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 Western Lieutenancy Member’s Bequest Helps to Restore EOHSJ Headquarters in Rome



A support for Palazzo della Rovere’s restoration from the bequest of a member from Western USA

Palazzo della Rovere, headquarters of the Grand Magisterium of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre is undergoing a restoration process that will preserve the building and provide for necessary safety upgrades while also restoring the invaluable XV and XVI century frescoes. In fact, the entire Palazzo della Rovere is subject to regulations by the Special Department of Rome Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape that in the past requested a major restoration project be initiated as a matter of the utmost urgency. This is clearly a long and necessary process.

The Grand Magisterium recently received a greatly appreciated surprise in this regard: aware of the challenge and the expenses to be faced because of this major effort, the Western USA Lieutenancy transferred $100,000 to the Grand Magisterium to be used specifically for the art restoration activities in the Palazzo. These funds come from the bequest of a member of the Order, Dame Mary Ann Kaffer, who was a benefactor of the Vatican Museums.

A devoted member of the Order in California for over two decades since her Investiture in 1992, Dame Mary Ann and her husband Bill actively participated in the life of the Western USA Lieutenancy. In addition to their dedication to the mission of the Order, the Kaffers were great supporters of the Vatican Museums. Generous members of the California Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, the Kaffers funded art restorations in the Eternal City.

“I knew Dame Mary Ann Kaffer well and I know that she would be very pleased that these funds will be used to benefit both the Order and restoration of art in Rome,” said Michael Scott Feeley, Lieutenant for Western USA Lieutenancy.

“We are grateful for the Kaffer’s generosity and look forward to seeing the restored historic art works once again enlivening the Order’s Palazzo della Rovere,” he concluded.

Once restored, Palazzo della Rovere will continue its mission of supporting the Order’s charitable work in the Holy Land.

(Summer 2019)

From the website of the Grand Magisterium

The Grand Magisterium’s latest quarterly newsletter for Summer 2019 is now available.

Be sure to see:
  • Message from the Grand Master: Called to follow Jesus
  • Report on the North American Lieutenants’ meeting
  • New work on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre receives major financial contribution

Click here to read Jerusalem Cross #54 with PDFviewer.

Click here to see or download the PDF file of Jerusalem Cross #54.

“If you have ever wondered if our Order makes a difference, I can assure you that it does”

Reflections by Father John Bateman, priest-secretary to the Grand Master.

The Grand Magisterium’s 2018 Annual Newsletter 

Be sure to see:
  • Article: The Mission of the Order’s Lieutenants at the Heart of the Consulta
  • Article: How Do Young People Live in the Holy Land

Click here to see or download the PDF file of Jerusalem Cross 2018 Annual.


The members of the Western Lieutenancy have been chosen to receive the prestigious Caritas Dei Award from Relevant Radio. Below is an excerpt from Relevant Radio’s letter to H.E. Sir Michael Feeley.

Your Excellency,

      On Thursday, May 30, 2019, Relevant Radio is honored to present the 31st National    Christ      Brings Hope Award to H.E. Most Rev. Jose Gomez for his dedication to the faith and to the people of Los Angeles. This will be the first Los Angeles award presentation, and we are hoping to make the evening a wonderful opportunity to bring Los Angeles area Catholics together to highlight the good work of Archbishop Gomez. 

       In addition, that evening Relevant Radio would like to invite the Western USA Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) to accept the Caritas Dei Award. One of the primary missions of Relevant Radio is utilizing our powerful media platforms to promote the good works and missions of Catholic organizations and individuals around the world. The Caritas Dei award is presented to those individuals and organizations who exemplify God’s perfect charity. The EOHSJ’s St. Vincent’s Ain Karem and Hogar Nino Dios projects in the Holy Land are fine examples of the important and life sustaining work being done by the Order. 

      Archbishop Gomez’s role as Grand Prior of the Western Lieutenancy makes the evening even more appropriate and special. It is also a wonderful coincidence that the Chairman of our Board of Directors, Sir Tom Vorpahl and his wife Dame Ann Vorpahl, as well as Board members H.E. Most Rev. David Ricken, KC*HS., Sir Timothy and Dame Pat VonDohlen (TX), Sir Robert and Dame Sally Atwell (WI), and Sir Robert and Dame Kathleen Riordan (WI) are also active members of the EOHSJ. We are honored that Los Angeles Area Councillors, Sir Dennis and Dame Susan De Pietro, have agreed to serve on the Christ Brings Hope Dinner committee. It is shaping up to be a terrific event! 


