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News of the Grand Magisterium
and the Western USA Lieutenancy



North America Zoom Meeting

Saturday, October 31, 2020, 8:00am PDT

Featured Speaker:
Sami El-Yousef – CEO of the Latin Patriarchate

Mr. Sami El-Yousef is Chief Executive Officer of the Latin Patriarchate. He was appointed in June, 2017, by H.E. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, becoming the first lay person to assume this position. 
In the last three years, he has instituted many procedural changes improving the efficiency of the administrative office. Most notably, Mr. El-Yousef has greatly improved the flow of communications coming from the Latin Patriarchate through frequent newsletters, a greatly improved website, videos messages, and other means.
On Saturday, October 31, Mr. El-Yousef will join us via Zoom to give an update on the situation in the Latin Patriarchate and life in the Holy Land areas. The Zoom meeting will begin at 8:00am (morning!) Pacific time. There will be some time for questions that can be sent to the moderator using the Zoom chat feature.
Register to Attend
As an event of the Order, pre-registration is required at the North America website:
On October 29, each person registering will receive an email from with a link and instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting. If you have any questions or require technical support in joining this meet, please contact Tim Milner at
Please continue to keep the people in the Holy Land in your daily prayers!!


Booklet for the Speaker Series ‘Portraits of the Holy Land’ 

A special new booklet, complete with maps and illustrations, accompanies the three-part speaker series, “Portraits of the Holy Land – Transformation and Tribulation” with Fr. David Neuhaus.
Click here to download.


The Grand Magisterium’s 2019 Annual Newsletter 

Be sure to see:
  • Article: “The Members of the Order are Like Ambassadors of the Holy Land”
  • Article: Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Ninth Grand Master of the Order
Click here to read Jerusalem Cross 2019 Annual with PDFviewer.

Click here to see or download the PDF file of Jerusalem Cross 2019 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

H.E. Michael Scott Feeley
appointed to
Grand Magisterium of the
Order of the Holy Sepulchre

H.E. Michael Scott Feeley, Lieutenant of Honor and seventh Lieutenant of the Western USA Lieutenancy, has been appointed a member of the Grand Magisterium of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. The Cardinal Grand Master directed that Sir Michael’s four year mandate commences on January 1, 2020. The Grand Magisterium is the international governing body of the Order.

In addition to Sir Michael, there are currently two other American members of the Grand Magisterium: H.E Tom Pogge, the Vice-Governor General for North America, and H.E. Mary O’Brien, the former Lieutenant of the Northwestern USA Lieutenancy.

Congratulations to H.E. Sir Michael!




His Eminence Cardinal
Fernando Filoni appointed
Grand Master of
the Order of the Holy Sepulchre


By decision of the Holy Father, His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni has been appointed Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre starting this December 8 2019, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We publish below the official communiqué of His Eminence Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, Grand Master of the Order since 2012, who concludes his mandate a few months after reaching the age of 80.

“It is with complete acceptance and appreciation that I welcome the decision of Pope Francis to replace me as Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. I am especially pleased that His Holiness has appointed His Eminence Fernando Cardinal Filoni as my successor.

“I have been privileged well beyond the time of my letter of resignation, submitted over five years ago. Throughout my more than eight years as Grand Master, my personal faith and love of our Church have deepened as I have witnessed our members’ commitment to the goals of our Order, expressed in different cultures and languages, all profoundly Catholic!

“I am most grateful to the two Governors General with whom I have served, Their Excellencies, Professor Agostino Borromeo and Ambassador Leonardo Visconti di Modrone. Our collaborators in the Grand Magisterium and the daily, dedicated service of our office staff largely account for the steady growth of our Order. Their commitment to our lieutenancies and to the mission of the Latin Patriarchate has been unwavering.

“Finally, I welcome His Eminence, Cardinal Filoni as Our Grand Master. His long and broad pastoral and administrative experience in service to the Universal Church will be precious assets as he leads our Order into the future. I offer him my full and fraternal support as I beg the continued intercession of Our Lady of Palestine.”

Announcement by the Grand Magisterium, December 8, 2019

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 January 2021 is now available.

Be sure to see:
  • Grand Master’s Message: “I Wish You All a Happy 2021”
  • Two Major Events in Honour of Our Lady of Palestine

Click here to read Jerusalem Cross #60 with PDFviewer.

Click here to see or download the PDF file of Jerusalem Cross #60.

“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 Nino 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.


Western Lieutenancy – Upcoming 2021 Mid-Year Meetings

 San Bernardino  TBD  TBD
 Los Angeles  TBD  TBD
 San Diego Saturday March 6;
10:30 – 12:00
Via Zoom; Contact Area Councillor
 Salt Lake City  TBD  TBD
 Tucson  TBD  TBD
 Phoenix  TBD  TBD
 Las Vegas  TBD  TBD
 Orange  TBD  TBD


Western Lieutenancy – Upcoming Annual Meetings


Looking ahead, please note the dates and locations
for the 2021 Annual Meeting (AM) as shown below.

