2016 Annual Meeting

The Western Lieutenancy’s 2016 Annual General Meeting was held in the Diocese of Tucson from September 30 to October 3, 2016. What a wonderful, faith filled weekend! Over 500 Knights and Ladies experienced spiritual renewal at the beautiful liturgies, celebrated in community with one another, and gained insights into the Order’s ministries.

Click here for descriptions and photos of this wonderful weekend.




Reflection by Rt. Rev. Sir Alexei Smith, KCHS

First of all, my gratitude and appreciation to all of you for your great cooperation and the excitement evidenced by the many and various ways you embraced our observance of the Year of Mercy.

Cardinal Kasper, in his marvelous book, Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life, writes:

“The most important expression for understanding mercy is hesed, which means unmerited loving kindness, friendliness favor, and also divine grace and mercy.   Hesed, therefore, goes beyond mere emotion and grief at human deprivation; it means God’s free and gracious turning toward the human person with care.  It concerns a concept of relationship, which characterizes not only a single action, but rather an ongoing attitude and posture………”  

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Father Pizzaballa nominated as Apostolic Administrator
of the Latin Patriarchate


His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Beatitude Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, who reached the retirement age of 75 last October.  The Pope has elevated to Archbishop Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, former Custos of the Holy Land for twelve years, and appointed him as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.  He will hold the position until the appointment of a new Patriarch.

In a statement posted on its online site, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said “The Bishops, clergy and faithful of the Latin Patriarchate sincerely thank His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal who has just completed his mission, and welcome the Apostolic Administrator with best wishes in his new mission.  The entire Diocese joins in prayer for the intentions of the Patriarch Emeritus and the new Apostolic Administrator.”

The Episcopal Ordination of Father Pizzaballa will take place in September.



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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