The Relevant Radio Christ Brings Hope Award Dinner will be held Thursday May 30 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Rev. Sir Dave Heney KCHS will be a special guest. For more information please visit

On March 27th, Father Sir David Heney, Deacon Sir Ryan Adams and Dame Margaret Romano recorded a radio interview by Deacon Steve Greco at the Tower of Hope at the Christ Cathedral.

The interview showcased and highlighted the works of the Equestrian Order, especially its involvement in various projects in the Holy Land.

Dcn Steve Greco, Fr. David Heney, Margie Romano, Dcn Ryan Adams


Margie Romano, Dcn Ryan Adams, and Fr. David Heney being interviewed by Dcn Steve Greco


The interview will be broadcast on 44 radio stations throughout the West Coast on April 28th from noon to one in the afternoon. To listen in, you will need to tune in to one of Relevant Radio’s stations. You can find a radio station in your area at

However members who cannot wait until the airing date, can see the interview on Steve Greco’s Facebook page here.





Grand Master, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, has appointed our Chancellor,
Dame Margaret Romano, DGCHS,
as the eighth Lieutenant of the
Western USA Lieutenancy.

Read the full story here

5000 People at Palazzo della Rovere

The Palazzo della Rovere, the international headquarters of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, opened its doors to more than 5,000 visitors on March 23 and 24, 2019.

Read the full story here


The 2018 Consulta in Rome, November 13-16

Pope to Holy Sepulcher Equestrian Order : “place evangelical love of neighbor as final aim of your works”

Pope Francis with an icon of “Our Lady, Help of Persecuted Christians” (Vatican Media)

Our Lieutenant Sir Michael and Dame Janet Feeley with the icon.


November 7, 2018 — (CNEWA) Background story on the EOHSJ Consulta in Rome November 13-16.


November 7, 2018 — (CNS/EWTN) Cardinal O’Brien says, “We don’t want the Holy Land to become a museum.

Click here for a PDF file of this article from Catholic News Agency.


A Message from the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order
September 8, 2018 – His Eminence Cardinal Grand Master Edwin O’Brien has addressed a communication to all members of the Order.
Click here to read his message.

August 15, 2018 — (EOHSJ) We are all overwhelmed with grief, anger, hurt, and many other emotions. Today, Cardinal O’Brien addressed the current crisis in his opening remarks at the Assumption Mass at the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. Short video.



“Pilgrims Together”

September 27 — October 1, 2018

Highlights of 2018 Annual Meeting of the Western Lieutenancy in Orange County

Comments by H.E. Patrick D. Powers, Vice Governor General of the Equestrian Order

September 29, 2018 – Comments by H.E. Patrick D. Powers, Vice Governor General and Knight of the Collar, at the Annual Meeting of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Western USA Lieutenancy.
Click here to read his message.


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



Western Lieutenancy – Upcoming Annual Meetings

Looking ahead, please note the dates and locations
for the 2020 and 2021 Annual Meetings (AM) as shown below.

Both venues are considered spectacular;
for highlights, refer to their respective websites.

2020 – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Thursday, September 24 – Monday, September 28, 2020

Langham Huntington Hotel
Pasadena, California

2021 – Diocese of Las Vegas

September 30 – October 4, 2021

Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
Las Vegas, Nevada


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

Msgr. Trudeau has served as the Ecclesiastical M.C.
for the Western Lieutenancy 

Read the full story from the Angelus News



los_angelesLos Angeles Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Sir Dennis and Dame Susan De Pietro 

Voice: 323-257-4253
Cellular: 323-314-4031



Upcoming Events:

First Monday Rosary

Please join our fellow Knights and Dames at 7:00 pm 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:

You can also follow are links below to each Mystery devotional available at EWTN:


Please pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land and for  the fight against the forces of evil.

To join a local gathering praying the Rosary please contact the following members who coordinate First Monday Rosary gatherings in their areas:
Dame Louise Garcia ( San Pedro and South Bay areas
Sir Dan and Dame Rose Grimm (805-551-6746 or Santa Barbara, Ventura areas
Sir Tom Blumenthal ( West Side area
Sir Peter and Dame Sharyn Godfrey ( Northeast and San Gabriel Valley areas

We are grateful to Sir Larry and Dame Jo Anne Lazar who will now coordinate the First Monday Rosary gatherings in the San Fernando Valley.  Their email address is




On Saturday, March 9th, St. Bede the Venerable Church in La Canada-Flintridge hosted the 2019 Los Angeles Archdiocese area Mass and mid-year meeting. We are grateful to their Pastor, the Very Rev. Sir Antonio Cacciapuoti and the staff at St. Bede for their hospitality.

