Los Angeles Area News
First Monday Rosary
Please join our fellow Knights and Ladies at 7:00pm on the First Monday of every month to pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. The following is the link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Spiritual Rosary of the Glorious Mysteries:
The following are links to each Mystery devotional available at EWTN:
Please pray for Justice, Peace and the fight against the forces of evil.
To join a local gathering praying the Rosary please contact:
Lady Louise Garcia ( email@example.com) San Pedro and South Bay areas
Sir Dan and Lady Rose Grimm (805-551-6746 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Santa Barbara, Ventura areas
Sir Tom Blumenthal (email@example.com) West Side area
Lady Emma Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org) Northeast and San Gabriel Valley areas
The Los Angeles area is proud to announce the first meeting of the Los Angeles Area Council, a group of members who will help in the direction and management of the EOHSJ Los Angeles Area. The Council will advise the Co-Councillors and organize the activities and projects within our area. Council members include Deacon Sir Ryan and Lady Wynsdey Adams (Our Lady Queen of Peace Project), Lady Judy Brooks (Events coordinator), Lady Rosa Cumare (Special programs and Liturgy), Lady Sharyn and Sir Peter Godfrey (Justice and Peace), Sir Jim and Lady Judy Salz (Golf Tournament), Sir Brad Sharp (Micro-loans), Rev. Sir Alexei Smith (Pastoral), Lady Emma Stewart (First Monday Rosary), Sir Ron and Lady Michele Swallow (Membership). We have submitted a Strategic Plan for the Los Angeles area that has been submitted to the Lieutenancy for approval. This is a first for our Lieutenancy and we are excited at the many upcoming programs, opportunities and upcoming events that we are planning.
Area Co-Councillors for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Sir Dennis and Lady Susan De Pietro
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Orange Area News
Orange Area Year in review through August 5, 2018
Submitted by Stephen and Kristin Luchetta, Co-Councilors of the Orange Area
Lenten Retreat – March 10, 2018 – St. Thomas More Church, Irvine, CA
As part of the Orange Area’s Justice & Peace Committee’s mission to help educate the members of our Order, along with the Spirituality Committee’s job to help with personal sanctification, the Lenten Retreat was organized. On Saturday, March 10, 2018 approximately 65 members of the Orange Area gathered at St. Thomas More Church multi purpose room for a presentation of the documentary film, “Under Caesar’s Sword”. The program asks participants to “Step into the lives of Christian families, refugees and leaders facing persecution.
“Under Caesar’s Sword” is a collaborative global research project that investigates how Christian communities respond when their religious freedom is severely violated. It is a partnership of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, the Religious Freedom Institute, and Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Research Project. Members were assigned to small groups with table leaders leading the discussions. Nick Wittner, our Justice and Peace Chair organized and facilitated the Retreat. We were blessed to have Most Reverend Kevin Vann in the audience. Mass was celebrated by Bishop Kevin with lunch following. Bishop Kevin has asked that we make this an annual event.
Mid Year Meeting – April 6, 2018 – St. Joachim Church, Costa Mesa, CA
On Friday, April 6, 2018 the Orange Area held it’s mid year meeting at St. Joachim’s Church in Costa Mesa, CA. Approximately 105 members attended the mass and dinner. Our celebrant was the Most Reverend Thanh Thai Nguyen. Bishop Nguyen led a spirit filled liturgy and provided members an inspirational homily. Bishop Nguyen was recently installed as an Auxiliary Bishop of Orange. We are looking forward to having him participate in many events. Dinner followed mass at the Santa Ana Country Club. We were all blessed to meet Rev. Quan Tran, Episcopal Vicar of the Office of Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs for the Dioceses of Orange. We learned about his legal background and knowledge of Ecumenical & interreligious Affairs. We are blessed to have him as a member of our Order.
Quarterly Rosary – June 25, 2018 – Chapel in the Sky, Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove, CA
On Saturday, June 25, 2018 60 members joined us for our quarterly rosary at the beautiful Chapel in the Sky on the Christ Cathedral campus in Garden Grove. Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Timothy Freyer. A beautiful liturgy and Homily was enjoyed by all members. Our rosary followed mass on the top floor of the Tower of Hope Building. This will be the site of the Friday Retreat for incoming candidates. The members gathered after the rosary in a multi purpose room for refreshments, and food.
