dame Karen and Sir William McEwen
EOHSJ Tucson Holds 2022 Lenten Retreat
On March 19, 2022, the Dames and Knights of the Diocese of Tucson EOHSJ gathered at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church for a Lenten Retreat. Sister Lois Paha, O.P., D. Min. served as retreat master.
Sister Lois led the Knights and Dames on a journey through the Liturgies of Holy Week. The Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Vigil, and Easter Sunday is the center and culmination of the Liturgical Year. We celebrate the Paschal mystery, a life pattern which we live in our daily lives. The Liturgies of Holy Week remind us that:
- The Church is the Body of Christ
- Holy Week is a gift and a new beginning
- The renewal of our Baptism is connected to the Eucharist
- The Easter Vigil is a celebration of the local church
Holy Thursday is a call to service of the Lord in all things. The readings teach us that the Eucharist is the sacrament of the Church’s identity. The Gospel of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples is an example of how they are to love one another in imitation of His love for them. Sister Lois asked the Knights and Dames to share their experiences of having their feet washed by a Priest. “Humbling” and “Why Me?” were the common theme. She asked the group to reflect on the questions – How does the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday inspire me to be disciple/servant? What can I do? How can I be?
Good Friday is walking in the Way of the Cross in everyday life. While Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday, there is a Liturgy. The reading of The Passion of the Lord reminds us of his painful death. The retreat attendees had been asked to bring a cross with them. Sister Lois shared photographs of many different crosses and what they represent. She asked the Knights and Dames to reflect on the cross they were holding. What memories come to you as you hold it? What are the ways in which the Cross of Christ has been a source of strength and courage for you? What elements of the Passion of the Lord bring you sadness? Bring you hope?
Easter Vigil celebrates Jesus’ Resurrection: God’s healing mercy. Holy Saturday is a time of preparation for the vigil – the climax of the Triduum. Saint Augustine referred to it as “the mother of all vigils.” The readings contain the story of our deliverance and give meaning to the rituals of this night. The Alleluia returns! The primary focuses are initiation and Eucharist. The Catechumens are welcomed into the Church and there is a renewal of Baptismal promises. The renewal of Baptismal promises summarizes the Paschal Mystery – our own dying and rising with Jesus.
Easter Sunday is a continuation of the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection. The Mass celebrates the most important teaching in the Catholic faith – that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead so that we could share eternal life with Him in heaven. The readings and Gospel teach us that we are commissioned to preach, that this is the day the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad, seek heavenly things, and the promise of the empty tomb.
Sr. Lois Paha, retreat master
Fr. Garcia delivering his homily
Happy retreat attendees
Reverend Alonso Garcia, KHS, assisted by Deacon Ken McNealy, KCHS, celebrated Mass for the Feast Day of Saint Joseph. In his homily, Father Garcia reminded us that St. Joseph protected Jesus and his Mother. St. Joseph had decisions to make. He could run away, he could stay, or he could abandon them. He decided to stay, and the Plan of Salvation was carried out. God continues to provide salvation day in and day out despite distractions. We are called to become men and women of faith. He asked us to be true disciples of Christ in our journey of life.
The retreat ended with the praying of the Holy Rosary and Sister Lois asking the Knights and Dames to reflect on: What does the renewal of Baptismal promises mean to me for the remaining days of Lent?
David Ball, KCHS
Tucson Senior Staff Reporter
Diocese of Tucson – 2022 Mid-Year Meeting
On 8 March 2022, the EOHSJ Knights and Dames of the Diocese of Tucson gathered for their Mid-Year Meeting. The evening began with Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. The Most Reverend Edward Weisenburger, KC*HS, celebrated Mass, assisted by Deacon Ken McNealy, KCHS. In his welcome, Bishop Weisenburger introduced Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, KC*HS, D.D., Bishop Emeritus. As this is the season of Lent, Bishop Weisenburger delivered his homily focusing on the Lord’s Prayer. He suggested that Knights and Dames should be like God and forgive. In ancient Palestine a name was sacred. He asked that we reflect on “hallowed be thy name”. As a reminder of the sacredness of a name, he pointed to the Second Commandment, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain”. Bishop Weisenburger closed his homily by asking Knights and Dames, during Lent, to work on being more like God.
