A Message from the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order
September 8, 2018 – His Eminence Cardinal Grand Master Edwin O’Brien has addressed a communication to all members of the Order.
Click here to read his message.
Ave Crux Spes Unica
Reflection by H.E. Michael Scott Feeley, KGCHS
We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection;
through him we are saved and made free.
So proclaims the entrance antiphon of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, a great celebration of the Order that we will observe on September 14. The Feast commemorates not only the finding of the True Cross by St Helena, but also the dedication of the Shrine at that spot known as Calvary, upon which the crusaders built the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
In these unbearably sad times where the cries of victims pierce our spirit, the revelations of cruelty and betrayal by some clergy enrage our hearts, and the failures of church leaders shake our faith, we must look to the Cross.
Our Lord took upon himself our sin, our bewilderment, our selfishness. Through his voluntary suffering, he transformed pain and death into life and resurrection. We must look to the Cross, especially now in gratitude and awe, and ask Christ to give us the strength and the will to beg forgiveness for the suffering inflicted by members of the Church, to be humbled by their wounds, and to seek justice and truth as we rebuild.
As members of the Order, we are called to witness both to the Sacrifice at Calvary and to the gloriously Empty Tomb. We are called to unite the suffering of the victims, our individual pain and anger, and our collective responsibility as members of the body of Christ to the True Cross. Only through the Cross do we arrive at Resurrection.
As Knights and Ladies, let us extend our hands lovingly in compassion to our brothers and sisters who have suffered abuse, let us humbly acknowledge our personal and collective failures, and let us vigorously support and uplift the vast majority of our priests who serve us all so faithfully and sacrificially.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your Cross you have redeemed the world.
2018 Annual Meeting
Registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting is now open!
This year, we will gather in the Diocese of Orange. We are headquartered at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, convenient to our services at Christ Cathedral, St. Boniface Church, and St. John Maron Church. We look forward to gathering as a community of faith in service to our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.
Here are highlights of the Annual Meeting:
— Thursday, September 27:
- A Spiritual Journey to St. John Maronite Church, with 6 PM Mass in the Maronite Rite, lecture, and dinner
— Friday, September 28:
- Golf at Tustin Ranch
- Ministry Fair
- Docent Tour of Christ Cathedral
- Afternoon Mass
- Vigil Retreat for Investees and Promotees
- Optional Vigil Retreat for Members
— Saturday, September 29:
- Memorial Mass and Promotions at Christ Cathedral
- Educational Forum with the Vice Governor General and Knight of the Collar, our own H.E. Patrick Powers
- Reception and Dinner
— Sunday, September 30:
- Business Meeting and Brunch
- Mass and Investiture at St. Boniface Catholic Church
- Grand Ball
For more information:
Our Hotel for the 2018 Annual Meeting is
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