Annual Meeting

Greetings Knights and Ladies!

“Pilgrims Together”

The Western Lieutenancy’s 2018 Annual General Meeting – Orange County, California

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On September 27th through October 1st, Bishop Kevin Vann, Honorary Chair of the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Western Lieutenancy, hosted 564 Knights, Ladies, Clergy, and candidates for investiture. The meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located in Garden Grove. Our theme was “Pilgrims Together”.

For the fourth year in a row, we featured the Ministry Fair. At this Fair, members learned about the exciting developments of the ministries that we support.

The weekend began on Thursday with a Spiritual Pilgrimage to St. John Maron Catholic Church in Orange. This was the first time that members of the Order participated in an Eastern Rite Maronite Liturgy. The evening included Mass, special prayers, and sharing of a delicious Middle Eastern dinner. After dinner, Msgr. Antoine Bakh spoke about the differences and similarities between the Roman and the Eastern Rites and fielded questions from the 120 knights and ladies in attendance.

Friday began with golf at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club and a docent tour of the Christ Cathedral campus. At the docent tour, Bishop Kevin Vann and Bishop Thomas Nguyen surprised the members with a visit and led a construction job site tour of the new Cathedral where workers greeted us.

Friday afternoon, Bishop Marc Trudeau celebrated the Traveler’s Mass at the hotel to a full house of about 400 members. The evening concluded with retreats for investees, promotees, and the general membership. The investee retreat was at the Christ Cathedral’s beautiful “Chapel in the Sky”.

 

The promotee retreat took place at the historic St. Catherine Academy. About 125 members attended the Order retreat at the hotel.

 

Friday Investee Retreat

 

Saturday Promotion and Memorial Mass

 

 

Saturday morning, Bishop Timothy Freyer celebrated the Promotions and Memorial Mass in the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral. Fifty six members were promoted.

After lunch at the hotel, members attended the educational forum and listened to His Excellency Sir Patrick Powers, Vice Governor General, North America, who highlighted his 25 years of dedication to the Order by sharing his first-hand experiences. Click here to read his presentation.

 

 

Saturday night’s treat was the much-anticipated festive event: “Family Style at the Park” dinner and dancing. Everyone had fun with the food, drinks, music and dancing.

Saturday Night Dinner

 

Sunday began bright and early with visits to the Adoration Chapel and Confessions. Sunday morning highlighted an all Member Business Meeting and brunch.

Sunday Investiture

 

 

In the afternoon, Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrated the Investiture Mass at St. Boniface Church in Anaheim; he invested 21 knights and 24 ladies.

 

 

 

The formal reception and Grand Ball took place at the hotel where members delighted on an elegant dinner and dancing.

Sunday Grand Ball

The Annual Meeting ended on Monday with early morning visits to the Adoration Chapel followed by the Traveler’s Mass and Rosary celebrated by our host, Bishop Kevin Vann. About 350 knights, ladies and clergy were in attendance.

Happy ‘Lead Pilgrims’

 

Many thanks to the entire Annual Meeting Planning Committee for their hard work, dedication and creativity; they made the event a success.

 

Our Lady Queen of Palestine, pray for us!

Submitted by Sir Stephen Luchetta, KGCHS and Lady Kristin Luchetta, LGCHS , Orange Area Co-Councillors and Annual Meeting Chairs

 

 


 

Download the PowerPoint Presentation from the 2018 Annual Meeting Business Meeting