The Diocese of Tucson and the Western Lieutenancy business update was held at Skyline Country Club. Sir Bill McEwen, KGCHS, Area Co-councillor, with Dame Karen McEwen, DGCHS served as the masters of ceremonies for the evening. Father Mike Bucciarelli, KCHS, provided an opening prayer and led the Prayer of the Western Lieutenancy. Sir Bill McEwen expressed the joy of both bishops being present at the meeting. Some highlights of the past year included First Monday Rosaries, an Advent retreat, a Lenten retreat, and a combined retreat with the Diocese of Phoenix. He then introduced three new candidates for our Order.
Bishop Kicanas spoke about unexpected challenges, including his own, and how the support that is received will help in overcoming any challenge that is being faced. He reminded those in attendance that Knights and Dames do great things and should be proud of what they do in supporting the EOHSJ mission.
Dame Dr. Ana Sanguineti, DC*HS, provided an update on the Legacy Society. The mission is to sustain and aid charitable organizations and to propagate the faith in the Holy Land. Participation in the Legacy Society reflects a lifetime commitment to the Order. Currently, Tucson has 20 Legacy Society members, and the goal is to double that number in 2022.
Dame Ann Dickson, DGCHS, provided an update on activities of the Justice and Peace Committee. With present conditions being what they are in the Holy Land, Justice and Peace issues are of vital concern to the Order. The annual honorarium supports Justice and Peace issues. Micro loans, seminarian sponsorship, and Bethlehem University scholarships are some of the projects that have been supported by members of the Order.
Dame Sister Lois Paha, DCHS spoke about a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land to be led by Bishop Weisenburger from January 23 to February 4, 2023.
H.E. Dame Margaret Romano, DGCHS, Lieutenant, Western USA Lieutenancy provided an update of Lieutenancy activities. During 2021 increased spiritual opportunities were accomplished via Zoom with speakers, novenas, and other special events. A Facebook Group, YouTube Channel, Instagram, and “The Way Magazine” were introduced to improve communication. In 2021, 67 new Knights and Dames were invested, and 98 Knights and Dames were promoted. There will continue to be many spiritual opportunities in 2022. Also, an EOHSJ Associates Program is being developed that will allow young adults, ages 20-34, to become acquainted with the Order. Holy Land Pilgrimages have begun again, and the Western Lieutenancy has many scheduled for the rest of this year and for 2023. The Western Lieutenancy will be hosting the North American Lieutenants’ meeting in Pasadena from 1 June to 5 June. At the 2022 Annual Meeting in Pasadena, there are 82 nominations for investiture and 100 promotions. The Langham Hotel will be the host site and Bishop Barron will be the Sunday morning speaker. Dame Margie closed by thanking Knights and Dames for all their generosity and everything that they do to support the Order.
The meeting concluded with Monsignor Pinti, KCHS, leading The Memorare (Prayer of the Order) and saying a blessing asking for God’s protection.
David Ball, KCHS
Tucson Senior Staff Reporter
EOHSJ Tucson Holds Advent Retreat
Although you’re reading this article after Christmas and New Year, it is particularly insightful to read it now. With all the hustle and bustle of the Advent season having subsided, one may ponder the depth and breadth of God’s love and His gifts to us!
Bill & Karen McEwen
Co-councilors EOHSJ Diocese of Tucson
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Twenty five members of the EOHSJ Tucson area traveled across the city early Saturday morning, December 4th, to the Redemptorist Retreat Center in the Tucson Mountains for the seasonal retreat. They were all looking forward to Sister Lois Paha’s presentation of “Images of the Advent Season: The Beauty of God in This Time of Preparation.”
Sister Lois Paha, O.P., D.Min., served as Retreat Master. Monsignor Al Schifano celebrated the Liturgy and was assisted by Deacon Ken McNealy.
THE BEAUTY OF GOD IN ADVENT
Sr. Lois introducing the retreat
Sr. Lois, introduced the retreat by referring to insights from Pope Benedict XVI about the theology of beauty and the new evangelization. Pope Benedict drew on writings from St. Thomas Aquinas, among others, and Plato, commenting that beauty “draws us out of ourselves and the rut we sometimes find ourselves” in our daily lives. “Beauty gives us wings lifting us up so that we may soar to the transcendent and rise to greatness.” She cautioned that the season of Advent often carries a muted tone in the liturgical environment influencing our prayer and worship. She emphasized that our own spiritual journey, however, should not be muted. She explained that in this retreat we would look at the Scripture readings for each Sunday of Advent to gain inspiration about the beauty of God and to challenge ourselves to recognize beauty in this liturgical season of preparation for the birth of our Lord.