About 110 knights and dames, investees and guests participated. Ms. Belinda Wulke, the Parish Liturgical Director, extended an invitation to the St. Bede parishioners to attend the Mass. She placed invitation flyers describing the work of the Order in their Sunday bulletin.

Grand Prior H.E. José H. Gomez, KC*HS, was principal celebrant and homilist. We are so grateful for his presence and involvement in these midyear meetings. We were also honored to have the Most Reverend Sir Joseph Brennan, KC*HS, as concelebrant.

Our gratitude to Rev. Sir Brian Nunes, for coordinating the liturgy and to Deacon Sir Ryan Adams, for being the Deacon of the Word. Participating clergy included Rev. Sir Dave Heney, Very Rev. Sir Francis Hicks, Rev. Sir William Connor and Deacon Sir Louis Roche.

Those who assisted in the liturgy:

Cross bearer: Sir Teo Zeolla, KCHS
Banner bearer: Dame Raida Sayegh, DGCHS
Our Lady of Peace icon bearers: Dame Mary Beth Legg, DHS, and Sir Scott Scherer, KC*HS
Reader: Dame Louise Tamberg, DHS
Intentions: Dame Gloria Wiley, DHS
Gift bearers: Dame Gabriela Reitzell, DHS and Sir Don Keagan, KGCHS

Special thanks to:

Dame Rosa Cumare, DGCHS, for facilitating the liturgy, liturgical music and underwriting the programs;
Dame Judy Brooks, DCHS, and Sir Jim Brooks, KCHS, for coordinating the event and underwriting the invitations.

After the reception and lunch, historian Michael Grumbine spoke about just wars and the Crusades. Our dear Chancellor and incoming Lieutenant, Dame Margaret Romano, KGCHS, delivered the Lieutenant’s presentation.

We are grateful to have these midyear meetings in parishes with member Clergy. It is both an opportunity for members to visit other Parishes and also as an outreach by the Order to fellow Catholics who are not familiar with our mission.




EOHSJ Holy Land Economic Development Fund

Most Reverend Sir Marc Trudeau will lead a committee in formation which will advance in the Los Angeles Archdiocese area the goals of the EOHSJ Holy Land Economic Development Fund (HLEDF).  This initiative is a project of the Western Lieutenancy Justice and Peace Committee and is overseen locally by Sir Peter and Dame Sharyn Godfrey, the Los Angeles Archdiocese area Justice and Peace Coordinators.  The HLEDF is the next generation of what was the microloan project established by members in the Diocese of Orange. It  has been and continues to be very successful in directly assisting businesses by providing small amounts of short term capital.  We are so grateful to Bishop Marc for giving of his already precious time to head this committee.  If you would like to be a part of this effort  please email us at  If you are asked to join the committee, please say yes!

As We Approach Holy Week

The following video  provided by Dame Jo Anne Lazar  was  filmed by documentary cinematographer Ms. Trish Geiger: It captures  members from St. Charles Borromeo entering the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and entering the edicule.













Orange Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Orange
Dame Kristin and Sir Stephen Luchetta



2019 Orange Area Summer Events

June’s Quarterly Mass and Rosary

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, 36 members of the Orange Area attended our Quarterly Mass and Rosary at the Shroud Center of Southern California located at the Santiago Retreat Center in Silverado, CA. The morning began with Mass celebrated by Msgr. Ted Olson, KCHS and the recitation of the Rosary. After the Mass, we gathered in the multi-purpose room for pastries, coffee, and social time.


Lee Sweeney, Director of the Shroud Center, presenting the history of the Shroud of Turin

After the break, we regrouped in the Divine Mercy Chapel for a special presentation on the history of the Shroud of Turin. Sir Dave Belz and Lee Sweeney, Director of the Shroud Center, led the presentation on the history and scientific evidence on the shroud. They also presented a full-size original Kodak photograph of the actual Shroud from the 1978 scientific study conducted by world renowned scientists including Barrie Schwortz.

