Area News



News of the Grand Magisterium
and the Western USA Lieutenancy


“The Disappearing People:
The Tragic Fate of Christians in the Middle East”

On November 10, 2021, the Western Lieutenancy presented an exceptional program coming live from the Archdiocese of Erbil, Iraq, where Pope Francis made his journey to stand above the destruction wrought by ISIS and celebrate Mass in front of 10,000 Christians.

The speaker was Stephen Rasche, an American lawyer working for many years as counsel to Archbishop Warda who, as Archbishop of Erbil, welcomed Pope Francis on his journey. Bishop Warda himself had been an ISIS captive.

At Archbishop Warda’s request, Stephen authored the book with the finest eyewitness account documenting the genocide committed against Iraqi Christians in the Middle East – many of whom have sought refuge in Jordan and Syria.

Click here to watch the video presentation.

Zarqa Schools in Amman, Jordan, Thank the Western Lieutenancy for 2021 Donation 

On May 8, 2021, we received an email from Abouna Ibrahim Naffa, Parish Administrator at Saint Pius X Church, Al Zarqa South, thanking the Western Lieutenancy for its latest generous donation. The donation is in response to the schools’ request for winter coats, a computer, a printer, and funds for Christmas gifts for the students and staff.

Abouna Ibrahim considers the donation as an answer to their prayers. His email includes photos of the donated items and of the grateful students.

The Zarqa Schools have been a special ministry of the WL since 2003.  Funds are raised as a special project and wired to the Grand Magisterium in Rome, which in turn wires the funds directly to the Zarqa Schools’ bank accounts.


The Grand Magisterium’s 2020-2021 Annual Newsletter 

This issue of Jerusalem Cross 2020-2021 sets out to cover a whole year through interviews, stories of the projects supported by the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and accounts of the activities carried out by the high offices of our Pontifical Institution.
Be sure to see:
  • Article: “A Time of Crisis: A Time of the Spirit”
  • Article: “It Is Fundamental to Establish the Church’s Priority to Announce Christ”
  • Three Pillars Re-Establish the Life of the Order: Constitution, Spirituality, Liturgy
Click here to read Jerusalem Cross 2020-2021 Annual with PDFviewer.

Click here to see or download the PDF file of Jerusalem Cross 2020-2021 Annual.


New Website Created for EOHSJ Members in North America

Dear Knights and Dames,

I am pleased to announce that a website has been created for the 15,000 Members of North America. The address is:

Creation of this website has been in the works for several months under the leadership of Sir Tim Milner KCHS of Minneapolis.  Tim was assisted by a web development company, to ensure that our website has all the appropriate security safeguards. The website is hosted on a secure, third party network.

Over the course of the last several months, there have been wonderful suggestions from many Lieutenants and others regarding the type of content that should be included.  While many people have offered their support, I would like to acknowledge H. E. Max Brown KGCHS, the North Central Lieutenant.

Max was instrumental in influencing the final layout and design.  I also want to extend appreciation, on behalf of everyone, to the Communications Office of the Order for their assistance.  Over the last several years, the Order has made communication with Members a top priority.  The Communications Office will continue to provide current information about the Order to the North America website.

The North America website was created to focus on three key areas:

  • To consolidate many sources of information about the Order and its works into a single location to make it easy for our Members to find it.
  • To help all Members in personal spiritual development by offering and sharing resources, including presentations, prayers, and videos.
  • To evangelize the good works of the Order to all Catholics, especially to those potentially interested in joining us.

The key focus areas make North America website a supplement, and not replacement, to the websites maintained by several Lieutenancies.  These Lieutenancy websites serve a vital function for their respective Lieutenancies and will continue.  The North America website has capabilities to help any Lieutenancy who needs technical assistance in creating or maintaining a website for their local needs.

I want to draw your attention to several features.  Among other attributes, the website includes the “Grand Master’s Corner” for communications from our new Grand Master, His Eminence Fernando Cardinal Filoni, various spiritual formation presentations, and videos.  There are active links to the websites of the Order, the Vatican, the Latin Patriarchate, and others.

My desire is for the North America website to be frequently updated.  We will always be looking for fresh content for this website.  Members who have content or ideas to share should first present them through your Lieutenant.  Be mindful that any content submitted should be of interest to the majority of our North America Members.

I hope you check the website often and that it will prove to be beneficial, a source of information about the Mission and works of the Order, and a way to be connected to all the Members of North America and to the world-wide Church.

Thank you and Easter Blessings.

P. Thomas Pogge, KGCHS
Vice Governor General, North America
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Antonian Charitable Society of Bethlehem (ACS) Completes Purchase of Medical Equipment and Supplies Financed by the Western Lieutenancy’s $30,000 Grant

On September 11, 2020, Vincencio Bellomo, ACS’ local manager emailed H.E Margie Romano, DGCHS, Lieutenant of EOHSJ Western Lieutenancy (WL), that they received another delivery of medical equipment and supplies for their facility in Bethlehem. This completed the medical purchase program financed by the WL’s $30,000 grant awarded in March 2020.

ACS is a home for the elderly established in 1942 to serve the helpless widows and older women lacking family care – all in the absence of governmental social programs to fulfill their needs.

Mr. Bellomo’s email also expressed gratitude to the Knights and Dames of the WL for their friendship and generous support. They consider the award to  be timely and providential. In March 2020, the COVID 19 pandemic adversely affected 80% of Bethlehem’s local economy. Unemployment increased sharply. ACS was struggling to raise funds for medical equipment and supplies for use by the elderly residents, nuns, social health workers, staff  and volunteers.

The WL’s $30,000 grant enabled ACS to purchase medical electrical beds, big oxygen cylinders, electrical oxygen concentrator machines, surgical masks and special KN95 masks.


Antonian Charitable Society (ACS) in Bethlehem
Thanks the Western Lieutenancy for Grant

In March 2020, the Western Lieutenancy awarded a $30,000 grant to ACS for medical beds, air mattresses, oxygen masks and wheelchairs.  On July 11th, ACS received a partial shipment of 16 electrical medical beds for the elderly residents.  Other medical equipment will be purchased soon.

Last week, we received the following Thank You letter from Vincencio Bellomo, ACS’ Administrator in Bethlehem, for the grant we provided.

August 14, 2020
H.E.Margaret Romano, DGCHS
EOHSJ Western Lieutenancy

Subject: THANK YOU for the Grant for Antonian Charitable Society

I am writing to thank you for the project to support the elderly and the poor living at Antonian Charitable Society. Thanks to the solidarity of the EOHSJ Western Lieutenancy.

We purchased new medical beds and mattress for the elderly. They are very thankful and happy. We are now waiting to purchase other medical equipment such as oxygen machines. Due to the emergency it isn’t easy to buy them.