Retreatants absorbing the message
Sr. Lois led us in a prayer asking God to help us “be alive to the opportunities of each moment and alert to the opportunities of this time we share today” and “stretch our imaginations…to be open to the changes that our future makes possible.” She presented religious images relating to the four weeks of Advent to guide us in our journey through the four weeks of Advent and inspire us in our faith. She encouraged us to think about each week with specific prompts that called for us to examine our own lives and find joy in this season.
Sr. Lois explained the origin of the celebration of the Advent season as a period of preparation. In the Christian Churches of the East, it was preparation for Epiphany with an emphasis on penance whereas in the Christian Church of the West it was preparation for the birth of our Lord with emphasis on joyous anticipation. We, Roman Catholics are encouraged to consider this season a time of joyful expectation of Christ’s coming and a hopeful waiting for his second coming. This is the time to pray to God “to help us let go of things that hold us in bondage.” This is the time “to entrust our past to God so that we can be free to greet God in the present.”
In this first presentation Sr. Lois asked us to reflect with these prompts: “What beauty offered itself to you that gave you wings and could be a reminder of God’s love and care for you?” “What are some gifts God has given you as blessings that enable you to bless others?” “For what gifts do you pray?” She encouraged open dialogue from all the retreatants and responses were varied and informative.
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
Sr. Lois referred to the readings for the first Sunday of Advent from Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25, 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2, and Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 and pointed out that the emphasis of the first week is on the second coming of the Lord. “Be watchful”, “live honorably as in the daylight”, “be ready”, “the Son of Man is coming when you least expect it”, and “pray constantly for strength to stand before the Son of Man” were some of the salient points gleaned from the readings. She asked us, “What is/was a moment of beauty for your prayer for this first Advent week?”
Sr. Lois continued with Advent II “Straight Paths” and indicated that the second Sunday of Advent readings call us to penance but not without the promise of redemption. Baruch 5:1-9 ” for God is leading Israel in joy… with his mercy and justice for company,” Psalm 126 “The Lord has done great things for us. We are filled with joy,” Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11 “ …that your love may increase…to discern what is of value…,” and Luke 3: 1-6…”Prepare the way of the Lord” remind us to remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy. She asked us, “What small action can you do this second week of Advent ‘to remove what hinders you’?” She then introduced different prompts for discussion: “Name a few times you have suffered a loss or been broken by life, and what wisdom have you gleaned later because of these events?” These reflections helped us prepare us for the Eucharist.
Msgr. Al Schifano celebrated the Mass, assisted by Dcn Ken McNealy, who is presently assigned to Our Lady of the Desert, the chapel at the Redemptorist Renewal Center. The vocalist and harpist for the Mass was Janna Todd from Elizabeth Seton Parish. His homily emphasized the feeling of positive hopefulness the faithful had for the birth of our Lord. He suggested that the faithful in our troubled world today, despite a pandemic, increased social and political strife, should adopt this same attitude of joyous expectation.
Msgr. Al celebrating the Mass with Dcn Ken assisting
Janna Todd accompanying herself with the harp
Msgr. Al injected humor by referring to the cartoon characters Charlie Brown and Lucy: Charlie Brown was so discouraged and dejected that he told Lucy that he was sure the world was going to end tomorrow. Lucy’s response was, “No it won’t, Charlie Brown; it’s already tomorrow in Australia.” He reminded us of St. Paul’s words in his Letter to the Philippians, “Brothers and sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!”
Lunch in the dining room followed the Mass. This provided the opportunity to reflect and discuss the morning’s presentations informally with other retreatants and with Sister Lois who sat with the attendees.
JOY AND GLADNESS
Sr. Lois reminded us that the colors of the candles in wreaths and liturgical vestments change from purple to pink in the third week of Advent. This signifies the expectation of joyfulness. Called by its Latin name, “Gaudete” Sunday comes from the entrance antiphon “Rejoice always in the Lord.” The readings from the third Sunday of Advent (Zephaniah 3:14-18, Psalm 12, Philippians 4:4-7, and Luke 3:10-18) all speak to joy and gladness. She asked us to think of a time when we received the gift of joy and gladness from someone or some experience near the time of Christmas. She also posed the question: “to whom can you bring joy and gladness as the days of Christmas draw near?” Many retreatants participated in the discussion in this presentation, and this elicited a variety of meaningful responses.
