2018 Annual Meeting 


Hyatt GG

Registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting is now open!

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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:

Schedule of Annual Meeting Events

Pilgrimage to St. John Maron Maronite Church

Docent Tour of Christ Cathedral

Tuxedo Rental Information

Tuxedo Rental Form



 Our Hotel for the 2018 Annual Meeting is
  the Hyatt Regency Orange County.

  To make Hotel reservations at the Lieutenancy’s discounted rate:

  • Call the hotel directly at (714)750-1234 and reference the Equestrian Order 


  If you need additional assistance with hotel reservations, call (888)421-1442.


Latest News

Who are the Christians in Israel today?

On Tuesday December 6, 2016, a conference entitled “Who are the Christians in Israel today?” was held and presided by Fr. David Neuhaus, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel, at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute. This article provides a detailed background to help you understand the complex situation of Christians in the Holy Land.  Click here to read the full article on the website of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Reflections from the Holy Land May 2018

By Mr. Sami El-Yousef, Chief Executive Officer of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

The Grand Magisterium’s latest quarterly newsletter for Spring 2018 is now available.  

Be sure to see:
  • Reflections of the Grand Master: “You might be a modern saint!”
  • From the Grand Magisterium: “Peace is a gift: let us invoke it!”


Apostolic Nuncio installs Bishop George Leo Thomas, KC*HS as Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas

Bishop Thomas, KC*HS, has been a member of the
Equestrian Order since 1994.

Read the full story here



The Third Annual Golf Tournament, held on April 7th, was a great success.

Read the full story here


Msgr. Marc Trudeau appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Msgr. Trudeau is the Ecclesiastical M.C.
for the Western Lieutenancy 

Read the full story in the Angelus News


The latest update on the closure and reopening of the
Church of the Holy Sepulchre

A Report from the Western Lieutenancy’s Holy Land Councillor, Sir Charles Radloff:

Wednesday, February 28th 2018

As indicated earlier today, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has reopened and pilgrims are able to enter and pray at the holy site without local disturbance.

The Jerusalem Municipality announced on Tuesday that it would halt its church property collection effort in light of the decision made by Prime Minister Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and will form a commission to find a solution to the issue of taxation of religious sites by the City of Jerusalem.

Two weeks ago the municipality of Jerusalem advised Israeli officials it would begin collecting 650 million shekels ($ 186 million USD) in 2017 taxes on 887 Church owned properties.

The Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem in charge of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Catholic Custody of Holy Sites, and the Armenian Patriarchate, issued a statement that they were following with great concern the systematic campaign against Churches in the Christian Community which is in flagrant violation of the existing “Status Quo”.

It is speculative to venture an opinion what will occur after the Israeli special commission meets to develop a solution. For comparison, the Fundamental Agreement signed in 1994 between the Vatican and the State of Israel has yet to be signed by the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament.



Closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre



USCCB President Expresses Concern Over Israel’s Plan to Tax Church-owned Real Estate

Church of the Holy Sepulchre Reopens After Protest Over New Taxation and Land Policies

Rome Reports Video: 
Cardinal Edwin O’Brien on Jerusalem tax controversy

Grand Master’s Statement on
Closing of Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre Closes Over Municipality’s Tax Demands

Church Leaders’ Statement on Municipal threats and the discriminatory “Church Lands Bill”


From the Grand Magisterium of the EOHSJ:

Click here for the latest quarterly Newsletter (No. 49, Winter 2018) from the Grand Magisterium.

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


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.


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.

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 Summer 2018 Newsletter is now available. 

Click here for the latest news from the Holy Land.





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.