The Antonian Charitable Society has always been a place of welcome for the poorest elderly in Bethlehem. Taking care of the living stones of this land is expressed for us of Pro Terra Sancta in the closeness and in wanting to walk together trying to be attentive in our small community to the real needs of the people who daily live the Holy Land. The elderly during this world pandemic are the people most exposed to COVID 19 and having had your support meant a lot to them and to all the workers, employees, and sisters of the Antonian Charitable Society. This letter also wants to bring their thanks for purchasing the materials needed to improve the well-being of their lives in the facility. The Antonian Charitable Society in recent months has needed help having no more pilgrims and tourists in the nearby St. Antony Hotel. The reception allowed to bear some of the expenses of the House and to pay the employees of the Structure.

COVID 19 is still causing serious problems for the local economy with more and more people out of work. Since the first cases in March 2020, the virus has seen exponentially high numbers both in Israel and in Palestine with a great concern for health throughout the territory.

As there is no pension and social security system, the elderly are often abandoned and dependent on work and family care. In this context, aggravated by COVID 19, families do not have the resources to stay close to their elderly parents.

Thank you again,

Vincenzo Bellomo



The Grand Magisterium’s newsletter for July 2021 is now available.

Be sure to see:
  • Message from the Grand Master – The Peace of the Risen Lord: A Gift to Share
  • The Grand Master Answers Questions on the Order’s New Ritual
  • A New Book on the History of the Order

Click here to read Jerusalem Cross #62 with PDFviewer.

Click here to see or download the PDF file of Jerusalem Cross #62.

“If you have ever wondered if our Order makes a difference, I can assure you that it does”

Reflections by Father John Bateman, priest-secretary to the Grand Master.




The members of the Western Lieutenancy have been chosen to receive the prestigious Caritas Dei Award from Relevant Radio. Below is an excerpt from Relevant Radio’s letter to H.E. Sir Michael Feeley.

Your Excellency,

      On Thursday, May 30, 2019, Relevant Radio is honored to present the 31st National    Christ Brings Hope Award to H.E. Most Rev. Jose Gomez for his dedication to the faith and to the people of Los Angeles. This will be the first Los Angeles award presentation, and we are hoping to make the evening a wonderful opportunity to bring Los Angeles area Catholics together to highlight the good work of Archbishop Gomez. 

       In addition, that evening Relevant Radio would like to invite the Western USA Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) to accept the Caritas Dei Award. One of the primary missions of Relevant Radio is utilizing our powerful media platforms to promote the good works and missions of Catholic organizations and individuals around the world. The Caritas Dei award is presented to those individuals and organizations who exemplify God’s perfect charity. The EOHSJ’s St. Vincent’s Ain Karem and Hogar Niño Dios projects in the Holy Land are fine examples of the important and life sustaining work being done by the Order. 

      Archbishop Gomez’s role as Grand Prior of the Western Lieutenancy makes the evening even more appropriate and special. It is also a wonderful coincidence that the Chairman of our Board of Directors, Sir Tom Vorpahl and his wife Dame Ann Vorpahl, as well as Board members H.E. Most Rev. David Ricken, KC*HS., Sir Timothy and Dame Pat VonDohlen (TX), Sir Robert and Dame Sally Atwell (WI), and Sir Robert and Dame Kathleen Riordan (WI) are also active members of the EOHSJ. We are honored that Los Angeles Area Councillors, Sir Dennis and Dame Susan De Pietro, have agreed to serve on the Christ Brings Hope Dinner committee. It is shaping up to be a terrific event! 

The Relevant Radio Christ Brings Hope Award Dinner will be held Thursday May 30 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Rev. Sir Dave Heney KCHS will be a special guest. For more information please visit

On March 27th, Father Sir David Heney, Deacon Sir Ryan Adams and Dame Margaret Romano recorded a radio interview by Deacon Steve Greco at the Tower of Hope at the Christ Cathedral.

The interview showcased and highlighted the works of the Equestrian Order, especially its involvement in various projects in the Holy Land.

Dcn Steve Greco, Fr. David Heney, Margie Romano, Dcn Ryan Adams


Margie Romano, Dcn Ryan Adams, and Fr. David Heney being interviewed by Dcn Steve Greco

The interview will be broadcast on 44 radio stations throughout the West Coast on April 28th from noon to one in the afternoon. To listen in, you will need to tune in to one of Relevant Radio’s stations. You can find a radio station in your area at

However members who cannot wait until the airing date, can see the interview on Steve Greco’s Facebook page here.


los_angelesLos Angeles Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Sir Dennis and Dame Susan De Pietro 

Voice: 323-257-4253
Cellular: 323-314-4031


Votive Mass in Honor of Our Lady of the Angels

Saturday, August 28, 2021

More than twenty members of the Order participated in this special celebration of the Mass by H.E. Archbishop José H. Gomez honoring our Blessed Mother as the Patroness of the City and Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The Entrance Procession included representatives from many countries in spectacular native attire that also included members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Knights and Dames of Malta, and the Knights of Columbus! The theme, Many Peoples, One Mother was evident throughout the Mass and Rosary by recitations and hymns in many languages representative of the diverse cultures found in Los Angeles. 

Mass was followed by a beautiful Procession in the Cathedral Plaza while reciting the Rosary.  Especially now, more than ever, we need Our Lady to protect and guide our beautiful city and its diverse community for which we are most grateful.

We thank H.E. Archbishop José H. Gomez, as Celebrant, Fr. Ray Medina and Fr. Brian NunezSir Don Keegan for his work in advocating for the Order’s participation in this event, to our banner carrier; Sir Elpidio Andrion; and Sir Arturo Ibarra for leading a decade of the Rosary in the Cathedral Plaza. We are honored to have six of our members on the Queen of Angels Foundation Board who are the Founders of this event: Sir Arturo and Dame Letty Ibarra, Dame Nancy Ahlgren, Sir Don Keegan, Sir Kevin Hand, and Sir Bob Barbarowicz.

Submitted by Dame Susan De Pietro, Los Angeles Area Co-Councillor 

Upcoming Events:

First Monday Rosary

Please join our fellow Knights and Dames at 7:00 pm on the First Monday of every month to pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. The following is the link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Spiritual Rosary of the Glorious Mysteries:

You can also follow are links below to each Mystery devotional available at EWTN:

Please pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land and for  the fight against the forces of evil.

To join a local gathering praying the Rosary please contact the following members who coordinate First Monday Rosary gatherings in their areas:
Dame Louise Garcia ( San Pedro and South Bay areas
Sir Dan and Dame Rose Grimm (805-551-6746 or Santa Barbara, Ventura areas
Sir Tom Blumenthal ( West Side area
Sir Peter and Dame Sharyn Godfrey ( Northeast and San Gabriel Valley areas

We are grateful to Sir Larry and Dame Jo Anne Lazar who will now coordinate the First Monday Rosary gatherings in the San Fernando Valley.  Their email address is

2020 OneLife Walk for Life

On Saturday January 18th, our Grand Prior, H.E. Sir Jose Gomez KC*HS, led 35,000 enthusiastic faithful in the 2020 OneLife LA Walk for Life. The walk started from La Placita Church to a huge gathering held at the LA State Historic Park.