Sr. Lois noted that the three very important feast days to honor Our Blessed Mother would be celebrated within a couple days of each other between the second and third weeks of Advent: The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, December 8th, the Feast of Our Lady of Loreto on Friday, December 10th, and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, December 12th. She emphasized that, while some people may find these days as distinct from Advent, all three feasts would help us on our journey to God through Advent.
ANNUNCIATION …. ON THE WAY OF THE CROSS
Sr. Lois presented several annunciation visuals reminding us of the angel’s foretelling the birth of Jesus. She noted that the readings for the fourth Sunday of Advent (Micah 5: 1-4, Psalm 80, Hebrews 10: 5-10, and Luke 1: 39-45) speak of peace, God’s saving power, and the birth of Christ. The Gospel account of the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth should be familiar to most Catholics. It shows us the love these women had for each other and the clarity of their faith. Mary’s Magnificat, in particular, speaks of God’s greatness and many blessings. Sr. Lois suggested we “Think about the people who are or have been blessings for you?” “Think of their names. . . Remember an event of blessing they gave you.” Rejoice in that gift!” As we focused on these prompts, each of us began to vividly recall blessings from specific family members, friends, and acquaintances from the past up to the present time.
Sr. Lois reminded us that Advent centers our attention on the redemptive incarnation of Christ, His first and second comings into the world and our hearts, and the demand to live in hopeful expectation as we experience God’s loving presence here and now. She asked us how we will use this season with all its images, goings on, and surprises to be a source of beauty of God and spirituality. She encouraged us to remember Pope Benedict XVI’s echoing of Plato: “Beauty gives us wings…that we may soar to the transcendent!”
When this fourth presentation ended, we felt enlightened and inspired. We had learned much more than we even had expected about this season of preparation for the birth of our Lord. We knew the presence of the Holy Spirit was with us!
We ended the day with a closing prayer of yearning and faithful expectation: “Come, Lord Jesus!” We are grateful to Sr. Lois for presenting such a thoughtful retreat and helping us find God’s beauty in our journey through the four weeks of Advent.
Submitted by Sir David Orr
Photo by Sir Bill McEwen
Diocese of Tucson EOHSJ Celebrates the Red Mass
The Most Reverend Edward J. Weisenburger celebrated the Red Mass at Saint Augustine Cathedral on 5 November 2021. The Diocese of Tucson EOHSJ was invited to join in the Mass as part of the entrance procession. Knights and dames from many areas of the diocese were in attendance. Our participation in the Mass provided an opportunity to raise the awareness and mission of the Order.
The Red Mass is a historical tradition within the Catholic Church dating back to the Thirteenth Century when it officially opened the term of the court for most European countries. The first recorded Red Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of Paris in 1245. The Red Mass also has been traditionally identified with the opening of the Sacred Roman Rota, the supreme judicial body of the Catholic Church. In the United States, the first Red Mass occurred in New York City on 6 October 1928 at Old St. Andrews Church. The Holy Spirit is honored as the source of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and fortitude. These gifts will shine forth in the dispensing of justice.
In his homily, Bishop Weisenburger noted that our legal structure is a foundation upon which a stable society can be built. The Mass also provides the opportunity to say, “thank you”, and ask the Holy Spirit to inspire you to the greatest heights of understanding, zeal, and noble practice of your service. The Gospel reading (Luke 16:1-8) is a parable of a sinful steward who is manipulating the books and when caught gives away more of the owner’s money. In the end the owner praises him. The message of Jesus is God’s treasure is his mercy and he asks that it be spread widely and wildly.
The St. Thomas More Society of Tucson hosted a dinner after the Mass at the Diocese of Tucson Pastoral Center. It was an opportunity to meet members of the St. Thomas More Society and to congratulate the 2021 St. Thomas More Award winners.
Written by David Ball, KCHS
Submitted by Bill and Karen McEwen, Co-Councillors, Diocese of Tucson
Diocese of Tucson EOHSJ Celebrates the Feast of Our Lady Queen of Palestine.
It is with great joy that the Feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine, is celebrated in all the Lieutenancies of the Order, on the last Sunday in October.
On 15 July 1920 the Latin Patriarch, Luigi Barlassina, made a solemn entry into the Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre and consecrated the diocese to Mary. He invoked the title of “Queen of Palestine” for the first time.