The Shroud of Turin is the most scientifically studied artifact in all of history. The Shroud Center of Southern California has one of the most complete collections concerning the Shroud of Turin in North America.

Special thanks to Sir Terry and Dame Kathy McGaughan, Sir Dave Belz, and the Spirituality Team who organized this special event. Sir Terry also produced a special trifold of the Shroud for attendees. The members thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.

Dedication of Christ Cathedral

The Diocese of Orange, the 10th largest Catholic Diocese in the United States, dedicated the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The architectural landmark, formerly known as Crystal Cathedral, was purchased in February 2012.

          The interior of Christ Cathedral during the dedication.


Bishop Kevin Vann anointing the altar

The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, KC*HS, Bishop of Orange, led the solemn ceremony that lasted four hours. Over 3,000 people attended the invitation-only event, including priests and representatives of the 62 parishes in Orange County.



The Western USA Lieutenancy, headed by H.E. Lieutenant Michael S. Feeley, KGCHS and Chancellor Dame Margie Romano, DGCHS, was honored to participate in the processional. Christ Cathedral is open for Mass on weekends only, while the Hazel Wright Organ undergoes tuning; the organ will be dedicated in May 2020.​


KHS members who attended the Cathedral’s dedication: Sir Terry and Dame Kathy McGaughan, Dame Sally and Sir Bill Green, Dame Janet and Lieutenant Sir Michael Feeley, Chancellor Dame Margie and Sir Tom Romano, Dame Kristin and Sir Steve Luchetta, Dame Sophia and Sir Laurin Dodd

Ordination to the Priesthood

On Saturday, July 27, 2019, the Most Reverend Kevin Vann, KC*HS, Bishop of Orange, ordained six men to the priesthood in the first Ordination, an ancient and solemn ceremony, at the newly dedicated Christ Cathedral. The Orange Area of the Western USA Lieutenancy was honored to participate in the procession.

                   EOHSJ members in procession

The faith and dedication of the newly ordained priests are a blessing to Orange County and to the Catholic Church. Three will start their assignments at local parishes; the other three will continue their studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Visit to Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church

On Thursday, August 1, 2019, 21 Knights, Dames, and candidates visited Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church in Santa Ana. We were welcomed by Rev. Karekin Bedourian, Pastor of Forty Martyrs and enjoyed an incredible discussion about the history of the Armenian Church throughout the centuries.

Fr. Karekin Bedourian with EOHSJ members and candidates

Rev. Sir John Monestero also contributed to the evening’s question and answer section with Fr. Bedourian. They educated the group on the similarities and differences between the Oriental Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

Thanks to Fr. Monestero for arranging this incredible evening.


Orange Area Day of Recollection

On Saturday, August 3, 2019 the Orange Area EOHSJ, along with the Order of Malta, hosted the Annual Day of Recollection at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, in Irvine. Thanks to Rev. Sir John Janze, Pastor of St. Thomas More, for continuing the tradition. More than 100 Knights, Dames, and candidates attended the event. The day began with a continental breakfast and fellowship. Sir Rev. Sir John Monestero and Rev. Eric Hollas, OSB were our special guest speakers.  

Order of Malta Section President Ed Godlewski and Orange Area Co-Councilors Sir Stephen and Dame Kristin Luchetta welcoming the members of both EOHSJ and Malta to the Annual Day of Recollection

Fr. Monestero gave an informative talk on Blessed Bartolo Longo, an Italian lawyer and lay member of the EOHSJ, who is up for canonization. His fascinating story begins with hardship and his ultimate turning away from his Catholic faith, only to begin studying the occult at the university. Before long he was “ordained” as a priest of Satan. The faithful prayers of his family finally broke through and Bartolo began the work of coming back to his Catholic faith, through the direction of a Dominican priest. He focused on the Rosary and the love he felt of the Blessed Mother. For more than 50 years, he preached the Rosary, founded schools, established orphanages and transformed the city of Pompeii. October 5th is his feast day.

Fr. Hollas presented a descriptive lecture on the roles of both the EOHSJ and the Order of Malta in the early Crusades. He described the life and challenges of people during the 1100s, both in Europe and the Holy Land. He detailed the roles that each Order played in the ongoing conflicts and how the roles of the Orders today follow a similar path, namely, to support the Christian presence and sites in the Holy Land.