Joining our Archbishop Gomez were members of the Equestrian Order and Regional Bishops including the Very Rev. Sir Marc Trudeau, KC*HS, the Very Rev. Sir Robert Barron, KC*HS, and the Very Rev. Sir Joseph Brennan,KC*HS, Bishop of Fresno. Members of the Order were represented in the walk which was coordinated by the Knights of Columbus, led by Sir Richard Marciniak, KHS, and assisted by Sir Don Keegan, KGCHS.

Throughout the march and just behind the Archbishop and Bishops, the flag of the Order was proudly carried, flanked by the flag of the Order of Malta.

Deus lo vult.

Submitted by Sir Dennis and Dame Susan De Pietro, Los Angeles Area Co-Councillors 



Orange Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Orange
Dame Kristin and Sir Stephen Luchetta


EOHSJ Orange Area Spirituality Newsletter

Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Solemnity of the Body & Blood of Christ

Solemnity of the Body & Blood of Christ

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

Click here to download the June Newsletter


Procession of Our Lady of Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 2019  

By Sir Doug & Dame Carol Batezel

What a blessing it was on October 12, 2019 to attend and represent the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem at the procession of Our Lady of Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico. Carol, my wife, and I have never witnessed, outside of Rome, the magnitude of faithful Catholics as we did for this holy event. Over two million faithful followers of Christ lined the streets, attended Mass and praised Our Lady in the form of an icon. It was truly breathtaking.


The archbishop of Guadalajara blessing the icon



Early morning assembly prior to the 8 mile procession

Our US members (from the Western, Northwest, and Southern Texas Lieutenancies, and Dame Deborah and Sir Patrick Powers) were matched by the Mexican contingency who were instantly made firm and fast friends and walked with us the whole eight miles. Tired, thirsty and hungry (offered up to God) we shared a meal afterward.



Breaking bread after the procession: Sir Patrick and Dame Deborah Powers, Dame Trudy Comeau, Lieutenant of the Toronto Lieutenancy, Dame Carol and Sir Doug Batezel, and members of the Guadalajara Lieutenancy


Carol and I also saw a new and emerging Mexico that many Americans don’t see. Up to now, our only impression was gained through border towns and cruise ship ports. I can tell everyone, that this limited exposure was only one view of Mexico and it is not the norm. They are warm, vibrant, faith people who I will call our North American brothers. If there is an opportunity for you to attend the Romeria next year, place it on your bucket list. We may be returning next year.

2019 Orange Area Summer Events

June’s Quarterly Mass and Rosary

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, 36 members of the Orange Area attended our Quarterly Mass and Rosary at the Shroud Center of Southern California located at the Santiago Retreat Center in Silverado, CA. The morning began with Mass celebrated by Msgr. Ted Olson, KCHS and the recitation of the Rosary. After the Mass, we gathered in the multi-purpose room for pastries, coffee, and social time.


Lee Sweeney, Director of the Shroud Center, presenting the history of the Shroud of Turin

  After the break, we regrouped in the Divine Mercy Chapel for a special presentation on the history of the Shroud of Turin. Sir Dave Belz and Lee Sweeney, Director of the Shroud Center, led the presentation on the history and scientific evidence on the shroud. They also presented a full-size original Kodak photograph of the actual Shroud from the 1978 scientific study conducted by world renowned scientists including Barrie Schwortz.

The Shroud of Turin is the most scientifically studied artifact in all of history. The Shroud Center of Southern California has one of the most complete collections concerning the Shroud of Turin in North America.

Special thanks to Sir Terry and Dame Kathy McGaughan, Sir Dave Belz, and the Spirituality Team who organized this special event. Sir Terry also produced a special trifold of the Shroud for attendees. The members thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.

Dedication of Christ Cathedral

The Diocese of Orange, the 10th largest Catholic Diocese in the United States, dedicated the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The architectural landmark, formerly known as Crystal Cathedral, was purchased in February 2012.

          The interior of Christ Cathedral during the dedication.


Bishop Kevin Vann anointing the altar

  The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, KC*HS, Bishop of Orange, led the solemn ceremony that lasted four hours. Over 3,000 people attended the invitation-only event, including priests and representatives of the 62 parishes in Orange County.

The Western USA Lieutenancy, headed by H.E. Lieutenant Michael S. Feeley, KGCHS and Chancellor Dame Margie Romano, DGCHS, was honored to participate in the processional. Christ Cathedral is open for Mass on weekends only, while the Hazel Wright Organ undergoes tuning; the organ will be dedicated in May 2020.​


KHS members who attended the Cathedral’s dedication: Sir Terry and Dame Kathy McGaughan, Dame Sally and Sir Bill Green, Dame Janet and Lieutenant Sir Michael Feeley, Chancellor Dame Margie and Sir Tom Romano, Dame Kristin and Sir Steve Luchetta, Dame Sophia and Sir Laurin Dodd


Ordination to the Priesthood

On Saturday, July 27, 2019, the Most Reverend Kevin Vann, KC*HS, Bishop of Orange, ordained six men to the priesthood in the first Ordination, an ancient and solemn ceremony, at the newly dedicated Christ Cathedral. The Orange Area of the Western USA Lieutenancy was honored to participate in the procession.  

                   EOHSJ members in procession

The faith and dedication of the newly ordained priests are a blessing to Orange County and to the Catholic Church. Three will start their assignments at local parishes; the other three will continue their studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Visit to Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church

On Thursday, August 1, 2019, 21 Knights, Dames, and candidates visited Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church in Santa Ana. We were welcomed by Rev. Karekin Bedourian, Pastor of Forty Martyrs and enjoyed an incredible discussion about the history of the Armenian Church throughout the centuries.

Fr. Karekin Bedourian with EOHSJ members and candidates

  Rev. Sir John Monestero also contributed to the evening’s question and answer section with Fr. Bedourian. They educated the group on the similarities and differences between the Oriental Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.


Thanks to Fr. Monestero for arranging this incredible evening.

Orange Area Day of Recollection

On Saturday, August 3, 2019 the Orange Area EOHSJ, along with the Order of Malta, hosted the Annual Day of Recollection at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, in Irvine. Thanks to Rev. Sir John Janze, Pastor of St. Thomas More, for continuing the tradition. More than 100 Knights, Dames, and candidates attended the event. The day began with a continental breakfast and fellowship. Sir Rev. Sir John Monestero and Rev. Eric Hollas, OSB were our special guest speakers.    