Half day of Recollection – August 4, 2018 – St. Thomas More Church, Irvine, CA
See previous posting below.
Monthly First Monday Rosaries are held in 5 locations in the Orange Area:
3) San Clemente / Dana Point
4) Laguna Niguel / Mission Viejo
5) Newport Beach / Costa Mesa
Dear Knights and Ladies and Candidates,
On August 4th, we celebrated our 20th Half Day of Recollection at St. Thomas More Church in Irvine. Our special thanks to Fr. John Janze for graciously hosting this annual event. This was, once again, a joint effort between the EOHSJ and the Order of Malta. Thanks also to Ed Godlewski, President of the Orange Chapter, for his help and support. We would like to share with you some of the special moments and photos of the day.
Over 60 members of our Order and the Order of Malta, including candidates and provisionals, enjoyed a morning of inspirational talks, prayers and fellowship. Rabbi Michael Mayersohn enlightened us on the meaning of Jerusalem in Judaism, our own Fr. John Monestero on the History of the Crusades part XVIII, and a spirit filled liturgy led by Most Reverend Timothy Freyer. Participants also got a first hand look at our new processional icon of Our Lady of Palestine, a gift to the Orange Area from Fr. Francois Beyrouti of Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church. We were also blessed with the presence our very own seminarian Michael Althib, who is at the Latin Seminary in Beit Jala. Michael is from Southern California and has four more years of study. Please keep Michael in your prayers.
We raised $5,025 from our collection to support the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. If you were unable to attend the Half Day of Recollection and would like to donate to the Holy Family Hospital, please mail us your check.
Thanks to all the members who attended, brought goodies, contributed to collection and helped organize this event.
May Our Queen of Palestine bless you and your families,
Sir Stephen and Lady Kristin Luchetta, Orange Area Co-Councillors
“Deus lo vult.”
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Orange
Lady Kristin and Sir Stephen Luchetta
Phoenix Area News
Upcoming Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
The special pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan on the occasion of the ordination to the priesthood of Deacon Khaled Gamoh is fast approaching. We have supported Deacon Khaled as part of the Adopt-a-Seminarian Program.
It would be a wonderful experience for us to attend his ordination and first Mass.
When: June 18-30, 2018, under the direction of Fr. Tom Enneking, OSC. Space is limited. Register today.
Click here for the brochure with full details, itinerary, and registration.
See the complete information in Spirituality/Pilgrimages.
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Phoenix
Lady Julie Nackard
Sir Tom Castellanos
Tucson Area News
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Tucson
Lady Karen and Sir William McEwen
San Diego Area News
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of San Diego
Lady Nancy and Sir David Schanzlin
San Bernardino Area News
Dear San Bernardino Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre:
Subject: Our Lady of Monserrat
At our recent Day of Recollection prepared well by the Kuebler and Gutierrez, we reflected and be reminded to live responsibly as Knights and a Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre through the example of among other St. Ignatius of Loyola, who was also a Knight and had the privilege to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Our Spiritual Director, Father Sir Stephen Porter also shared the ten virtues of living as Knights and Ladies. We hope to forward it to our members sometime in a near future.
Attending a half day of Spiritual Recollection day nourishes our longing to know Our God closer and to exercise our sanctification journey. It’s hard to write and express the Spiritual fruits received at this kind of event; it must be experienced personally.
Our Lady of Monserrat
*This shrine and monastery were built around an image of Our Lady that didn’t want to move. Some legends claim that the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat originated in Jerusalem in the days of the early Church.*
By Ellen Mady
April 18, 2018
A Spanish soldier in his mid-20s went to the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat after recovering from a battle injury. He spent the entire night in prayer, then laid his sword down before the image of the Blessed Mother, donned the garb of a penitent, and set out on the rest of his journey, founding a missionary order of priests and becoming a great saint who would bequeath the Church with a rich legacy of spiritual practices, including the spiritual exercises, the daily examen, and an approach to discernment of spirits.