The venue is considered spectacular;
for highlights, refer to the website.


2021 – Diocese of Las Vegas

September 30 – October 4, 2021

Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
Las Vegas, Nevada

Msgr. Marc Trudeau appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Msgr. Trudeau has served as the Ecclesiastical M.C.
for the Western Lieutenancy 

Read the full story from the Angelus News

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


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 continue to say the Rosary at home.

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 

LA Area Members in Action at the 2019 Phoenix Annual Meeting

Several Los Angeles Area members and guests attended the 2019 Annual Meeting in Phoenix.  On Friday evening, Sir Dennis and Dame Susan De Pietro, LA Area Co-Councillors, hosted a private pre-dinner LA Reception to celebrate Route 66;  it was a lively and buzzing event.  Dames in colorful and cute Route 66 shirts made the evening pow-wow more memorable.  Members, investees (among them: Kristy Van Cleve and husband, Mark Van Cleve, Frank McKown), and guests mingled freely, exchanged pleasantries and congratulated Dame Margie Romano for her elevation to the post as Lieutenant.  Most of them met for the first time Sarah Knob, our new Executive Director.

Action photos taken during the Friday night reception and celebration memorialize the events. Among the happy and tireless attendees: Beaming Margie and Sarah, Tres Route 66 Amigas, Dennis and Susan polishing the dance floor in earnest, Incoming treasurer Sir Brad Sharp, outgoing treasurer Dame Rita Liebelt, Hon. Sir George Kalinski, Rev. Sir John Montejano and many others.


Photos taken the following day: the newly-installed Lieutenant, Dame Margie, with Sir Dennis and Dame Susan; Sir Michael Feeley, our former immediate Lieutenant with a special ”Thank You” gift presented by Dames Rita and Margie.


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


On Saturday, March 9th, St. Bede the Venerable Church in La Canada-Flintridge hosted the 2019 Los Angeles Archdiocese area Mass and mid-year meeting. We are grateful to their Pastor, the Very Rev. Sir Antonio Cacciapuoti and the staff at St. Bede for their hospitality.

About 110 knights and dames, investees and guests participated. Ms. Belinda Wulke, the Parish Liturgical Director, extended an invitation to the St. Bede parishioners to attend the Mass. She placed invitation flyers describing the work of the Order in their Sunday bulletin.

Grand Prior H.E. José H. Gomez, KC*HS, was principal celebrant and homilist. We are so grateful for his presence and involvement in these midyear meetings. We were also honored to have the Most Reverend Sir Joseph Brennan, KC*HS, as concelebrant.

Our gratitude to Rev. Sir Brian Nunes, for coordinating the liturgy and to Deacon Sir Ryan Adams, for being the Deacon of the Word. Participating clergy included Rev. Sir Dave Heney, Very Rev. Sir Francis Hicks, Rev. Sir William Connor and Deacon Sir Louis Roche.

Those who assisted in the liturgy:

Cross bearer: Sir Teo Zeolla, KCHS
Banner bearer: Dame Raida Sayegh, DGCHS
Our Lady of Peace icon bearers: Dame Mary Beth Legg, DHS, and Sir Scott Scherer, KC*HS
Reader: Dame Louise Tamberg, DHS
Intentions: Dame Gloria Wiley, DHS
Gift bearers: Dame Gabriela Reitzell, DHS and Sir Don Keagan, KGCHS

Special thanks to:

Dame Rosa Cumare, DGCHS, for facilitating the liturgy, liturgical music and underwriting the programs;
Dame Judy Brooks, DCHS, and Sir Jim Brooks, KCHS, for coordinating the event and underwriting the invitations.

After the reception and lunch, historian Michael Grumbine spoke about just wars and the Crusades. Our dear Chancellor and incoming Lieutenant, Dame Margaret Romano, KGCHS, delivered the Lieutenant’s presentation.

We are grateful to have these midyear meetings in parishes with member Clergy. It is both an opportunity for members to visit other Parishes and also as an outreach by the Order to fellow Catholics who are not familiar with our mission.


EOHSJ Holy Land Economic Development Fund

Most Reverend Sir Marc Trudeau will lead a committee in formation which will advance in the Los Angeles Archdiocese area the goals of the EOHSJ Holy Land Economic Development Fund (HLEDF).  This initiative is a project of the Western Lieutenancy Justice and Peace Committee and is overseen locally by Sir Peter and Dame Sharyn Godfrey, the Los Angeles Archdiocese area Justice and Peace Coordinators.  The HLEDF is the next generation of what was the microloan project established by members in the Diocese of Orange. It  has been and continues to be very successful in directly assisting businesses by providing small amounts of short term capital.  We are so grateful to Bishop Marc for giving of his already precious time to head this committee.  If you would like to be a part of this effort  please email us at  If you are asked to join the committee, please say yes!