Order of Malta Section President Ed Godlewski and Orange Area Co-Councillors Sir Stephen and Dame Kristin Luchetta welcoming the members of both EOHSJ and Malta to the Annual Day of Recollection

Fr. Monestero gave an informative talk on Blessed Bartolo Longo, an Italian lawyer and lay member of the EOHSJ, who is up for canonization. His fascinating story begins with hardship and his ultimate turning away from his Catholic faith, only to begin studying the occult at the university. Before long he was “ordained” as a priest of Satan. The faithful prayers of his family finally broke through and Bartolo began the work of coming back to his Catholic faith, through the direction of a Dominican priest. He focused on the Rosary and the love he felt of the Blessed Mother. For more than 50 years, he preached the Rosary, founded schools, established orphanages and transformed the city of Pompeii. October 5th is his feast day.

Fr. Hollas presented a descriptive lecture on the roles of both the EOHSJ and the Order of Malta in the early Crusades. He described the life and challenges of people during the 1100s, both in Europe and the Holy Land. He detailed the roles that each Order played in the ongoing conflicts and how the roles of the Orders today follow a similar path, namely, to support the Christian presence and sites in the Holy Land.

Each year we highlight a ministry that helps support Christians in the Holy Land. This year’s ministry is Hogar Niño Dios. We shared how this special home provides a loving and safe environment for children with special needs. Thanks to the generosity of those members of both the EOHSJ and the Order of Malta, we raised over $7,900 for Hogar.

We concluded the day with the celebration of the Mass. The Most Reverend Timothy Freyer, KC*HS was the Celebrant, along with Fr. Sir Janze, Fr. Monestero, Fr. Hollas and Rev. Sir Joseph Nettekoven, concelebrating.




Bishop Freyer concelebrating the Mass with Fr. John Janze, Fr. John Monestero, Fr. Joesph Nettekoven – all member priests

Our thanks to the Orange Area members who helped with the planning of this annual event.

Submitted by Sir Stephen Luchetta, KGCHS and Dame Kristin Luchetta, DGCHS Orange Area Co-Councillors

Interfaith Visit At Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church – March 2019

On Tuesday evening of March 26th, 27 members of the Orange Area gathered at Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, California, for an interfaith visit. Fr. John Monestero, our Justice & Peace (J&P) Spiritual Leader, organized the event in line with the J&P Committee’s mission to broaden the Orange Area members’ perspective on various religious denominations.

Our host, Fr. Steve Tchichlis, Saint Paul’s pastor, graciously greeted us in the main sanctuary. He gave an informative and engaging talk on the similarities and differences between the Roman Catholic and the Greek Orthodox Churches. He also updated us on how the Christians are doing in Islamic Turkey, especially the Greek Patriarch of Constantinople (now known as Istanbul).

Fr. Steve Tchichlis leading the discussions

Fr. Steve Tchichlis then led us to a wonderful tour of the church; we learned a lot about the meaning and significance of the religious icons.

St. Paul’s Church is one of the most beautiful churches in Southern California, adorned with mosaic icons created by an artist who formerly worked in the Vatican mosaic studio before starting his own studio in Rome. This church is a treasure in our own backyard.

Special thanks to Fr. John Monestero for arranging this special and memorable event and to Fr. Steve Tchichlis, our gracious host. We had an evening of fellowship and enlightenment.

Submitted by Stephen and Kristin Luchetta, Co-Councillors of the Orange Area



Lenten Retreat 2019

On Saturday, March 9, 2019, 63 members of the Orange Area attended our Annual Lenten Retreat at St. Thomas More Church in Irvine, hosted by Fr. John Janze, pastor.

Bishop Vann concelebrating the Mass with Frs. Horan, Tran, and Janze

  The morning began with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange. His homily focused on the urgent call to follow the traditions of the Lenten Season concerning prayers, fasting, and alms-giving.
After the Mass, members gathered in the multi-purpose room for the spiritual retreat moderated by our keynote speaker, Fr. Quan Tran, Parochial Vicar at Christ Cathedral and Episcopal Vicar of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Diocese of Orange.  

Fr. Quan Tran, keynote speaker and retreat moderator

Fr. Tran discussed the meaning and purpose of Catholic traditions during Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday and through the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday. He noted that Lent is a spiritual training that strengthens the soul. He echoed Bishop Vann’s homily on prayer, fasting and almsgiving as among the means to grace and holiness. He also explained the significance in our lives of the Paschal Mystery: the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord. Fr. Tran strongly emphasized that we should uphold the Lenten traditions out of love for God.

The retreat ended with a light lunch, fellowship, and the recitation of the prayer of the Western Lieutenancy.

Submitted by Stephen and Kristin Luchetta, Co-Councillors of the Orange Area.

Mid Year Meeting 2019

On Friday, March 1, 2019, 104 members of the Orange Area attended our Mid Year Meeting (MYM).


The evening began with a Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Newport Beach celebrated by Bishop Timothy Freyer, Auxiliary Bishop of Orange, and hosted by Msgr. Doug Cook, Pastor.


Sir Nick Wittner, KCHS, leads the procession

MYM Mass concelebrated by Bishop Freyer and Msgr. Doug Cook   Bishop Freyer’s homily focused on spirituality and opportunities for members to practice prayer, fasting and almsgiving and during the upcoming Lenten season.

After the Mass, members gathered at Santa Ana Country Club for dinner and fellowship. During the dinner program, Bishop Freyer shared his faith journey from Priest to Bishop. He also touched on the spirituality of the Order and Pope Francis’ focus on the spiritual growth of our members. His message was timely since we were entering the Lenten Season.

Our Lieutenant, H.E. Sir Michael S. Feeley, thanked the Orange Area for hosting the successful 2018 Annual Meeting in Orange County. He shared his inspiration from the Consulta in Rome last November and talked about the spiritual growth of all our members as noted by Bishop Freyer.


Happy attendees: Janet Feeley, Stephen Luchetta, Michael Feeley, Kristin Luchetta, Bishop Freyer, Patrick Powers, Debra Powers

The evening ended with H.E. Sir Patrick Powers, Knight of the Collar, Vice Governor General of Honor, leading the members in the prayer of the Western Lieutenancy.

Submitted by Stephen and Kristin Luchetta, Co-Councillors of the Orange Area

Feast of Our Lady Queen of Palestine – October 2018

On Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th, knights and dames of the Orange Area participated in the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady Queen of Palestine. Eucharistic celebrations were held in San Antonio de Padua church and Holy Family Cathedral. Rev. John Neneman, Knight Chaplin and Fr. Patrick Moses, a candidate for Investiture in 2019, graciously hosted the events.

We robed and processed before and after the Masses, gave short pulpit talks and greeted the respective parishioners. We gladly shared information about the Order and the various projects we sponsor and finance in the Holy Land.

Our Lieutenant, H. E. Sir Michael Feeley, has strongly encouraged the Order to observe and celebrate this feast. Last weekend’s events marked the fourth year in a row that we have participated in the celebration of this important feast day of our Order.