The soldier was St. Ignatius of Loyola, one of many saints, also including St. Aloysius Gonzaga, to visit the monastery of Our Lady of Montserrat. This pilgrim site hosts an average of more than one million annual visitors who come to pray before this image of the Blessed Virgin.
Some legends claim that the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat originated in Jerusalem in the days of the early Church, and was originally called La Jerosolimitana. The earliest known written history of the statue is an inscription preserved in the monastery and dating back to 1239. According to the inscription,
“In the year 808, under the government of the Count of Barcelona, Geoffrey le Velu, three young shepherds having one night seen a great light descend from the sky, and heard melodious music in the air, informed their relations of it. The bailiff and the Bishop of Mauresa having repaired, with all these people, to the spot which they pointed out, saw likewise the light from heaven, and after some search, they discovered the image of the Blessed Virgin, which they wanted to remove to Mauresa; but, being come to the place where the monastery now stands, they could not advance any farther. This prodigy induced the Count of Barcelona to build a convent of women there, from which he took the nuns of the royal abbey of Las Puellas of Barcelona; the first abbess of Our Lady of Montserrat was his daughter Richilda, who took possession of it about the year 895. This community of nuns subsisted till 976, when the Count of Barcelona, Borrell, with the consent of the pope, placed Benedictine monks at Montserrat.” (Taken from: Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Abbé Orsini)
Based on this inscription, it is believed that, rather than the statue being brought to the monastery, the chapel and entire monastery housing Our Lady of Montserrat was actually built around the image. Due to the great number of visitors, and for the sake of preserving the statue, Our Lady of Montserrat is now behind glass, but one of her hands holding a sphere that represents the globe has been left exposed, for pilgrims to touch as they pass before her and beg her intercession.
Over time, the Virgin of Monserrat acquired a number of affectionate titles, including La Moreneta, a reference to the pigment of the statue, which has darkened over time, and the Rose of April, a title attributed to her in a hymn written in her honor. Her feast is celebrated annually on April 27.
The original shrine was expanded and elevated to a basilica in 1592. Pope Leo XIII presided over the coronation of the image in 1881 and named Our Lady of Montserrat patron saint of Catalonia.
Our Lady of Montserrat, pray for us!
San Bernardino Area Announces the 2018 Schedule for Their First Monday Rosary
Please call or mail me below with guest additions, prayer intentions or changes to reflect to each host.
Committees and Coordinators
Lady Dina and Deacon Sir Ayed Khader
|Justice and Peace
Lady Ana and Sir Kevin Smead
|Our Lady Queen of Palestine Projects
Lady Raida and Sir Nouri Sayegh
|Outreach – Low Desert
Lady Mary Farrell
|Outreach – West End
Lady Ruby and Sir Richard Simpson
|Outreach – Hemet
Lady Muriel and Sir Wilfredo Vita
|Rosary – Low Desert
Lady Marilyn and Sir Ross Willour
|Rosary – San Bernardino
Lady Susie and Sir Richard Herbst
|Rosary – West End
Lady Caroline and Sir Raymond Nolte
Sir Thomas Davis
Lady Sharon and Sir Joe Kuebler
Lady Rebecca and Sir Jose Gutierrez
|Year of Mercy
Lady Sandy and Sir Dan Miulli
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of San Bernardino
Lady Densy and Sir Gregory Chandra
Las Vegas Area News
Click here to read the 2018 pilgrimage diary of Sir Joe and Lady Connie Micatrotto:
APOSTOLIC NUNCIO INSTALLS BISHOP GEORGE LEO THOMAS KC*HS AS BISHOP OF LAS VEGAS
May 15, 2018
A magnificent blessing for all, especially for the 40+ members of the EOHSJ Las Vegas (LV) Council who attended this historic and SRO event held on May 15th at the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer in LV. Thirty two bishops, two cardinals, and Pope Francis’s representative, His Excellency Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the US, oversaw the installation of Bishop George Leo Thomas as the third bishop of the LV Diocese. Bishop Thomas, a member of the EOHSJ since 1994, was formerly the bishop of Helena, Montana. Sir Michael Feeley and Lady Margie Romano also attend the two-hour ceremony.
