The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a Catholic order of chivalry commissioned to support the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Christian presence in the Holy Land.


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On January 28, President Trump unveiled a proposal for long-term peace in the Middle East.

Click here to see a comment by Patriarchs and Heads of Jerusalem Churches.

Click here to see the reaction of the Catholic Ordinaries of Holy Land.

Click here to see an overview and the details of the plan on the White House website.

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!



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.

Click here for the full announcement from the Grand Magisterium. 

Celebration of the 800th anniversary of St. Francis’ Pilgrimage of Peace

At the end of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the Pilgrimage of Peace of St. Francis in the Holy Land, the Custos of the Holy Land, Father Francesco Patton, blessed the new bronze high reliefs of the Via Crucis, donated by the city of Verona, Italy.

Click here for more details and pictures.


Latest visit of the Holy Land Commission to Jordan

September 16, 2019 – Mr. Sami El- Yousef , Chief Executive Officer of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, shares his reflections regarding his latest visit to Jordan with the Holy Land Commission.

Click here for full letter.
Includes picture gallery.


Western Lieutenancy Appoints
Sarah Knob as Executive Director

Our Chancellor and incoming Lieutenant, Dame Margie Romano, DGCHS, announces the appointment of Sarah Knob as the new Executive Director of the Western Lieutenancy. Sarah’s extensive work experience and warm personality have prepared her well for the role. Dame Margie asks that we extend to Sarah our warmest welcome to the team.

Sarah Knob

Sarah received a B.A. in Humanities & Spanish and a certificate in accounting from the University of Steubenville. She has over 10 years of office administration experience both in the private and not-for-profit sectors. She has a strong background in board relations and membership relationship management. Her various office positions over the years included the promotion of office management best practices to streamline business flow to ensure both profitability and membership satisfaction.

Sarah was Office Manager and simultaneously managed general bookkeeping for multiple company files and worked with CPAs to provide financial reports to the Board of Directors. Sarah recently moved to Los Angeles from Chicago. She looks forward to serving the Western Lieutenancy as Executive Director and working with Dame Margie Romano to meet membership needs.