As We Approach Holy Week

The following video  provided by Dame Jo Anne Lazar  was  filmed by documentary cinematographer Ms. Trish Geiger: It captures  members from St. Charles Borromeo entering the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and entering the edicule.


Orange Area News

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


EOHSJ Orange Area Spirituality Newsletter

Honoring Our Mothers and St. Joseph the Worker


Click here to download the 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 Nino 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



tusconTucson Area News

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


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


Diocese of Tucson Lenten Retreat – February 2020

The Diocese of Tucson Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) gathered for a Lenten Retreat on February 29, 2020. The retreat was held at the beautiful Redemptorist Renewal Center 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.”  This setting provides an opportunity to reflect on the Lenten season.

Rev. Sir Martin Martinez, KHS, Pastor San Martin de Porres Parish served as the Retreat Master.

He is a proud native Tucsonan. He shared his family’s history with the city of Tucson including that his grandmother was the sacristan at Saint Augustine Cathedral in the 1920’s.

The Retreat began with Mass.  Fr. Martin was assisted by Deacon Ken; Janna Todd shared her gift of music.  In his homily Fr. Martin spoke about the Lord being present and available. The Lord uses grace to join Him and reach out to others.  Remember, that prayer makes Jesus Christ present and available.

Fr. Martin asked that everyone reflect on our graces and become instruments of God.        



Deacon Ken during Mass



EOHSJ Members after Mass



Retreat gets going

The theme of the retreat, “Life of Prayer”, is apropos for the Lenten Season.  Prayer is a mysterious encounter with God and satisfies an internal desire for God.  The beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, is a time when Catholics outwardly share the faith with an ashen cross on the forehead.  Lent is time to “recapture” prayer every day.  Fr. Martin offered suggestions in overcoming difficulties in finding the time to pray.  Steps to finding time include:

  • When are you most receptive?
  • Pray realistically, consistently and begin slowly
  • Pray with inspiration using the rosary, the bible, scripture or the daily readings
  • Pray inspirationally by asking what do I want or desire?
  • Pray hoping to receive answers, connection, help, peace or solace
  • When are you most un-interrupted?
  • What time is most consistently open?
  • When do you not have commitments to a spouse or family?
  • When do you not have commitments to others?

Prayer requires recollection, meditation, and calmness.  Finding the time is a fundamental element of spiritual growth.  Prayer is about spending time with God.  Prayer is the foundation of spiritual life and is the time we see God in ourselves:

  • Acknowledge the presence of God by making Him the focus of prayer
  • Relate to God as a friend by praying what is in your heart
  • Receive the response remembering that God may speak in silence, but we must learn to listen
  • Respond knowing that prayer is not static saying “what is done – Amen”
  • Begin with gratitude as we are continually blessed by God even if we are not aware of it.
  • Petition knowing God and that God knows us
  • Review where God was in my day and how did I respond
  • Respond by asking for forgiveness of our failings
  • Look ahead for spiritual progress

Praying everyday strengthens our relationship with the Lord and during the time of Lent, prayer can bring you closer to God.  Fr. Martin shared the four steps of prayer:

St Ignatius of Loyola offers a format of prayer in five steps known as The Examine, using the principles of Consolation (moving toward God) and Desolation (moving away from God).  The goal is to work on prayer and pray more.  The Examine is a process to improve our prayer life and make it more purposeful.

Fr. Martin made the case that praying is an important aspect of spiritual life and provided a guide to a meaningful prayer experience and how prayer can and does improve our relationship with God.  He asked that we make prayer a part of our day.

He also asked for prayers for all members of the EOHSJ.

Submitted by Sir David Ball, KCHS

Photos:  Sir Bill McEwen, KGCHS

Tucson Advent Retreat – November 2019

The EOHSJ of the Diocese of Tucson held an Advent retreat on November 9th at St. Thomas Apostle Church. Reverend Greg Adolf, KCHS, served as the retreat leader. He celebrated Mass to honor the feast day of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica. The basilica was consecrated in AD 324. At every annual feast day celebration, the Catholic faithful are encouraged to keep strong ties to our past and to the universal Catholic Church.

In his homily, Father Greg spoke about the history of the basilica being rebuilt despite fires and earthquakes. While structures can be rebuilt and updated, the real beauty of any Church is in the people. People provide the living witness of the good news of Jesus and share the Catholic faith.


The theme of the retreat was a “Pilgrimage with Mary from Nazareth to the Cross.” The journey includes seven stops.