Submitted by Stephen and Kristin Luchetta, Co-Councillors, Orange Area

Holy Family Cathedral Mass with the icon of our Lady Queen of Palestine   Steve Lucheta, Kristin Lucheta, Lita Desales, Vince Salico, Barbara Salico, John Biale, Elena Biale. Diana Dudaniec, Peggy Eoff, Paul Eoff, Fr. John Neneman, pastor, San Antonio De Padua


Exaltation of the Holy Cross Feast Day Celebration, September 14, 2018

On Friday, September 14th, members of the Orange Area gathered at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church in Placentia for an Eastern Rite Mass to observe the Feast of the Exaltation of The Holy Cross. We gathered with the Melkite Community for Mass con-celebrated by Fr. Francois Beyrouti, Pastor of Holy Cross and Fr. John Monestero, our Justice and Peace Advisor.

After Mass we processed to the courtyard area for the traditional veneration of the Cross and fire ceremony signifying St. Helena’s celebration after locating the original cross. We then joined the congregation for desserts and coffee.

This is our second visit. We plan to make this an annual event for our Area in accordance with our Justice & Peace Committee’s mission to help educate the members of our Order, along with our Lieutenant’s wishes to celebrate the Order’s Feast Days.

Submitted by Sir Stephen and Dame Kristin Luchetta, Orange Area Co-Councillors


Monthly First Monday Rosaries are held in 5 locations in the Orange Area:
1) Irvine/Tustin
2) Anaheim
3) San Clemente / Dana Point
4) Laguna Niguel / Mission Viejo
5) Newport Beach / Costa Mesa

Dear Knights and Dames and Candidates,

On August 4th, we celebrated our 20th Half Day of Recollection at St. Thomas More Church in Irvine.  Our special thanks to Fr. John Janze for graciously hosting this annual event. This was, once again, a joint effort between the EOHSJ and the Order of Malta. Thanks also to Ed Godlewski, President of the Orange Chapter, for his help and support.  We would like to share with you some of the special  moments and photos of the day.  

Over 60 members of our Order and the Order of Malta, including candidates and provisionals, enjoyed a morning of inspirational talks, prayers and fellowship. Rabbi Michael Mayersohn enlightened us on the meaning of Jerusalem in Judaism, our own Fr. John Monestero on the History of the Crusades part XVIII, and a spirit filled liturgy led by Most Reverend Timothy Freyer.  Participants also got a first hand look at our new processional icon of Our Lady of Palestine, a gift to the Orange Area from Fr. Francois Beyrouti of Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church. We were also blessed with the presence our very own seminarian Michael Althib, who is at the Latin Seminary in Beit Jala. Michael is from Southern California and has four more years of study. Please keep Michael in your prayers. 

We raised $5,025 from our collection to support the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. If you were unable to attend the Half Day of Recollection and would like to donate to the Holy Family Hospital, please mail us your check.

Thanks to all the members who attended, brought goodies, contributed to collection and helped organize this event.

May Our Queen of Palestine bless you and your families,  

Sir Stephen and Dame Kristin Luchetta,
Orange Area Co-Councillors
“Deus lo vult.” 

Phoenix Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Phoenix
Dame Gloria Santos
Sir Tom Castellanos


Beit Jala Seminary Thanks the Phoenix Area’s Adopt-A-Seminarian Program

On April 3, 2020, Dame Teresa Ornelas, Phoenix Area Adopt-A-Seminarian program (AASP) coordinator, received an email from Fr. Yaoub Rafidi, Rector of Beit Jala Seminary, thanking the contributing members of the Phoenix Area AASP for donating 10 laptop computers. Fr. Rafidi’s earlier email to H.E. Dame Margaret Romano, DGCHS, Lieutenant of the Western Lieutenancy, stated that the timing of the arrival of the laptop computers was perfect since the COVID-19 virus caused the closure of the minor seminary in Beit Jala and the relocation of 10 major seminarians to the Knights Palace in Jerusalem. The arrival of the laptops enabled the displaced seminarians to continue their academic studies of Philosophy and Theology via internet lectures. These laptops can also help in broadcasting holy Masses during the “shelter in place order” throughout Israel.

Major seminarians under the direction of Fr. Yaoub Rafidi, Rector, unveil their new laptops

The Phoenix Area AASP began in 2014 in direct response to the mission and challenge of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem’s mission statement: “to sustain and aid the charitable, cultural, and social works and institutions of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land”. This project incorporates the Order’s mission into a tangible plan through the active support of the Knights and Dames to develop new priests to serve the Christians in the Holy Land, thereby strengthening the Church’s presence and propagation of the faith in the area that needs it most.

The spiritual and financial support of the six founding members of the Phoenix Area AASP culminated in 2018 with a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to attend and join in the celebration of the priestly ordination of its first seminarian, Khaled Gammoh. The first program’s success led to the invitation of additional Knights and Dames from the Phoenix Area to join in the next phase of the program.
Today, there are 25 members of the Order in the Phoenix Area committed to seminarian Rames Mario Twal, who will be ordained, God willing, in 2021 or 2022. This increase in spiritual and financial participation led to the program being able to respond to the request for procurement of computers to advance the studies of the seminarians. This program would not be possible without the coordination and leadership of Dame Teresa Ornelas and the additional support of Sir Thomas Castellanos, KHS, Area Co-Councillor for the Diocese of Phoenix.

Submitted by Sir Thomas Castellanos, KHS, Area Co-Councillor for the Diocese of Phoenix


Diocese of Phoenix Celebrates Its Golden Jubilee

On December 2, 2019, the Diocese of Phoenix celebrated its Golden Jubilee with a Mass of Thanksgiving.

Thousands attended the Mass at the Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix. The theme for this 50th anniversary was “Remember the Fidelity of Jesus”. The celebration’s emphasis was on the family, the domestic Church.

Thirty two Phoenix diocese knights and dames of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem processed onto the theatre stage with Bishop Thomas Olmsted, KC*HS, our Grand Prior Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, Bishop Eduardo Nevares, and several visiting bishops, diocesan priests and deacons.

Bishop Olmsted and Archbishop Gomez were the principal celebrants of the Mass. Eight seminarians from Phoenix’ new diocesan seminary served as acolytes for this impressive Mass.

Bishop Olmsted and Archbishop Gomez concelebrating the Mass

Archbishop Gomez delivered an inspiring homily. He encouraged everyone present to realize the legacy of faith from our Spanish-born missionary priests who spread the gospel to Arizona and California via Mexico. He also encouraged everyone to offer gifts to the national church and to invite others to the catholic faith, not from programs but from heart-felt encounters with our Lord Jesus Christ.

When established in 1969, the Phoenix diocese was home to 200,000 Catholics. Today, 50 years later, it has grown 500% and serves 1.1 million catholic faithful with a diversity of cultures.

A highlight for the Diocese of Phoenix occurred on September 14, 1987 with a visit by the Pope St. John Paul II. Another memorable event was the 1989 visit of St. Teresa of Calcutta.