Each year we highlight a ministry that helps support Christians in the Holy Land. This year’s ministry is Hogar Nino Dios. We shared how this special home provides a loving and safe environment for children with special needs. Thanks to the generosity of those members of both the EOHSJ and the Order of Malta, we raised over $7,900 for Hogar.

We concluded the day with the celebration of the Mass. The Most Reverend Timothy Freyer, KC*HS was the Celebrant, along with Fr. Sir Janze, Fr. Monestero, Fr. Hollas and Rev. Sir Joseph Nettekoven, concelebrating.


Bishop Freyer concelebrating the Mass with Fr. John Janze, Fr. John Monestero, Fr. Joesph Nettekoven – all member priests

Our thanks to the Orange Area members who helped with the planning of this annual event.

Submitted by Sir Stephen Luchetta, KGCHS and Dame Kristin Luchetta, DGCHS Orange Area Co-Councillors




Interfaith Visit At Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church – March 2019

On Tuesday evening of March 26th, 27 members of the Orange Area gathered at Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, California, for an interfaith visit. Fr. John Monestero, our Justice & Peace (J&P) Spiritual Leader, organized the event in line with the J&P Committee’s mission to broaden the Orange Area members’ perspective on various religious denominations.

Our host, Fr. Steve Tchichlis, Saint Paul’s pastor, graciously greeted us in the main sanctuary. He gave an informative and engaging talk on the similarities and differences between the Roman Catholic and the Greek Orthodox Churches. He also updated us on how the Christians are doing in Islamic Turkey, especially the Greek Patriarch of Constantinople (now known as Istanbul).

Fr. Steve Tchichlis leading the discussions

Fr. Steve Tchichlis then led us to a wonderful tour of the church; we learned a lot about the meaning and significance of the religious icons.

St. Paul’s Church is one of the most beautiful churches in Southern California, adorned with mosaic icons created by an artist who formerly worked in the Vatican mosaic studio before starting his own studio in Rome. This church is a treasure in our own backyard.

Special thanks to Fr. John Monestero for arranging this special and memorable event and to Fr. Steve Tchichlis, our gracious host. We had an evening of fellowship and enlightenment.

Submitted by Stephen and Kristin Luchetta, Co-Councilors of the Orange Area

Lenten Retreat 2019

On Saturday, March 9, 2019, 63 members of the Orange Area attended our Annual Lenten Retreat at St. Thomas More Church in Irvine, hosted by Fr. John Janze, pastor.

Bishop Vann concelebrating the Mass with Frs. Horan, Tran, and Janze

The morning began with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange. His homily focused on the urgent call to follow the traditions of the Lenten Season concerning prayers, fasting, and alms-giving.


After the Mass, members gathered in the multi-purpose room for the spiritual retreat moderated by our keynote speaker, Fr. Quan Tran, Parochial Vicar at Christ Cathedral and Episcopal Vicar of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Diocese of Orange.

Fr. Quan Tran, keynote speaker and retreat moderator

Fr. Tran discussed the meaning and purpose of Catholic traditions during Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday and through the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday. He noted that Lent is a spiritual training that strengthens the soul. He echoed Bishop Vann’s homily on prayer, fasting and almsgiving as among the means to grace and holiness. He also explained the significance in our lives of the Paschal Mystery: the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord. Fr. Tran strongly emphasized that we should uphold the Lenten traditions out of love for God.

The retreat ended with a light lunch, fellowship, and the recitation of the prayer of the Western Lieutenancy.

Submitted by Stephen and Kristin Luchetta, Co-Councillors of the Orange Area.


Mid Year Meeting 2019

On Friday, March 1, 2019, 104 members of the Orange Area attended our Mid Year Meeting (MYM).

The evening began with a Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Newport Beach celebrated by Bishop Timothy Freyer, Auxiliary Bishop of Orange, and hosted by Msgr. Doug Cook, Pastor.

Sir Nick Wittner, KCHS, leads the procession


MYM Mass concelebrated by Bishop Freyer and Msgr. Doug Cook Bishop Freyer’s homily focused on spirituality and opportunities for members to practice prayer, fasting and almsgiving and during the upcoming Lenten season.


After the Mass, members gathered at Santa Ana Country Club for dinner and fellowship. During the dinner program, Bishop Freyer shared his faith journey from Priest to Bishop. He also touched on the spirituality of the Order and Pope Francis’ focus on the spiritual growth of our members. His message was timely since we were entering the Lenten Season.