1. Nazareth – While Mary was considered of minimal importance because she was a woman, young, and poor she still spoke her unconditional yes to God’s invitation. The retreat participants reflected on the question of being baptized and cleansed from original sin, but place conditions on responding to God’s invitation.
2. Ein Karem – The visitation is where Mary, as the first evangelist, shares with Elizabeth the good news she received from the Angel. Mary is the living tabernacle. The group reflected on what occurred when these two women met and how the Holy Spirit was present in the encounter.
3. Bethlehem – The journey to Bethlehem was depicted as solitary. It was most likely, though, that Mary and Joseph shared the road with many others as they traveled to Bethlehem. Crowds and lines are a good thing in that we have the opportunity to meet and interact with fellow pilgrims. The retreat participants reflected on how the people sharing the road affect a journey.
4. The Temple – The Presentation is a multi-generational event with an infant, young parents, and aged people in attendance. While the actual time of the encounter was most likely brief, it changed the lives of each of those involved. The retreat participants reflected on when the “routine” of religion suddenly opens up new, and perhaps, unsettling realizations of God’s presence.
5. Finding Jesus in the Temple – In “losing” Jesus, the Holy Family apparently suffered from a breakdown in communication. Mary and Joseph each thought Jesus was with the other. The “loss” of a child, even temporarily, is very traumatic. The retreat participants reflected on what difference does it make that adolescence was part of Jesus’s human experience.
6. Cana – If a person is cash poor, then hospitality is the medium of exchange. Do not underestimate the power of the table. In changing the water to wine, Jesus ensures that no shame comes from a hospitality failure. Pope Pius XII stated that Mary spoke her yes to God’s plan during the wedding celebration. The retreat participants reflected on what this event teaches us about Mary’s intercession.
7. The Cross – Mary tried to protect Jesus as he was whipped, kicked, and driven like a beast. She could count every wound. Jesus and Mary both shared martyrdom. They hid no pain or sorrow from each other’s eyes. Saint Ambrose said “Mary did not stand beneath the cross waiting for her son to die; she stood beneath the cross waiting for God to redeem the world.” The retreat participants reflected on believing more in the power of the resurrection than the power of death.

Father Greg made many connections to a pilgrimage in the Holy Land. The references to scripture, personal experiences, and antidotes brought the journey “alive”. The retreat ended with the praying of the Rosary. Fr. Greg reminded everyone that praying the Rosary is not routine, just as breathing is not routine. It is an essential part of living each day.

Happy attendees. Knights (back row): Dcn Ken McNealy, Steven LeGendre, Richard Fuchs, Fr Greg Adolf, Dan Torrington, Ernie Nedder, Jim Ronstadt, Dr Don Ewing, Dr Alejandro Sanguineti, Henry Sarnoff, David Ball, and Dame Maryann Hockstad.
Dames (middle row): Margaret Kordsiemon, Iris Taylor, Ann Dickson, Kathy Nedder, Cindy Nuttall, Chris Ronstadt, Carol Ewing, Pat Brucker, Jordan Taillon, Margaret McNealy, Maria Sarnoff.
Dames (front row): Karen McEwen, Pat Torrington, Elaine Ball, Sandy Kolasa.

Submitted by Sir David Ball, KCHS


Bishop Emeritus Kicanas
Receives Bethlehem University Foundation Award



On November 14, 2019, the Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Papal Nuncio, hosted the Bethlehem University Foundation Annual Awards Reception at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC. His Eminence Edwin Cardinal O’Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) graced the occasion. Over 150 guests attended the event.

During the evening the Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop Emeritus of Tucson, received The Archbishop Pietro Sambi “Star of Bethlehem” Award for services to the Bethlehem University Foundation (Foundation). The award, presented by Sister Irene O’Neil CSJ, Chair, Board of Directors of the Foundation and Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor, Bethlehem University (BU), recognized the endowed scholarship in Bishop Kicanas’ name at the Foundation which provides perpetual tuition assistance for students at BU. The Tucson Area of the Western Lieutenancy initially established the Endowed Scholarship in 2016.

In accepting the award Bishop Kicanas expressed that Palestinian students at BU are making a big impact on their society. He said, “whatever we can do to support them in developing their talents and gifts will contribute to the realization of the world of peace and justice that God intends. During my visits at BU, I found it a vibrant place, teeming with energy and hope, even in the midst of often very difficult circumstances.”

His Eminence Edwin Cardinal O’Brien was invested as an Honorary Patron of the Foundation. The Foundation thanked Cardinal O’Brien and the Knights and Dames of the EOHSJ for their continuous support. The reception was an outstanding success, raising more than $400,000 in financial support for the work of the Foundation.