In 2017, the Diocese of Phoenix launched an aggressive and very successful 100 million dollar campaign for “Evangelization and Discipleship”. Bishop Olmsted stated we need to be missionaries because our diocese is growing rapidly and what was begun by St. Junipero Serra and Padre Kino must be continued into the future.

Submitted by Sir Tom Castellanos, KHS, Area Co-Councillor for the Diocese of Phoenix



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Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Tucson
Dame Karen and Sir William McEwen


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




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Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of San Diego
Dame Nancy and Sir David Schanzlin



Morning of Reflection

Knights and Dames of San Diego,

We are planning a very special Advent Morning of Reflection on Saturday morning, December 4 at All Hallows Church. Please save the date!

The Morning reflection will begin with Mass at 8:30 am celebrated by the Most Reverend Ramon Bejarano, the Auxiliary Bishop for the San Diego Diocese. Bishop Bajarano will also lead us in the morning’s Advent Reflection beginning at 9:30 am.

As a special treat, a quartet from the San Diego Symphony will play reflective music between the Bishop’s talks.

We are planning to broadcast this Morning of Reflection via Zoom to the entire Western Lieutenancy.

I hope you will find the time to join this very special Morning of Reflection as we prepare ourselves for the birth of our Lord. Details will be sent by email.

David & Nancy Schanzlin
Area Co-Councilors San Diego
Western Lieutenancy
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem





First Monday Rosary

Three Locations: Santa Sophia in Spring Valley, San Rafael Parish in Rancho Bernardo, All Hallows Parish in La Jolla.   7:00 PM
Bring a Friend to Pray the Rosary.

We are now praying the Rosary with in-person meetings. Contact your Area Co-Councillors for details.

We hope that everyone in the Order will participate in our monthly 1st Monday Rosary and pray for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Mother and Queen of Palestine, for the suffering Church in the Holy Land.

If you cannot attend please download this EOHSJ Rosary Booklet and pray along with us.

May God Bless you!

David & Nancy Schanzlin
Area Co-Councillors San Diego
858-456-2247 (home)
858-945-0081 (David’s cell)
619-203-2000 (Nancy’s cell)


San Bernardino Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of San Bernardino
Dame Densy Chandra   760-455-9345
Sir Gregory Chandra   909-556-1180


Gold Palm Award Bestowed upon Bishop Emeritus Barnes

The Diocese of San Bernardino area members were invited to make presentation at the May 2021 Annual Bishop Dinner honoring the Bishop Emeritus Sir Gerald Most Reverend Barnes, KC*HS. The Order history and the Gold Palm award bestowed upon the Bishop Emeritus articles were printed in the Program Book.

Click here to watch a video of the presentation.


Year of St. Joseph

During the Year of St. Joseph the San Bernardino Area invites speakers to share insights about St. Joseph at the First Monday Rosary. Reverend Sir Felix Just, SJ was the November guest speaker. He has created a resource website about St. Joseph (click here).

While there is not much information available about St. Joseph, Father Felix did enlighten us about St. Joseph’s many qualities and roles as revealed in the Scriptures. Watch the video presentation here.


San Bernardino Area 2021 First Monday Rosary and Fasting Schedule 

Contact your Area Co-Councillors for information about First Monday Rosaries.

West End:
Saint Anthony Catholic Church
2110 N. San Antonio Avenue.
Upland, CA 91784
Coordinator: Sir Raymond Nolte, KC*HS (617-852-4492)

Redlands and vicinity:
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
115 W. Olive Ave.
Redlands, CA 92374
Coordinators: Sir Rich Herbst, KC*HS (909-499-9940) and Dame Susie Herbst, DC*HS (909-214-1132)

Low Desert:
Date: TBA
Where: TBA

Start at 6:00 PM with prayer intentions, rosary and then a light meal.

Please call or mail me below with guest additions, prayer intentions or changes to reflect to each host.
Shannon Smith, DHS
cell:  (917)597-0309


Committees and Coordinators

Angel Ministry
Dame Dina and Deacon Sir Ayed Khader
Justice and Peace
Dame Ana and Sir Kevin Smead

Our Lady Queen of Palestine Projects
Dame Raida and Sir Nouri Sayegh
Outreach – Low Desert
Dame Mary Farrell

Outreach – West End
Dame Ruby and Sir Richard Simpson

Outreach – Hemet
Dame Muriel and Sir Wilfredo Vita

Rosary – Low Desert
Dame Marilyn and Sir Ross Willour

Rosary – San Bernardino
Dame Susie and Sir Richard Herbst

Rosary – West End
Dame Caroline and Sir Raymond Nolte

Strategic Development
Sir Thomas Davis

Dame Sharon and Sir Joe Kuebler
Dame Rebecca and Sir Jose Gutierrez
Year of Mercy
Dame Sandy and Sir Dan Miulli


Las Vegas Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Las Vegas
Dame Connie and Sir Joseph Micatrotto



The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Ordains Louis Salman,
Beneficiary of Las Vegas’ Adopt-A-Seminarian Program

In August 2021, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem ordained to the priesthood Louis Salman. Sir Joe and Dame Connie Micatrotto personally sponsored his studies at the Latin Seminary in Beit Jala under the Adopt-A-Seminarian Program. Now, he is Father Louis Salman! What a blessing!

Fr. Louis Salman celebrating his first Mass


Sir Joe and Dame Connie Micatrotto with then-seminarian Louis Salman

For 2020-21, the entire LV Council has adopted for the next six years their own Seminarian, Jiries Abu Khalil.


Las Vegas Diocese Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

The diocese is the second youngest in the United States and the top three in growth in North America. We celebrated this milestone during our in-person mid-year meeting in April 2021, attended by 120 EOHSJ members and other well-wishers. We are so blest now to have four bishops in residence in Las Vegas. The yummy cake, above, sweetened the celebration.


Las Vegas Area’s Support for Hogar Niño Dios Continues

Despite COVID-19, our support for the children and religious of Bethlehem’s Hogar Niño Dios project continues strong.

Our hearts are always with the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and volunteers who provide the love and care needed by these poor, orphaned, or abandoned children with serious mental and physical handicaps.


Las Vegas Diocese Ordains Msgr. Gregory Gordon as Its First Auxiliary Bishop

On July 16, 2021, the Las Vegas diocese ordained Msgr. Gregory Gordon, KC*HS, as its first Auxiliary Bishop. The ordination was held at the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer in Las Vegas.

More than 1,500 attended the memorable event including 100 members of the Equestrian Order, nominees, 15 bishops, and Cardinal Roger Mahony.


Hogar Niño Dios Bethlehem (Hogar) – Special Video

Sir Joe and Dame Connie Micatrotto, Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Las Vegas Area, just received a nice video from Hogar that tugs the heart. They would like to share it with the membership. The video highlights the love, care, healing and education being provided by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and volunteers to poor, orphaned or abandoned children with serious mental and physical handicap. The children’s visit at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity is particularly very touching.