The special relationship of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine, with the Order dates to the pontificate of John Paul II. In 1983, 50 years after the institution of the feast, Saint John Paul II – addressing the Knights and Dames of the Lieutenancies of Northern and Central Italy – urged them to be witnesses of Christ in everyday life and to continue the work of the Order in the Holy Land under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Ten years later, in 1993, the then Grand Master of the Order, Cardinal Giuseppe Caprio, asked Saint John Paul II to declare of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine, Patroness of the Order. The Holy Father replied on 21 January 1994 by a decree granting the request.
The Most Reverend Edward J. Weisenburger, Bishop of Tucson, celebrated the feast day with Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral. As this is one of the four feast days celebrated by the Order, the EOHSJ Tucson members were invited to participate in the entrance procession. Many knights and dames from different areas of the diocese were able to participate. To be visible in the church is an opportunity to share the mission of the Order with parishioners.
The Virgin Mary is known by many different names, including Mother of God and Our Lady. The mother of Jesus has a more central role in Roman Catholic teachings and beliefs than in any other major Christian group. Not only do Roman Catholics have more theological doctrines and teachings that relate to Mary, but they also have more festivals, prayers, devotional, and venerative practices than any other group. The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.
After the Mass, a reception was held in the Diocese Pastoral Center. The reception provided a time to update Lieutenancy activities, get acquainted with other members, and share EOHSJ experiences.
Our Lady, Queen of Palestine: Pray for us!
Mary, Mother of the Church: Pray for Us!
Our Lady, Queen of Peace: Pray for Us!
Written by David Ball, KCHS; pictures by Bill McEwen
Submitted by Bill and Karen McEwen, Co-Councillors, Diocese of Tucson
EOHSJ of Diocese of Tucson Celebrates Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is one of four feasts celebrated by the Order. The feast day marks the dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 335. The celebration was a two-day festival: The consecration of the church was on 13 September, but the Cross itself was brought outside the church on 14 September so that all clergy and faithful could pray and venerate the True Cross.
At the 2021 mid-year meeting, Most Reverend Edward Joseph Weisenburger asked that Knights and Dames be attentive to inviting new members into the Order. This feast day provided an opportunity to share the mission and works of the Order with prospective members. Reverend Ricky Ordonez KHS, Parochial Vicar of Saints Peter and Paul Parish invited the Knights and Dames of Tucson to participate in the 11:00 a.m. Mass on 12 September.
The procession with Clergy, Deacons, Altar Servers, Knights, and Dames increases the awareness of the Order, especially for Catholics who are not aware of the Order. In his opening greeting, Father Rickey shared that on his first visit to the Holy Land (prior to Priesthood) , he became aware of the Jerusalem Cross. He highlighted the importance of sustaining and aiding the charitable, cultural, and social works and institutions of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land as one of the missions of the Order.
In his homily, Father Ricky noted that the United States of America has always been a country that stands ready to protect any country in the world in danger of losing the rights and privileges that it is supposed to accord its citizens. He likened this to the works of the Order. The Order supports the preservation and propagation of the Faith in the Holy Land. The Order works to uphold the rights of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. The Order practices the virtue of charity, supporting the Church in the Holy Land. He concluded his homily by saying one could not travel in the Holy Land without seeing the impact the Order has and how much appreciation the faithful have for the Order.
A reception was hosted after Mass for potential members who had questions or were seeking more information. Another Invitation to Formation is planned for 31 October, the feast day of The Blessed Virgin Mary Queen of Palestine with Mass celebrated by Most Reverend Edward Joseph Weisenburger.
Written by David Ball, KCHS
Submitted by Bill and Karen McEwen
Co-Councillors Diocese of Tucson
EOHSJ Tucson and Phoenix Hold Combined 2021 Retreat
The Dioceses of Tucson and Phoenix EOHSJ gathered for a combined retreat on 28 August 2021. The Diocese of Tucson hosted this year’s retreat.
The combined retreat was held at the beautiful Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson where on the wall of the Our Lady of the Desert Church at the Center is a saying that paraphrases Hosea 2:14: “desert will lead you to your heart where I will speak.” The setting provides an opportunity to reflect on spiritual growth.