Our Lieutenant, H.E. Sir Michael S. Feeley, thanked the Orange Area for hosting the successful 2018 Annual Meeting in Orange County. He shared his inspiration from the Consulta in Rome last November and talked about the spiritual growth of all our members as noted by Bishop Freyer.

Happy attendees: Janet Feeley, Stephen Luchetta, Michael Feeley, Kristin Luchetta, Bishop Freyer, Patrick Powers, Debra Powers

The evening ended with H.E. Sir Patrick Powers, Knight of the Collar, Vice Governor General of Honor, leading the members in the prayer of the Western Lieutenancy.

Submitted by Stephen and Kristin Luchetta, Co-Councillors of the Orange Area


Feast of Our Lady Queen of Palestine – October 2018

On Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th, knights and dames of the Orange Area participated in the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady Queen of Palestine. Eucharistic celebrations were held in San Antonio de Padua church and Holy Family Cathedral. Rev. John Neneman, Knight Chaplin and Fr. Patrick Moses, a candidate for Investiture in 2019, graciously hosted the events.

We robed and processed before and after the Masses, gave short pulpit talks and greeted the respective parishioners. We gladly shared information about the Order and the various projects we sponsor and finance in the Holy Land.

Our Lieutenant, H. E. Sir Michael Feeley, has strongly encouraged the Order to observe and celebrate this feast. Last weekend’s events marked the fourth year in a row that we have participated in the celebration of this important feast day of our Order.

Submitted by Stephen and Kristin Luchetta, Co-Councillors, Orange Area

Holy Family Cathedral Mass with the icon of our Lady Queen of Palestine Steve Lucheta, Kristin Lucheta, Lita Desales, Vince Salico, Barbara Salico, John Biale, Elena Biale. Diana Dudaniec, Peggy Eoff, Paul Eoff, Fr. John Neneman, pastor, San Antonio De Padua



Exaltation of the Holy Cross Feast Day Celebration, September 14, 2018

On Friday, September 14th, members of the Orange Area gathered at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church in Placentia for an Eastern Rite Mass to observe the Feast of the Exaltation of The Holy Cross. We gathered with the Melkite Community for Mass con-celebrated by Fr. Francois Beyrouti, Pastor of Holy Cross and Fr. John Monestero, our Justice and Peace Advisor.

After Mass we processed to the courtyard area for the traditional veneration of the Cross and fire ceremony signifying St. Helena’s celebration after locating the original cross. We then joined the congregation for desserts and coffee.

This is our second visit. We plan to make this an annual event for our Area in accordance with our Justice & Peace Committee’s mission to help educate the members of our Order, along with our Lieutenant’s wishes to celebrate the Order’s Feast Days.

Submitted by Sir Stephen and Dame Kristin Luchetta, Orange Area Co-Councillors


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:
1) Irvine/Tustin
2) Anaheim
3) San Clemente / Dana Point
4) Laguna Niguel / Mission Viejo
5) Newport Beach / Costa Mesa


Dear Knights and Dames 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 Dame Kristin Luchetta,
Orange Area Co-Councillors
“Deus lo vult.” 



Phoenix Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Phoenix
Dame Gloria Santos
Sir Tom Castellanos




tusconTucson Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Tucson
Dame Karen and Sir William McEwen



Bishop Weisenburger to Lead Holy Land Pilgrimage

The Most Reverend Edward J Weisenburger, KC*HS, Bishop of Tucson will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land October 19 – 31, 2020. Dame Sister Lois Paha, 0P, DCHS, is the group coordinator.  For more information, please contact Sister Lois at or call (520) 838-2545.  Please join us “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” next October.  Click here for Save-the-Date flyer.


Dame Ann Dickson, DC*HS
Chair for the Justice & Peace Committee

Dame Victoria Ana Sanguineti, DCHS
Diocese of Tucson’s Liaison
for the EOHSJ Legacy Society


Dame Ann Dickson was invested in the EOHSJ in 2008 and became involved in Justice and Peace soon after. She has been on Pilgrimage or Study Trips to the Holy Land 10 times since her investiture, many of those with EOHSJ Pilgrimages. She is a retired Civil Servant having worked in Maryland, D.C., Germany, Virginia, and Arizona where she then retired after 30 years of service.
Dame Ann has done graduate studies in Business Administration and Pastoral Ministry and was employed as the Director of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Sierra Vista, AZ where though now “retired,” she continues to volunteer in various ministries. She would say the Holy Land is her home away from home and a “ministry” to which she is joyfully committed!