Joe and Connie have a fabulous relationship with Hogar and its staff and volunteers especially Mother Roncesvalles, Fr. Carlos, and Fr. Marcelo.

Please click here to view the video. 



Faith in Action Today (FIAT)
Second Development Trip

In January/February, 2020 we made a second FIAT development trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The visit reaffirmed our commitment to the Order’s ministries in the Holy Land.  We visited Hogar Niño Dios and Notre Dame Des Douleurs in Jerusalem and Antonian Charitable Society in Bethlehem. The experience was exciting, rewarding and spiritually uplifting. 

Hogar Niño Dios – Bethlehem  

Hogar Niño Dios is not just a building but a way of showing God’s home on earth to children with no homes and in many ways have “no life”.  The nuns, priests and volunteers lovingly and unselfishly provide the severely mentally and physically impaired children of God with more then sustenance. They also  provide reasons for the children to open their eyes each day to a life of care and love. 

The 38 children are all readied for breakfast around 8:00 AM and brought into the large room where “wake up” is official with the morning clap-clap song.  No alarm clock needed.  Many of the showered children are ready and eager for breakfast, with eyes glowing with excitement and gratefulness that reflect the love of our Lord.  After breakfast, the children are taken to a big backyard for time on the swings and where possible, even soccer.  Understandably, however, those needing 100% constant care may not want or are unwilling to join.  Always having a full day are Mother Superior Roncesvalles, Fr. Marcelo, and Fr. Carlos.  All the religious belong to the Incarnate Order. 

Joe and Connie Micatrotto joyfully joined in some of the activities. These photos capture in part the children’s typical day

Ready for breakfast

On the way to the playground

Swing time

Group photo before lunch

Notre Dame Des Douleurs – Jerusalem

This is a retirement home founded in 1957 by the French congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Sorrows. It welcomes and cares for Palestinian seniors in East Jerusalem.  It celebrated its 62nd anniversary in 2019.  Since its founding, poor and isolated people have been welcomed to be treated and accompanied on the human and spiritual levels and respect of their beliefs. Father Jean-Francois Claus, director of the home, said: “Our mission is to welcome all elderly persons, even if they are destitute. Our aim is to take care of them.”              

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Joe and Connie Micatrotto interacting with Notre Dame residents

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Connie Micatrotto saying hello to the elderly residents

Antonian Charitable Society (ACS)

Bethlehem ACS is a fabulous group of men and women under the guidance of the Franciscan Holy Land community. It provides a welcoming home as well as a social center for residents of Bethlehem and the surrounding areas. The home is operated by full time staff and volunteers, who lovingly care for, feed and interact with elderly men and women who often have no other place to turn to for assistance. During our visit, we witnessed the outpouring of love and compassion everywhere.  Nuns cook, clean and generally oversee the full time residents as well as local visitors who socially interact with residents during daytime activities.  We assisted in social games and helped the more disabled with companionship and aid in feeding and exercise.     

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Joe Micatrotto with two elder residents 

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Connie Micatrotto feeding one of the residents 

Submitted by Dame Connie and Sir Joseph Micatrotto, Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Las Vegas


Introducing Louis Salman, Beneficiary of our
Adopt-A-Seminarian Program

We have been blessed beyond measure with Louis Salman, whom we personally sponsored under our Adopt-A-Seminarian Program. We are honored to support him during his years at the Beit Jala seminary.

Louis hails from Amman, Jordan. He received his BS in Computer Graphics/Animation from the University of Princess Sumaya in Amman. After working in the graphics/animation industry for three years, he answered God’s call and entered the Seminary. He is now in his Pastoral Year and within 18 months of ordination to the priesthood.

For over three years Louis has shared with his adoptive American family his birth family in Amman. His mom is a homemaker. His dad is a professional Human Skills trainer in both English and Arabic. Louis has two brothers and a sister who just graduated from the University of Madaba in Jordan.

Louis is a joy in our lives and we are praying to be at his ordination in about two years. Our dream is to have him visit us and the Las Vegas Council of the EOHSJ in the near future.

Blessings in abundance,

Submitted by Dame Connie and Sir Joseph Micatrotto, Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Las Vegas



2019 Annual Retreat on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

Greetings! We had a very successful second annual retreat on September 14th, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, at the Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas. Total attendance of 55 members and 21 investees and guests, was 33% higher than last year.

Monsignor Greg Gordon, KHS, our Knight Chaplain, led the retreat. He is also our spiritual director for the next Las Vegas pilgrimage to the Holy Land in October 2020.

Msgr. Greg Gordon leading the retreat

We started at 9:30 AM and ended with a Vigil Mass at 2:30 PM. A plenary indulgence was available to those who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, received Holy Communion, and prayed for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Tim Glemkowsk, our special Guest Speaker from Denver, Colorado, is a phenomenal Catholic international lay teacher and founder of L’Alto Catholic Institute. He focused on family and our vision of the Order. He strongly suggested that we consider him as our annual meeting speaker.

Tim Glemkowsk, Guest Speaker

We also had our own Fr. Roy Kurian, a Trinitarian priest from India and Associate at St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Church in Las Vegas. He and Msgr. Gordon made themselves available to administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Blessings in abundance,

Joe Micatrotto KCHS and Connie Micatrotto DCHS

Faith in Action Today (FIAT)

Blessings to all. When we hear the word FIAT, some immediately think of our Blessed Mother Mary’s complete surrender to the Divine Plan.  Others may be car fanatics and think about the old Fiat 126 Spyder (we owned one in 1976). But, it is our prayer that in the near future, EOHSJ members in the Western Lieutenancy and hopefully the entire Order – worldwide – will consider and take into heart FIAT.

FIAT is Pilgrimage 2.0, an exciting new formatted pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It allows members to venture into depths of care, concern, and assistance. Unlike anything offered in the past, it underscores what is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the Gospel at ALL times and when necessary use words.”, or in the great words of St James (2:17): Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

So, what is it and when can we go?  As envisioned, it’s a major project under the Holy Land initiative headed by three members: Dame Denise Scalzo, Dame Connie Micatrotto and Sir Joe Micatrotto. This idea germinated in our minds after a number of personal pilgrimages to the Holy Land that left us wondering: as Knights and Dames what more could we do with our own gifts and talents for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land?

All who traveled on a pilgrimage had that feeling of both joy and a bit of emptiness. We believe there could be more -.much more – than showing up on these superb spiritual events. Thus, we conceived the idea of FIAT to create a comprehensive personal and physical interactive vehicle that will bring together common interests, concerns and dedicated actions.