Our own Father Robert Stoeckig said in his opening of the event that ”this is what we call a FULL HOUSE in our Las Vegas Shrine.” From that moment on, the tone of celebration and spiritual joy was set. All felt the exuberance and love from our new bishop. In his fabulous homily, he shared his vision for our diocese. His powerful reflection on Pope John XXlll’s thoughts on the Second Vatican Council provided a guiding light for all.
We are blessed in LV, with a huge Roman Catholic population of over 800,000, to have all three of our bishops (including Bishop Walsh and Bishop Pepe), still with us. The LV Council is fortunate to have two bishops in our fold!
During the ceremony, we were presented to His Excellency as Area Councillors of the EOHSJ. He remarked that he is looking forward to becoming a part of our LV Council.
We had a marvelous reception across the street at the Luxor hotel with a Western-Mexican menu on the buffet circuit.
Thank you and God bless,
Joe/Connie Micatrotto KCHS/LCHS
Biography of Bishop Thomas
Bishop Thomas was born in 1950 in Anaconda, Montana. In 1972 he entered St. Thomas Seminary, in Bothell, Washington and was ordained to the priesthood in 1976.
He held various assignments in the Archdiocese of Seattle including chancellor and vicar general for 17 years. Following the death of Archbishop Murphy in 1997, he was elected administrator for the Archdiocese of Seattle until the appointment of Archbishop Alexander Brunett, who re-appointed Father Thomas as vicar general.
In November 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle. In March 2004, he was named Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, Montana.
Bishop Thomas holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity, Master’s Degree in counseling and community mental health, and Doctor of Philosophy degree with an area of specialty in Pacific Northwest mission history.
February 28, 2018
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph A. Pepe, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada, and has named Bishop George L. Thomas as his successor, up until now the Bishop of Helena, Montana. Bishop Thomas, KC*HS, has been a member of the Equestrian Order since 1994.
Click here for the full story from the USCCB.
Area Councillors’ Report:
Fourteen new members will be invested at the annual meeting in Santa Barbara; this will increase our membership by about 30%. We have begun meeting with potential nominees for 2018 and have set a date with our Bishop for an information and “greet” meeting at his home in November.
We had a well-attended mid-year meeting, with 12 of the 14 investees noted above present. Everyone was excited to see/meet Michael Feeley, our Lieutenant.
We raised $45,000 for the wheelchair project. In February 2017, we remitted this amount to the American Wheelchair Mission (AWM) through the Western Lieutenancy (WL). Wheelchairs, walkers and canes will be distributed in the Holy Land within the next six months. The project was delayed due to the death of Chris Lewis’ wife. (Chris Lewis, Jerry Lewis’ son, and family founded and run AWM that supplies wheelchairs to the Holy Land and throughout the world.)
We raised $10,000 for the 2017 Zarqa schools summer camp project in Jordan. In June 2017, we presented a $10,000 check to the WL.
Our first Monday Rosary is now a whole-year event. Attendance hovers around 50.0% of the membership; attendance during the months of June, July and August averaged 26, a pleasant surprise. Special intentions are mentioned before the Rosary.
Several members attended the ordination of our two seminarians as deacons and then their ordination into the priesthood. The ceremonies were held at the Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas.
Our April 2018 Holy Land pilgrimage, with Bishop Joseph Pepe as the spiritual leader, is already fully subscribed and we have started a backup list. Joseph and Connie Micatrotto are the coordinators. We are excited that 22 of the pilgrims are members of the EOHSJ and each will receive the Pilgrim Shell in Jerusalem.
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Las Vegas
Lady Connie and Sir Joseph Micatrotto
Salt Lake City Area News
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Salt Lake City
Sir Fredrick L. and Lady Pamela C. Strasser
Honolulu Area News
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Honolulu
Lady Ann and Sir Thomas Brehm