Dame Dr. Victoria Ana Sanguineti was invested in 2014 with her husband, Sir Dr. Alejandro Sanguineti. Since her investiture, she has participated in the Order’s project to help cover the educational expenses of seminarians in the Latin Patriarchate of the Holy Land. In 2016, she had the privilege to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Bishop Emeritus Gerald Kicanas and received her pilgrim shell. In 2016 she was named the Diocese of Tucson’s Liaison for the Order’s Legacy Society.
Dame Ana recently retired from her medical career as a physician and educator at the University of Arizona. She is very active in her parish, Saints Peter and Paul, in multiple ministries – as a member of the Pastoral Council, the Finance Council, Eucharistic Minister, and Lector. She continues to enthusiastically endorse the various projects in the Holy Land sponsored by the Order.





Most Rev. Sir Edward Joseph Weisenburger, KC*HS,
Introduced as Prior for the Diocese of Tucson


Most Reverend Sir Weisenburger, KC*HS, was a member of the EOHSJ for 15 years before his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson. As Prior, he has always included in diocesan liturgies the Knights and Dames of the Tucson Area in their robes. He was previously Bishop of the Diocese of Salina, Kansas, where he was the only EOHSJ member.


Bishop Weisenburger’s biodata (from the Tucson Diocese website).

Bishop Edward Weisenburger was born in Alton, Illinois on December 23, 1960, to Edward John Weisenburger and Asella (Walters) Weisenburger, the third of their four surviving children. His father was a military officer and his mother a homemaker. He grew up primarily in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he graduated from high school in 1979.

He attended Conception Seminary College in Missouri, graduating in 1983 with honors. He then attended the American College Seminary at the Catholic University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium, earning the Pontifical S.T.B. in Theology, an M.A. in Religious Studies, and a Masters in Moral and Religious Sciences. In the spring of 1987, he returned to Oklahoma and began three years of ministry at St. Mary Church in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Bishop Weisenburger was ordained to the priesthood on December 19, 1987. He attended the University of St. Paul in Ottawa, Canada from 1990-1992, earning the pontifical J.C.L. degree in canon law. Upon his return home he was appointed Vice chancellor and Adjutant Judicial Vicar. In addition to chancery and tribunal duties he did weekend parish and prison ministries from 1992 to 1995 and served as an on-site chaplain for rescue workers in the weeks following the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

In the fall of 1995 Bishop Weisenburger began 17 years of service on the Council of Priests and the College of Consulters. He also served as a member of the Seminarian Board for 15 years. In June 1996 he was appointed Vicar General of the Oklahoma Archdiocese. He was an officer with the Archdiocesan Tribunal for almost 20 years and served as Promoter of Justice for the cause of canonization of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother. In October 2009 he was appointed a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, with the title Reverend Monsignor.

He served as pastor of two parishes: Holy Trinity in Okarche, Oklahoma (1995-2002) and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City (2002-2012).

In February 2012, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Weisenburger as Bishop of Salina, Kansas. In October 2017, His Holiness, Pope Francis appointed him as Bishop of Tucson.

Bishop Weisenburger enjoys his membership in the EOHSJ and the Knights of Columbus. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Conception Seminary College and the national Catholic Rural Life organization. When time permits, he enjoys reading and occasional travel.

(Click here for a printable copy of this story.)

Submitted by Bill & Karen McEwen
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Tucson


Bethlehem University Foundation Honors
Most Rev. Sir Gerald F. Kicanas, KC*HS

The Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, KC*HS, bishop emeritus of Tucson, Arizona will be honored with the Archbishop Pietro Sambi “Star of Bethlehem” Award (Award) for services to the Bethlehem University Foundation (BUF). This Award recognizes his support of Bethlehem University (BU) and for the endowed scholarship in his name. Congratulations to Bishop Kicanas on being selected the recipient of this special Award for 2019!

His Excellency, Most Rev. Christophe Pierra, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, will host the Annual Awards reception on November 14, 2019 at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C.  This will be the third year the Award is presented to an individual who, by giving generously of their time and/or talent, has been of particular service to the BUF in its ministry of supporting BU.