 Notre Dame des Douleurs (Jerusalem)
Joe Micatrotto with the young residents


Notre Dame des Douleurs (Jerusalem)
Connie Micatrotto with the elderly residents

In March 2019 we made the first development and planning trip specifically for this project. We visited various EOHSJ-sponsored assistance projects we could use as the genesis for FIAT. Many names are familiar, such as Hogar Niño Dios, St Yves center, Beit Jala Seminary, while others may be newer to the fold.  The response and excitement is strong.  During our visit with Apostolic Administrator, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, one of the priests who attended the meeting stated “FIAT, as a project and cause, is spiritual dynamite!”:

Hogar Niño Dios (Bethlehem)
Connie and Joe Micatrotto with sister Pia


Hogar Niño Dios(Bethlehem)
Joe Micatrotto with Fr. Marcelo

The areas of concentration can grow but at this point we have five major points:

1) Economic opportunities in business and industry
2) Educational pursuits at all levels.
3) Health and safety issues/concerns
4) Social justice and legal matters
5) Spiritual solidarity and nourishment

When does it begin?   We are at the Genesis and the book of Revelation seems distant. But, with your prayers and support and If God wills it we hope to commence in late 2020. Early next year we will make another fact finding and binding trip. Our Lieutenant has given us the direction to move in a fashion that emphasizes team work and dedication of purpose. Through emails, publications, and meetings your Area Councillors will keep the membership informed and updated.  We STRONGLY encourage members to make their respective pilgrimage to the Holy Land and receive the Pilgrim Shell, as it is a must for making a FIAT.

Finally, our Lord made it very clear why He came to live among us – to teach us how to live together and love God and our Neighbors.  This project puts us next to the Lord as role models following Jesus, our savior and ultimate role model.

We have no delusions. This is not a magic wand or the only answer to retaining and increasing the Christian presence in the Holy Land.  But, we do believe that if we can provide the “few pieces of bread and fish”, our Lord will multiply these efforts beyond anything we could envision.

Blessings in God’s abundance

Joe Micatrotto KCHS
Connie Micatrotto DCHS



Click here to read the 2018 pilgrimage diary of Sir Joe and Dame Connie Micatrotto:

“44 Steppers Plus One….Holy Land pilgrimage in April 2018”


May 15, 2018

A magnificent blessing for all, especially for the 40+ members of the EOHSJ Las Vegas (LV) Council who attended this historic and SRO event held on May 15th at the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer in LV. Thirty two bishops, two cardinals, and Pope Francis’s representative, His Excellency Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the US, oversaw the installation of Bishop George Leo Thomas as the third bishop of the LV Diocese. Bishop Thomas, a member of the EOHSJ since 1994, was formerly the bishop of Helena, Montana. Sir Michael Feeley and Dame Margie Romano also attend the two-hour ceremony.

Our own Father Robert Stoeckig said in his opening of the event that ”this is what we call a FULL HOUSE in our Las Vegas Shrine.” From that moment on, the tone of celebration and spiritual joy was set. All felt the exuberance and love from our new bishop. In his fabulous homily, he shared his vision for our diocese. His powerful reflection on Pope John XXlll’s thoughts on the Second Vatican Council provided a guiding light for all.

We are blessed in LV, with a huge Roman Catholic population of over 800,000, to have all three of our bishops (including Bishop Walsh and Bishop Pepe), still with us. The LV Council is fortunate to have two bishops in our fold!

During the ceremony, we were presented to His Excellency as Area Councillors of the EOHSJ. He remarked that he is looking forward to becoming a part of our LV Council.

We had a marvelous reception across the street at the Luxor hotel with a Western-Mexican menu on the buffet circuit.

Thank you and God bless,

Joe/Connie Micatrotto KCHS/DCHS

Biography of Bishop Thomas

Bishop Thomas was born in 1950 in Anaconda, Montana. In 1972 he entered St. Thomas Seminary, in Bothell, Washington and was ordained to the priesthood in 1976.

He held various assignments in the Archdiocese of Seattle including chancellor and vicar general for 17 years. Following the death of Archbishop Murphy in 1997, he was elected administrator for the Archdiocese of Seattle until the appointment of Archbishop Alexander Brunett, who re-appointed Father Thomas as vicar general.

In November 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle. In March 2004, he was named Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, Montana.

Bishop Thomas holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity, Master’s Degree in counseling and community mental health, and Doctor of Philosophy degree with an area of specialty in Pacific Northwest mission history.

Bishop Joseph Pepe of Las Vegas Retires

February 28, 2018
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph A. Pepe, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada, and has named Bishop George L. Thomas as his successor, up until now the Bishop of Helena, Montana.  Bishop Thomas, KC*HS, has been a member of the Equestrian Order since 1994.
Click here for the full story from the USCCB.

Salt Lake City Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Salt Lake City
Sir Raymond and Dame Rolinda Dardano


Equestrian Order invests new members from Utah
Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

Courtesy photo/Ray and Rolinda Dardano

By Special to the Intermountain Catholic

Members of the Salt Lake Area of the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem are shown at the recent annual meeting in Las Vegas.

The Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) held its first in-person annual meeting in two years in Las Vegas. The theme of the meeting was “Upon This Rock;” it was held in the Red Rocks area west of the city. The meeting weekend was spirit-filled and began with a “Rosary Under the Stars” at a ranch in Red Rock Canyon, a wonderful setting to come together as one community to pray for the Christians in the Holy Land.

That evening set the tone for a weekend of prayer and celebration, including a memorial Mass for the members who passed away in the past year. Presiding was the Most Rev. George L. Thomas, KC*HS Bishop of Las Vegas. Concelebrating was the Grand Prior of the Western Lieutenancy, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez, KC*HS, Archbishop of Los Angeles, along with 13 other prelates.

Members of the Salt Lake Area who passed away prior to September and that were remembered at the Mass were Sir Ross Brunetti, KCHS; Sir Michael Joseph, KGCHS; Dame Nora Mancuso, DCHS; and Sir Renaldo (Randy) Spagnoletti, KHS. The Saturday Mass also recognized the promotion in rank of more than 90 members, four of whom are members from the Salt Lake Council.

A Sunday Mass included the investiture of more than 60 new members to the Order, a larger-than-average group that spanned the two years since the last in-person annual meeting. The Masses were held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, a relatively new parish in Las Vegas; the music ministry was provided by the parish choir and orchestra.

The EOHSJ focuses on the growth of the spirituality of its members and providing spiritual and financial support to Christians and Christian entities providing humanitarian services in the Holy Land. The Christians in most of the Holy Land communities are largely dependent either directly or indirectly upon tourism for their livelihood, so the pandemic continues to impact them greatly. It was reported at the meeting that the spiritual and financial support provided by the worldwide EOHSJ has been uplifting to those who strive to maintain their lives under these severe conditions.

For information regarding the EOHSJ, including how to help with the humanitarian fund, visit

Ray and Rolinda Dardano are the Area Co-Councillors for the Salt Lake Area of the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Honolulu Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Honolulu
Dame Ann and Sir Thomas Brehm