The Northwestern Lieutenancy of the EOHSJ was presented “The Pio Cardinal Laghi” Founders Award for outstanding support to BU and the Foundation for years of generous support and creation of the Sir John McGuckin Mentoring and Internship Program and the new Sir John McGuckin Endowed Fund.

The honoree with Knights and Dames and guests:

(Rear) L to R , Dame Ann S. Dickson, Honorable Sir Charles Irwin, Most Rev Sir Edward J. Weisenburger, Prior of the Tucson Area, Most Rev Sir Gerald Kicanas, honoree, Dame Karen and Sir Bill McEwen, Tucson Area Co-Councillors, Sister Dame Lois Paha OP;
(Front) Dame Ginny Clements, Dame Gracie Marum, Sister Charlotte Anne Swift OP (Executive Assistant to Bishop Kicanas for 17 years), Dame Maryann Hockstad. Photo by Bethlehem University Foundation.

Submitted by Dame Ann Dickson, LC*HS

Special Celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

On October 7th, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem held a special First Monday Rosary celebration with the Knights of Columbus Council 4584 at St. Andrew’s the Apostle parish in Sierra Vista, AZ. Over 100 people from the parishes of St. Andrew’s and Our Lady of the Mountain attended the celebration.

Rev. Sir Robert Neske, KHS and Rev. Sir Michael Bucciarelli, KCHS, along with the Dames and Knights led the rosary, praying for peace in the Holy Land and for the intentions of the Holy Father.


Present at the celebration was a Silver Rose, one of nine, making its way throughout North America to highlight the dignity of human life. The presentation of the Silver Rose will continue through New Mexico and Texas, before going to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.

Click here for more information on the Silver Rose program .

Submitted by Sir Thomas McClosky, KHS

Bishop Weisenburger to Lead Holy Land Pilgrimage

The Most Reverend Edward J Weisenburger, KC*HS, Bishop of Tucson will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land October 19 – 31, 2020. Dame Sister Lois Paha, 0P, DCHS, is the group coordinator.  For more information, please contact Sister Lois at or call (520) 838-2545.  Please join us “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” next October.  Click here for Save-the-Date flyer.

Dame Ann Dickson, DC*HS
Chair for the Justice & Peace Committee

Dame Victoria Ana Sanguineti, DCHS
Diocese of Tucson’s Liaison
for the EOHSJ Legacy Society

Dame Ann Dickson was invested in the EOHSJ in 2008 and became involved in Justice and Peace soon after. She has been on Pilgrimage or Study Trips to the Holy Land 10 times since her investiture, many of those with EOHSJ Pilgrimages. She is a retired Civil Servant having worked in Maryland, D.C., Germany, Virginia, and Arizona where she then retired after 30 years of service.
Dame Ann has done graduate studies in Business Administration and Pastoral Ministry and was employed as the Director of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Sierra Vista, AZ where though now “retired,” she continues to volunteer in various ministries. She would say the Holy Land is her home away from home and a “ministry” to which she is joyfully committed!

Dame Dr. Victoria Ana Sanguineti was invested in 2014 with her husband, Sir Dr. Alejandro Sanguineti. Since her investiture, she has participated in the Order’s project to help cover the educational expenses of seminarians in the Latin Patriarchate of the Holy Land. In 2016, she had the privilege to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Bishop Emeritus Gerald Kicanas and received her pilgrim shell. In 2016 she was named the Diocese of Tucson’s Liaison for the Order’s Legacy Society.
Dame Ana recently retired from her medical career as a physician and educator at the University of Arizona. She is very active in her parish, Saints Peter and Paul, in multiple ministries – as a member of the Pastoral Council, the Finance Council, Eucharistic Minister, and Lector. She continues to enthusiastically endorse the various projects in the Holy Land sponsored by the Order.



Most Rev. Sir Edward Joseph Weisenburger, KC*HS,
Introduced as Prior for the Diocese of Tucson

Most Reverend Sir Weisenburger, KC*HS, was a member of the EOHSJ for 15 years before his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson. As Prior, he has always included in diocesan liturgies the Knights and Dames of the Tucson Area in their robes. He was previously Bishop of the Diocese of Salina, Kansas, where he was the only EOHSJ member.

Bishop Weisenburger’s biodata (from the Tucson Diocese website).

Bishop Edward Weisenburger was born in Alton, Illinois on December 23, 1960, to Edward John Weisenburger and Asella (Walters) Weisenburger, the third of their four surviving children. His father was a military officer and his mother a homemaker. He grew up primarily in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he graduated from high school in 1979.