Reverend James Starbuck, M. Div, IHS, KHS, served as the retreat master. Father James attended Catholic grade school and high school and received a bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University in 1981. He completed his theological studies at the Catholic University in Washington, DC and was ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Oakland on 24 August 1990. Father James was invested in the EOHSJ in 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. He is known nationally and internationally for leading retreats and missions. He is currently sharing his talents with St. Rose Church and Mission in Anthem, Arizona.
The theme of the retreat was ‘Through the Eucharist, Jesus is Present in Every Catholic Church’. Father James used the “Apostolic Exhortation – Veneremur Cernui – Down in Adoration Falling” of the Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, as the basis of his talk. The retreat was a three-part journey that included: 1) Eucharist – Mystery to Be Revered, 2) Hold Nothing Back from Christ, and 3) Loving and Adoring the Eucharistic Lord.
Part 1 – Eucharist – Mystery to Be Revered
While Jesus ascended into Heaven, he did not leave us orphans. He left us his body and blood. While this concept may be difficult to comprehend, all of heaven is singing praise at every Eucharist. At every Mass we are in the presence of Jesus. The Roman Catholic Church is different from other religions as there is apostolic succession back to St Peter as the first Pope. The Eucharist comes to us through the Mass. In every Mass, Jesus is not being offered again: rather, we – the Mystical Body of Christ – are taken up into the one sacrifice at Calvary by means of the Priesthood of Christ. Receiving the Eucharist at Mass is a grace where Jesus Christ is ever present. When we eat the Eucharist, we become what we consume – becoming like Him. It is here that a quality and abundance of life beyond this world is given to us.
Part 2 – Hold Nothing Back from Christ
The Eucharist is truly the sacrament of Christ’s love. How do we respond to the Lord’s gift of himself in the Holy Eucharist? Do we rally desire him? Are we anxious to meet him? Do we desire to encounter him? Our desire is to look like Jesus. We can only find him in the Eucharist. Through the Eucharist we become like him. We are supposed to be a witness for Jesus Christ. One way to do this by asking for “Blessings on whoever is my path today.” Being a person of faith is not easy. We must receive him worthily. The Holy Eucharist is the ongoing Redemption of the world through Christ’s real presence among and within us. We need to make the Eucharist the source and summit of our whole life.
Part 3 – Loving and Adoring the Eucharistic Lord
How do we live out the mystery of the Eucharist with greater faith and love – for as we pray at each Mass – “our good and the good of all his holy church?” Make time for a prayer life. Find your “holy spot” and pray at the same time each day. Always end your prayer with “I ask this in the name of Jesus.” Whatever you ask for in the name of Jesus you will receive. The obligation of Sunday Mass is meant to spill over into the rest of the week. Jesus taught us to ask Our Father “give us this day our daily bread.” Christ nourishes his church daily in Mass. Mass can become a daily source of peace and strength. By increasing your time of Eucharist adoration, you can deepen your prayer in marvelous ways. Pope Francis spoke of this prayer as a kind of necessity during a homily in 2016: “we cannot know the Lord without this habit of worship, to worship in silence and adoration. He is the savior and I worship him.”
Reverend Thomas Enneking, KHS, led the participants in praying the Rosary to conclude the retreat. This is the seventh year that the two EOHSJ Arizona Dioceses have gathered for a combined retreat. The goal is to grow spiritually and to get to know each other better. Twenty-nine Knights, Dames, and Clergy participated this year, and all are encouraged to attend next year’s retreat which will be hosted by the Diocese of Phoenix.
Written by David Ball
Pictures by Bill McEwen and David Ball
Tucson Mid-Year Meeting, March 2021
The Diocese of Tucson EOHSJ gathered virtually on 27 March 2021 for the annual mid-year meeting. The meeting was hosted by Sir William and Dame Karen McEwen, Diocese of Tucson Area Co-Councillors. The meeting included Dames, Knights, and clergy from around our Diocese of Tucson, Most Reverend Edward Joseph Weisenburger and Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D. Bishop Emeritus.
Bishop Weisenburger opened the meeting with prayer. He asked for God’s blessing for the Knights and Dames of the EOHSJ, the continued healing from Covid 19 and praised the message of Easter and the death and resurrection Jesus Christ – the foundational belief of the Catholic faith.
