The Duty of Pilgrimage
The deliberations at the October, 2003 Consulta emphasized that, “Pilgrimage has always been, and still is, an important event in the life of the Order. It is a joint undertaking with high spiritual, penitential and symbolic value.” A pilgrimage to Jerusalem “is a strong moral and individual commitment for all those who are in a position to carry it out.” <p=””></p=””>
A pilgrimage to the Holy Sepulchre of Our Lord and to the other sacred places is also an act of solidarity with our brothers and sisters living in the Holy Land. Our presence among them is an encouragement to the Christian minority in that land, among so many problems, pressures and difficulties. Also, a deepened faith that comes from experiencing the Land of the Bible and its people enables pilgrims to give special witness to those with whom they live and work.
|The Pilgrim Shell is the most prized decoration of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. It is awarded to Knights and Dames who complete a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that includes visiting works of the Order, education on the situation among the Catholic population in the Holy Land and praying at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. Normally it is presented by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, or his representative, and consists of a scalloped shell in silver in the center of which is placed the Jerusalem cross in red, bordered in gold.
Originally, the symbol of a complete pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James the Apostle at Compostela, Spain, the shell is now the universal sign of pilgrimage. The shell reminds us that we are all pilgrims on earth and members of a pilgrim Church. It is also a pledge to aid the needy, especially in the Holy Land.
Click here to see and download the Protocol for Receiving the Pilgrim Shell upon completion of your pilgrimage.
In this 10 minute video, join members of the Order as they make their own pilgrimage.
“Pilgrimage is the gateway to members making a deeper commitment to the mission of the Order.” Sir J. Scott Scherer, KC*HS
Upcoming pilgrimages to the Holy Land:
The Lieutenancy is committed to promoting pilgrimages to the Holy Land as the best means of evidencing the Order’s commitment to the Christian Community in the Holy Land.
“Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”
October 18, 2021 – October 28, 2021 Save the Dates! Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Official Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Under the Spiritual Leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles. Group Coordinator: Mrs. Judy Brooks, Director, Archbishop’s Office for Special Services.
October 18, 2021 – October 29, 2021 Save the Dates! Hosted by the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem – Western USA Lieutenancy – Las Vegas Council. Under the Spiritual Direction of Monsignor Gregory W. Gordon, KHS. Group Coordinators: Sir Joe Micatrotto, KC*HS & Dame Connie Micatrotto, DC*HS.
OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2021
October 26, 2021 – November 6, 2021 – Hosted by Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem – Western USA Lieutenancy / Tucson Council. Under the Spiritual Direction of Most Rev. Sir Edward J. Weisenburger, KC*HS, Bishop of Tucson. Group Coordinator: Dame Sister Lois Paha, O.P., DCHS.
November 8, 2021 – November 19, 2021 – Save the Dates! Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Under the Spiritual Direction of Rev. Sir Gregory P. Adolf, KCHS. Group Coordinator: Ann S. Dickson, DGCHS.
DECEMBER 2021 – JANUARY 2022
December 26, 2021 to January 9, 2022 Save the Dates! Co-hosted by the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem – Western USA Lieutenancy and Mount Saint Mary’s University. Under the Guidance of Rev. Sir Felix Just, SJ, PhD, KCHS, Director, Catholic Biblical Ministries, Los Angeles, and Ms. Gail Gresser, MA, Director of Campus Ministry, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles
|March 6, 2022 – March 17, 2022 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Rev. Sir Christopher Heath KCHS, Pastor, and Jennifer Clark, Pilgrimage Coordinator, St. Hedwig Church, Los Alamitos, CA, Diocese of Orange in California.
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March 8, 2022 – March 19, 2022 Save the Dates! Pilgrimage to the Holy Land under the Spiritual Direction and Leadership of Deacon Ryan & Dame Wynsdey Adams, Rev. Nicolás Sánchez Toledano, and Rev. Sir Richard Vega, of St. Finbar Church, Burbank, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, North Hollywood, and St. Frances of Rome Church, Azusa, respectively.
Pricing, Itinerary, and Registration available after May 22, 2021
October 17, 2022 – October 28, 2022 Save the Dates! Pilgrimage to the Holy Land under the Spiritual Direction of Bishop Marc Trudeau, KC*HS, and Group Leadership of Sir Michael Molina, KCHS.
Details and contact information to be posted later.
MARCH – APRIL 2023
March 18, 2023 – April 1, 2023 Hosted by the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Western USA Lieutenancy / Las Vegas Council. Under Group Coordinators: Sir Joe Micatrotto, KC*HS & Dame Connie Micatrotto, DC*HS. (Spiritual Direction to be determined.)
Pricing, Itinerary, and Registration available after May 23, 2022