He attended Conception Seminary College in Missouri, graduating in 1983 with honors. He then attended the American College Seminary at the Catholic University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium, earning the Pontifical S.T.B. in Theology, an M.A. in Religious Studies, and a Masters in Moral and Religious Sciences. In the spring of 1987, he returned to Oklahoma and began three years of ministry at St. Mary Church in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Bishop Weisenburger was ordained to the priesthood on December 19, 1987. He attended the University of St. Paul in Ottawa, Canada from 1990-1992, earning the pontifical J.C.L. degree in canon law. Upon his return home he was appointed Vice chancellor and Adjutant Judicial Vicar. In addition to chancery and tribunal duties he did weekend parish and prison ministries from 1992 to 1995 and served as an on-site chaplain for rescue workers in the weeks following the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

In the fall of 1995 Bishop Weisenburger began 17 years of service on the Council of Priests and the College of Consulters. He also served as a member of the Seminarian Board for 15 years. In June 1996 he was appointed Vicar General of the Oklahoma Archdiocese. He was an officer with the Archdiocesan Tribunal for almost 20 years and served as Promoter of Justice for the cause of canonization of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother. In October 2009 he was appointed a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, with the title Reverend Monsignor.

He served as pastor of two parishes: Holy Trinity in Okarche, Oklahoma (1995-2002) and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City (2002-2012).

In February 2012, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Weisenburger as Bishop of Salina, Kansas. In October 2017, His Holiness, Pope Francis appointed him as Bishop of Tucson.

Bishop Weisenburger enjoys his membership in the EOHSJ and the Knights of Columbus. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Conception Seminary College and the national Catholic Rural Life organization. When time permits, he enjoys reading and occasional travel.

(Click here for a printable copy of this story.)

Submitted by Bill & Karen McEwen
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Tucson



san-diegoSan Diego Area News

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 have set the date for our next Zoom Morning of Reflection. Please mark you calendars for the morning of May 1, 2021 from 10:30 to 11:30 am.
V. Rev Sir Tom Enneking, OSC will lead a reflection:

“Loving Christ with the Heart of Joseph”.

Fr. Enneking has been a Crosier priest for over 30 years. He has served in Minnesota, Chicago, Brazil, and currently in Phoenix where he is the Conventual Prior of the Conventual Priory of Holy Cross.
We hope that you will be able to join this Zoom Reflection. Details will be sent by email.


First Monday Rosary

Three Locations Santa Sophia, San Rafael, All Hallows.   7:00 PM
Bring a Friend to Pray the Rosary

We are now praying the Rosary both by in-person meetings and by Zoom. Please contact your San Diego 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


28th Anniversary for Bishop Barnes’ Episcopal Ordination

Today marks the 28th Anniversary for Bishop Barnes’ Episcopal Ordination. He was installed as our Auxiliary Bishop to work with Bishop Straling in 1992. On March 12, 1996, he was installed as the second Bishop of our Diocese. We are grateful for all the years of leadership from Bishop Barnes! Happy Episcopal Anniversary!

Dear Your Excellency Sir Gerald Most Reverend Barnes,

The San Bernardino Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem wish you Happy 28th Episcopal Ordination Anniversary.

We thank you for your leadership during the good and trial times. May Our Loving Triune God always bless and protect you.


Dame Densy R. Chandra, DGCHS
Sir Greg M. Chandra, KGCHS
San Bernardino Area Co-Councillors


Coadjutor Bishop Rojas Gets a Proper Diocesan Welcome

On February 24, 2,500 Catholic faithful gathered at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Chino Hills to welcome Coadjutor Bishop Alberto Rojas to the Diocese of San Bernardino.

Click here to read the full story in the Catholic Byte.


San Bernardino Area Members Welcome Most Reverend Alberto Rojas as Coadjutor Bishop

Dear San Bernardino Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre:

The Welcome Mass for our Coadjutor Bishop, the Most Reverend Alberto Rojas, brought so much joy for those who attended the solemn and joyful event. It brought together many of our members and guests to celebrate the historic day of our diocese.  We filled up the four pews reserved for us and our deacon couples sat with their group along with many clergy members including bishops who among other is our Grand Pryor.

We want to thank our Lieutenant, Dame Margie, and her husband Sir Tom, Sir Viktor (Chancellor), and the Co-Councillors of Los Angeles and Orange for joining us. Also, thanks to Sir Adel and Dame Doris Sayegh for bringing Arabic sweets. We are grateful for Dame Mary O’Neil who introduced us to her friend who is a Sts. Peter and Paul parishioner that took our group photos. We are still waiting for another photographer to send us some of our group photos. Last but not least, thank you to everyone who worked long hours to make the celebration successful.


Photo credits: Zaki Mustafa

Since early morning many had lined up outside the church, and soon it wrapped all the way to the rear of the campus. Everyone seemed happy under the beautiful sunny skies as Father Gino greeted people waiting in line. At the end of the Mass, the hospitality committee made sure the guests would not go home hungry and the mariachi entertained us. Such a classy hospitality to end the day.  You had to be there to soak in the joyful energy on the courtyard.