In his opening comments, Bishop Weisenburger highlighted items of interest. The pandemic has affected all aspects of Church operations. Many protocols are in place to ensure the safety of all worshipers. As more people are being vaccinated and case rates are reducing, he shared that beginning with Holy Thursday, the reception of the Eucharist was returning to its regular place in the Mass. He mentioned that the Diocese of Tucson had experienced impact from a pandemic before as the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 delayed the consecration of Santa Cruz Catholic Church by six months. The use of technology has been one of the many ways the Church has stayed connected with parishioners. In closing, he asked that all Knights and Dames be attentive to inviting new members to join the Order.
Dame Karen provided a Diocese of Tucson update. Currently the Order has 111 members including 16 clergy. There are two investiture nominees and a possibility of six promotees for 2021. She asked for prayers for six members who died during the past year. While not able to gather in person, technology has allowed members to stay connected. The focus for the upcoming year will be activities that promote spiritual growth.
Dame Ann Dickson reviewed Justice and Peace activities. The Kicanas Scholarship Fund is currently sponsoring two students at Bethlehem University. There is also a possibility that a Seminarian sponsorship will be available. There also are continuing efforts to support Christian businesses in the Holy Land. She closed by asking that members consider donating to the Bishop Kicanas scholarship fund.
Dame Doctor Ana Sanguineti reviewed the Legacy Society. Including the EOHSJ in estate planning reinforces the EOHSJ Mission in the Holy Land of increasing and strengthening Christian life, supporting cultural sites, schools, hospitals, seminarians and the Holy Land Economic Development Fund. The Legacy achievement levels, and recognition levels were described. Any gifts are appreciated.
Dame Sister Lois Paha discussed the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land later this year under the Spiritual direction and leadership of Bishop Weisenburger. Information is available on the Western Lieutenancy website.
H.E. Dame Margie Romano provided a 2020 review of the Western Lieutenancy. She spoke of the many challenges and emphasized the implementation of an updated member data base that has resulted in improved operational efficiency of the Order. The new media team has implemented a You Tube channel and Facebook page. In addition, “The Way Magazine” is being distributed. “Good Catholics need connection” and many opportunities have been available, including first Monday Rosaries and other on-line special events. The annual meeting was held virtually with 60 members invested and 57 members promoted. 2021 goals include improving the Western Lieutenancy website, Lenten events, three pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and Stations of the Cross. The 2021 annual meeting will be hosted by the Diocese of Las Vegas. All Covid 19 protocols will be followed, and registration is expected to be available beginning 10 May 2021. There are 52 investees and 70 promotions. Applications are available on- line for 2022 nominations.
Sir Viktor Rzeteljski reviewed the Western Lieutenancy financials. 2020 was the biggest year in support of the Holy Land via Grand Magisterium contributions. The 2018 and 2019 audits have been completed and no issues were documented.
In closing, H.E. Dame Margie Romano reminded the meeting attendees that with caring and goodness, the members, during this time of renewal are doing good things. Father Sir Michael Bucciarelli led the closing prayer and Bishop Kicanas blessed the meeting attendees.
Submitted by Sir David Ball, KCHS
EOHSJ Tucson Virtual Advent Retreat, November 2020
The Diocese of Tucson Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem gathered via Zoom for an Advent Retreat on 14 November 2020. Twenty-Four Dames and Knights participated from cities around the Diocese of Tucson and from Oregon and Virginia. Brother Silas Henderson served as the Retreat Master. Brother Silas is the Executive Director of the Tucson based Jordan Ministry Team. Brother Silas is a catechist and retreat leader and has authored four books. His reflections and articles on discipleship, liturgy, spirituality, Mary, and the Saints have appeared in a variety of prominent Catholic publications.
Brother Silas led the Dames and Knights on a journey as told by Saint Luke – “Magnificat: My Soul Magnifies the Lord.” Saint Luke sees salvation in three parts:
1) Israel is the law and prophecies as told in the Old Testament
2) Jesus is the centerpiece of history as told in the Gospels
3) The Church is the continuation of the mission of Jesus until the Son of Man returns
As God works through us and in us bringing meaning to our lives our souls proclaim the greatness of the Lord. We are looked upon with favor and he has mercy for those who fear him in every generation.
Is Mary a Prophet? Luke 1:26-38 is The Birth of Jesus Foretold. Mary exhibits all of the attributes of a Prophet per the Old Testament except she was not afraid and did not initially say no. A prophet is one who sees, thinks, and acts spiritually. She spoke the truth on what was happening in the world, what God was doing, and what could happen. She transitioned from her recognition of what God had done for her, to praise for what God is doing and will do for all creation. Mary reminds us that we owe everything to God and each of us has something to offer to the world.
