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Lent 2018

“Rainbows in the Desert”

The Reverend Sir Marc Howes, KHS, pastor of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Church in Las Vegas, shares weekly reflections with our members this Lenten Season.

Here is his reflection for the First Sunday of Lent.

Previous Reflections


Lenten Continuous Novena for the Holy Land


A Record-Breaking January for Pilgrimages in the Holy Land

Good news for pilgrimages to the Holy Land: statistics from the Christian Information Center show a steady increase, with record-breaking numbers for January 2018.

Click here for the full story from the Franciscan Custody website.

Click here for details on Pilgrimages to the Holy Land sponsored by the Western Lieutenancy.


Registration Now Open for the 2018 Our Lady Queen of Palestine Golf Tournament

     Helping children in the Holy Land


The Western Lieutenancy’s Third Annual Our Lady Queen of Palestine Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM. Proceeds will benefit the Holy Child Jesus Program in Bethlehem, the Holy Land. Don’t miss out on the fun and this opportunity to support a most worthy cause.

About the Lieutenancy’s Projects benefited by the Annual Golf Tournament.

Click here for details and registration information about this year’s Golf Tournament.

From the Grand Magisterium of the EOHSJ:

The latest quarterly Newsletter (No. 48, Autumn 2017) is now available.

Click here to be taken to the Grand Magisterium’s website.

Franciscans Mark 8 Centuries of Presence in the Holy Land

Click here to read the article on the Home Page of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

St. Yves Society Report – Updated October 2017: “The Annexation Wall in Cremisan”

Click here to read the updated report by the St. Yves Society from Jerusalem.

Students at Zarqa South School in Amman, Jordan Thank The Western Lieutenancy

Click here to see the ‘Thank You’ notes from the students of Zarqa South School.

The Western Lieutenancy’s Justice & Peace Winter 2018 Newsletter is now available. 

Click here for the latest news from the Holy Land.

Justice and Peace News:

Cardinal says World Leaders Sidestepping Persecution of Christians

On August 8, 2017 Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien told Catholics gathered for Mass and a symposium in the Metuchen Diocese that “the enormity of today’s modern Christian genocide is possibly the worst and bloodiest in church history.” Click here for more.


The EOHSJ Presents its New Governor General

June 29, 2017

H.E. Count Agostino Borromeo, Knight of the Collar, served the Order as Governor General for the last eight years. With the second term of his mandate completed, he stepped down from this vital position. The Cardinal Grand Master, His Eminence, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, has appointed a new Governor General to head the operations of the worldwide Order, H.E. Count Leonardo Visconti di Modrone, KGCHS, effective on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 2017.

Rome Reports produced a video to highlight the dignified and collaborative transition of the office of Governor General and premiered it at the European Lieutenants Meeting in Rome. To watch the video please click here:



March 2017 Newsletter of the Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights is now available.




The origins of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem date back to the First Crusade over 900 years ago. A Papal Order, today, our members dedicate themselves to personal sanctification, fidelity to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and support of the Christian Community in the Holy Land.

Knights and Ladies continue this tradition through prayer and pilgrimage, active involvement in their parish and diocese and a commitment of financial resources to support Catholic Institutions in the Holy Land.

The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is the only lay institution of the Vatican State charged with the task of providing for the needs of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and of all the activities and initiatives to support the Christian presence in the Holy Land.


Financial contributions by members of the Order are used throughout the Archdiocese of Jerusalem, which includes Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan and Cyprus. Areas of support:

  • Parishes, churches and community centers
  • Convents, seminaries and seminarians
  • Clinics and hospitals
  • Parish grade schools, high schools and Bethlehem University
  • Humanitarian assistance for food and medical supplies

It is through the dedication of our members that we support and educate our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land, living by example the command to love and serve.


Stay current with news about events affecting the Holy Land as well as local happenings in each Section of the Western USA Lieutenancy.



Find out what makes the Pilgrim Shell special and how you can become part of this holy and moving spiritual journey.



Learn more about individual ministries and special projects in the Holy Land currently supported by the Lieutenancy.