Welcome Mass for Bishop Rojas can be viewed by clicking here.

May we continue to pray for the intentions of our diocese, Bishop Barnes, Bishop Rojas, and Bishop Del Riego as a new chapter has begun. Our Lady Queen of Palestine, pray for us.


Sir Greg and Dame Densy

San Bernardino Area Members Celebrate During the 2019 Phoenix Annual Meeting

The San Bernardino Diocese Area of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) joined in celebration with all the Western Lieutenancy during the annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona last Fall.

The meeting brought together the Western Lieutenancy Grand-Prior, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, our Bishop Gerald Barnes, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix, Bishop Edward Weisenberger of the Diocese of Tucson, Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Freyer of Orange, Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan of San Diego, and Auxiliary Bishop Mark Trudeau of Los Angeles.

The Order welcomed the special guest speaker Sami El-Yousef, Chief Executive Officer of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (LPJ), who spoke of the distinctive EOHSJ projects that provide for the education of 3,000 young adults at Bethlehem University, as well as 19,000 children in primary and secondary schools.

The Annual Meeting provided another unique opportunity to meet and socialize with Bishop Barnes during his Saturday night reception. The San Bernardino area welcomed Dame Lyn Hernandez, DHS, and Sir Hiram Hernandez, KHS; Dame Jennifer Rudnicki and Sir Stephen Rudnicki, KHS; Sir Robert Herness, KHS; and Sir Tim Corcoran, KHS, who were invested during the Investiture Ceremony.

Submitted by Dame Densy R. Chandra, DGCHS, Sir Greg M. Chandra, KGCHS, San Bernardino Area Co-Councillors


Bishop Barnes Celebrates 44th Anniversary of Ordination

December 20, 2019 — Today, our Bishop Gerald Barnes sets a milestone of celebrating his 44th priestly Ordination Anniversary. We have been blessed to have him as our shepherd for the last 27 years. Let us congratulate him for the special occasion and may we also continue to pray for him through the intercession of our Lady Queen of Palestine.


Dame Densy R. Chandra, DGCHS
Sir Greg M. Chandra, KGCHS
San Bernardino Area Co-Councillors


San Bernardino Area Inaugural Quarterly Mass

Dear San Bernardino Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre, Investees, and friends:

Our Inaugural Quarterly Mass in June went well. Thank you to all who participated, including, Father Erik Esparza, KCHS, our Seminarians and our Coordinator, Dame Anne Cipta, DCHS.

Click here to see pictures and video of the event.







Dear San Bernardino Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre:

Two weeks ago, a handful of our members attended the Lenten Day of Recollection with Bishop Rutilio. The program was scheduled to end at 1:45 PM, but didn’t conclude until about 4:00 PM.

The day started with a hearty breakfast prepared by Dame Rebecca and Sir Jose. The conversations during breakfast warmed up the group. Then, we went to the Christ the Redeemer Church next door for the Sunday Mass celebrated by Bishop Rutilio, assisted by Sir Deacon Will and Deacon Jose Herrera.

Bishop Rutilio celebrated the Sunday Mass

Sir Deacon Will showed us the movie, Under Cesar’s Sword; he  brought the TV set for the viewing of the movie.  Sir Deacon Will also facilitated the Q&A after lunch prepared by Dame Muriel. The depth of the sharing around the table enriched the discussion.

Lunch and discussion of the movie, Under Cesar’s Sword

We continued the day with the Order Justice & Peace Stations of the Cross, which fit right in with the material of the day.

The day concluded with Bishop Rutilio’s eye-opening sharing of his visit to Gaza a couple of years ago. He noted that “Days like this help us to appreciate more the Order of Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre.”

The attendees suggested that we should schedule an all day program next year.

We thank Bishop Rutilio for his guidance. Thanks to the coordinators: Loretta Herrera and Deacon Jose, who also helped with the Mass.  We thank the attendees and the Orange area Co-Councillors for sharing the material with us.

This is a link to an article from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem’s website that relates well with the material of our Recollection.

Wishing  everyone a blessed Holy Week.


Dame Densy R. Chandra, DGCHS
Sir Greg M. Chandra, KGCHS
San Bernardino Area Co-Councillors


San Bernardino Area 2020 First Monday Rosary and Fasting Schedule 


Please continue to say the Rosary at home and send your prayer intentions to your Area Co-Councillors to be shared with all.