The definition of mercy is to have a sad heart. God has a sad heart for us, and He responds with love. God has blessed us so that we can continue God’s plan for us with the same fervor and devotion as Mary.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer summarizes the case of Mary as a Prophet – “This is not the gentle, tender, dreamy Mary…” Brother Silas speaks of Mary the Prophet as a woman of faith, conviction and strength while yielding passion and love.
The Advent Retreat provided many opportunities to reflect on the Gospel of Luke and Mary as a Prophet. The participants reflected and shared on the following topics:
1) How does it feel to think of Mary as a Prophet?
2) What does it mean to rejoice? How is joy part of your spirituality?
3) How have you experienced the gift of salvation in your life?
4) When do you feel that God has looked with favor on you?
5) How does it feel to think of yourself as blessed and called?
6) How is human mercy different from God’s mercy?
While everyone looks forward to the time when Dames and Knights can gather in person, this Zoom retreat provided a unique opportunity to prepare for the season of Advent. Brother Silas was knowledgeable and thought provoking as Retreat Master. Comments such as “What a great retreat! One of the best, if not the best I’ve ever attended” and “It was a whole new way to view Mary as Prophet. This was just the right retreat for Advent for me.”
In this season of Advent spend some time reflecting on how Mary can “Raise Us Up.”
Submitted by Sir David Ball, KCHS, EOHSJ Tucson.
Helena Christine and Ann Dickson Elected to Board of Directors of the
Bethlehem University Foundation
3 August 2020
Bethlehem University Foundation is pleased to announce the April 2020 election of Helena Christine and Ann Dickson to the Board of Directors of the Bethlehem University Foundation.
As a joint venture between the De La Salle Christian Brothers and the Vatican, Directors of the Bethlehem University Foundation, once elected to the Board, must be confirmed by the Superior General of the Christian Brothers and the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Helena and Ann’s election was confirmed earlier this week.
Reflecting on the election, Sister Irene O’Neill, Chair of the Board of Directors said, “The Foundation is honored to welcome Helena and Ann to the Board. They bring years of professional experience and personal support to the Foundation. The Board is very fortunate to have both women join in our ministry of supporting and promoting Bethlehem University in the Holy Land.”
Both Helena and Ann are Patrons of the Bethlehem University Foundation and are Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Their terms will commence in November of this year.
Mrs. Helena Christine, Esq:
Helena Christine is legal counsel at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, with a focus on economic development and institutional management. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Helena holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Master of Jurisprudence from Oxford University. She and her husband Brian are members of the Southeastern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and are Patrons of the Bethlehem University Foundation.
Mrs. Ann Dickson:
Ann Dickson plays an active role in the charitable works of the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona, and other Catholic philanthropic organizations. She was the Catechumenate Director at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Sierra Vista, Arizona (1999-2008). Ann is a Dame Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and is the Justice and Peace Coordinator for the Tucson Section of the Western Lieutenancy. Ann was instrumental in creating the Most Reverend Sir Gerald F. Kicanas KC*HS Endowed Scholarship at the Bethlehem University Foundation. Ann received the “Archangel Award” of the Western Lieutenancy for her work in establishing the endowed scholarship.
First Monday Rosary in Sierra Vista, Arizona
The Knights and Dames of the Order in Sierra Vista, AZ pray the First Monday Rosary at the same time as members in Tucson. However, as they are 70+ miles apart, they do it separately!
The Sierra Vista members recently met for social time with others, including some parishioners, who had expressed interest in the Order. They gathered in the parish rectory for the January 2020 social time, while celebrating the New Year. They hope to meet more often for social time in the future.
In this photo are Sir Thomas McCloskey, Dame Ann Dickson, Dame Maryann Hockstad, Sir Paul Angelo, Rev. Sir Greg Adolf, Rev. Sir Rob Neske, Sir Louis Gasper (Knight of the Southwestern Lieutenancy), and Fr. Amal Sebastiar, MSFS, newly assigned International Associate at St. Andre the Apostle Parish.
Children of Sir Thomas and Mary Ellen McCloskey with parishioners Ann Lund and Deacon Lauro Teran. We pray they all become Knights and Dames in due time.
Submitted by Dame Ann Dickson, DC*HS
Photos: Sir John Ratcliffe, KHS