Advent 2017 Reflections


Weekly reflections for members of the EOHSJ:

Reflection on the First Reading of the Second Sunday of Advent by Rev. Sir William J. Kunisch II, KCHS



Latest News

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.

Announcing upcoming dates for the screening of ‘Open Bethlehem’ and a discussion with the Filmmaker.

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The Western Lieutenancy’s Justice & Peace Fall 2017 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:


Bishop Gerald Barnes, KC*HS, celebrates his 25th Episcopal Anniversary

May 1, 2017

The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre congratulates Bishop Gerald Barnes, KC*HS, on his 25th Episcopal Anniversary as Bishop of the San Bernardino diocese. His Silver Jubilee Mass on March 18 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Chino Hills, was attended by several bishops including LA Archbishop José H. Gomez. Also in attendance were members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Knights of St. Peter Claver, Knights of Columbus, priests and deacons from throughout the diocese.  For the full story, click here.


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


Recent Changes in Leadership Positions at the Latin Patriarchate

On February 4, 2017 Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem announced the Holy Father, Pope Francis, had accepted the resignation of His Excellency Msgr. Maroun Lahham, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese and Patriarchal Vicar of Jordan. Bishop Maroun Lahham was ordained in June 24,1972 and served as Rector at the Latin Seminary in Beit Jala from 1994 until his appointment as Bishop of Tunis on September 8, 2005.

Bishop William Shomali has been Nominated as Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan

H.E. William Shomali

H.E. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, after consultation with the Bishops Council and the Consultative Council of the Latin Patriarchate, has nominated Bishop William Shomali as Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan, succeeding Bishop Maroun Lahham who resigned from office last week.

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem thanks Bishop Maroun Lahham for his long service to the Church in the Holy Land and wishes Bishop William Shomali success in his new mission and assuring him spiritual support of the Diocese and full collaboration of the clergy and faithful.

Bishop Shomali was born in Beit Shour (Palestine) and received his ordination to the priesthood on June 24, 1972. After serving in parishes in Jordan Father Shomali studied in Rome. In 1998 he became General Administrator and Economist for the Latin Patriarchate of  Jerusalem.

On March 31, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI appointed William Shomali as Auxiliary Bishop and Patriarchal Vicar for Israel.


Auxiliary Bishop Oscar A. Solis, KC*HS, Named Bishop Of Salt Lake City

Most Rev, Sir Timothy Freyer, KC*HS, Installed as Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Orange

Click here to read the Winter 2017 Newsletter from the
Grand Magisterium of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre



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.


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