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


Roméria Virgen de Zapopan – 2018

Dear San Bernardino Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre:

Last month, a group of 35 Knights and Dames from the Western Lieutenancy joined the Vice Governor to Guadalajara to experience the Virgin of Zapopan Pilgrimage and also to give support to the local lieutenancy that is coming back. This pilgrimage is the second largest of its kind after the pilgrimage of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The seven miles journey from the Guadalajara Cathedral where the Virgin of Zapopan stays most of the year to the Basilica of Zapopan took about five hours, and 32,000 native dancers accompanied her along with bishops and priests. This year, she was accompanied by 35 Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre from the U.S. as well as the local members. More than 2 millions people lined up the street and 500,000 faithful attended the Mass standing outside of the Basilica. 500+ priests and not less than 300 seminarians were also in the crowd. About 200 Franciscan seminarians stay at the Basilica Seminary; it is the largest number of Franciscans in the world.

The Virgin wears new mantle and accessories specially design for her every year. The crowd pays respect to her along the journey and everyone seemed to maintain orderly conduct all along the way.

To have witnessed the crowd and seen the faces of elderly folks in the crowd engraved a life time reminder of how devotion of the Virgin, the heavenly Mother lasts a life time. There’s a discussion of making this pilgrimage as an annual event. We highly recommend members to experience it, at least once. We share the Youtube documentaries below.

Short version
Long version

Dame Densy and Sir Greg

Our Lady of Monserrat

Dear San Bernardino Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre:

At our recent Day of Recollection prepared well by the Kuebler and Gutierrez, we reflected and be reminded to live responsibly as Knights and a Dames of the Holy Sepulchre through the example of among other St. Ignatius of Loyola, who was also a Knight and had the privilege to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Our Spiritual Director, Father Sir Stephen Porter also shared the ten virtues of living as Knights and Dames. We hope to forward it to our members sometime in a near future.

Attending a half day of Spiritual Recollection day nourishes our longing to know Our God closer and to exercise our sanctification journey. It’s hard to write and express the Spiritual fruits received at this kind of event; it must be experienced personally.


Densy Chandra

Our Lady of Monserrat

*This shrine and monastery were built around an image of Our Lady that didn’t want to move. Some legends claim that the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat originated in Jerusalem in the days of the early Church.*

By Ellen Mady
April 18, 2018

A Spanish soldier in his mid-20s went to the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat after recovering from a battle injury. He spent the entire night in prayer, then laid his sword down before the image of the Blessed Mother, donned the garb of a penitent, and set out on the rest of his journey, founding a missionary order of priests and becoming a great saint who would bequeath the Church with a rich legacy of spiritual practices, including the spiritual exercises, the daily examen, and an approach to discernment of spirits.

The soldier was St. Ignatius of Loyola, one of many saints, also including St. Aloysius Gonzaga, to visit the monastery of Our Lady of Montserrat. This pilgrim site hosts an average of more than one million annual visitors who come to pray before this image of the Blessed Virgin.

Some legends claim that the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat originated in Jerusalem in the days of the early Church, and was originally called La Jerosolimitana. The earliest known written history of the statue is an inscription preserved in the monastery and dating back to 1239. According to the inscription,
“In the year 808, under the government of the Count of Barcelona, Geoffrey le Velu, three young shepherds having one night seen a great light descend from the sky, and heard melodious music in the air, informed their relations of it. The bailiff and the Bishop of Mauresa having repaired, with all these people, to the spot which they pointed out, saw likewise the light from heaven, and after some search, they discovered the image of the Blessed Virgin, which they wanted to remove to Mauresa; but, being come to the place where the monastery now stands, they could not advance any farther. This prodigy induced the Count of Barcelona to build a convent of women there, from which he took the nuns of the royal abbey of Las Puellas of Barcelona; the first abbess of Our Lady of Montserrat was his daughter Richilda, who took possession of it about the year 895. This community of nuns subsisted till 976, when the Count of Barcelona, Borrell, with the consent of the pope, placed Benedictine monks at Montserrat.” (Taken from: Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Abbé Orsini)

Based on this inscription, it is believed that, rather than the statue being brought to the monastery, the chapel and entire monastery housing Our Lady of Montserrat was actually built around the image. Due to the great number of visitors, and for the sake of preserving the statue, Our Lady of Montserrat is now behind glass, but one of her hands holding a sphere that represents the globe has been left exposed, for pilgrims to touch as they pass before her and beg her intercession.

Over time, the Virgin of Monserrat acquired a number of affectionate titles, including La Moreneta, a reference to the pigment of the statue, which has darkened over time, and the Rose of April, a title attributed to her in a hymn written in her honor. Her feast is celebrated annually on April 27.

The original shrine was expanded and elevated to a basilica in 1592. Pope Leo XIII presided over the coronation of the image in 1881 and named Our Lady of Montserrat patron saint of Catalonia.

Our Lady of Montserrat, pray for us!

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


Hogar Nino 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 Ninos Dios and Notre Dame Des Douleurs in Jerusalem and Antonian Charitable Society in Bethlehem. The experience was exciting, rewarding and spiritually uplifting. 

Hogar Ninos Dios – Bethlehem  

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


Hogar Nino 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.
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