Archbishop Pietro Sambi served as Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine and as Chancellor of BU. He always referred to BU as “the real Star of Bethlehem.”  Described as “a great pastor of the Church and a great missionary of the Gospel,” Archbishop Sambi believed in patient work, the value of dialogue, and that charitable love and mutual respect were paramount to resolve differences.  For his tireless work and commitment, the Award for services to the BUF was created in 2016 by resolution of the Board of Directors of the BUF.  Recipients of this Award carry on Archbishop Sambi’s legacy by assisting the BUF in its sole mission of supporting and promoting BU.

Diocese of Tucson members of the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem raised funds to establish an endowed scholarship in Bishop Kicanas’ name when he was the Prior.  The plan was to honor him on his 75th Birthday with the scholarship fully funded, but funding was completed over a year earlier!  The Tucson Area members continue to contribute to the scholarship.  Although retired, Bishop Kicanas still lives in Tucson and continues to support the Tucson Area Knights and Dames. Several Knights and Dames from the Diocese of Tucson will attend the ceremony and reception in Washington D.C.

Submitted by Dame Karen and Sir William McEwen
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Tucson








san-diegoSan Diego Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of San Diego
Dame Nancy and Sir David Schanzlin


Please RSVP!
May God Bless you!

First Monday Rosary

Three Locations Santa Sophia, San Rafael, All Hallows.   7:00 PM
Bring a Friend to Pray the Rosary

Nancy and I will host the 1st Monday Rosary at All Hallows Parish in La Jolla at 6602 La Jolla Scenic Dr, La Jolla. Following the Rosary, we will have a reception in the Fireside Room.

Sir Patrick and Dame Bonni Esquibel will be organizing the 1st Monday Rosary at Santa Sophia Church in Spring Valley at 9800 San Juan St, Spring Valley. This month the Rosary will be held in the Children’s Chapel of the Church. A reception will follow in the Verhoeven Room in the parish hall. (Contact Information: Sir Patrick Esquibel

Sir Thomas and Dame Margot Kyd will organize the 1st Monday Rosary at San Rafael Parish in Rancho Bernardo at 17252 Bernardo Center Dr. The group will meet in the Chapel. After the Rosary,there will be a reception in the Church Meeting Room . (Contact information: 619-857-1170)

We hope that everyone in the Order will participate in our monthly 1st Monday Rosary and pray for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Mother and Queen of Palestine, for the suffering Church in the Holy Land.

If you cannot attend please download this EOHSJ Rosary Booklet and pray along with us.

May God Bless you!

David & Nancy Schanzlin
Area Co-Councillors San Diego
858-456-2247 (home)
858-945-0081 (David’s cell)
619-203-2000 (Nancy’s cell)

San Bernardino Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of San Bernardino
Dame Densy Chandra   760-455-9345
Sir Gregory Chandra   909-556-1180




San Bernardino Area Inaugural Quarterly Mass

Dear San Bernardino Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre, Investees, and friends:

Our Inaugural Quarterly Mass in June went well. Thank you to all who participated, including, Father Erik Esparza, KCHS, our Seminarians and our Coordinator, Dame Anne Cipta, DCHS.

Click here to see pictures and video of the event.


Upcoming Quarterly Masses:

Saturday, September 14, 2019
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church
157 W. Nicolet Street
Banning, CA 92220
Mass at 9:00 am
Vesting at 8:30 am
Breakfast to follow after Mass at Haven Restaurant
42 W. Ramsey Street
Banning, CA 92220
Presider: Father Stephen Porter, KCHS
Coordinator: Shannon Smith, DHS (

Saturday, December 7, 2019
St. Anthony Parish Church
2110 N. San Antonio Avenue
Upland, CA 91784
Mass at 8:30 am
Vesting at 8:00 am
Potluck breakfast at the parish hall
Presider: Monsignor Gerard Lopez, KHS
Coordinator: Dame Ruby Simpson, LHCS (

The Holy Father has reminded us that we are not a philanthropic organization, but our primary aim is related to “the spiritual growth of its members.” At our advisory meeting, Father Erik Esparza invited us to join him for a Saturday Mass as one of the many ways for us to nurture our spiritual needs, and also to strengthen relationship among members. When we come to pray and break bread together, we may experience the journey to holiness as members of the Order. We are looking forward to see many of our members at these Masses.



Dame Densy Chandra 
Sir Gregory Chandra
Area Co-Councillors


Dear San Bernardino Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre:

Two weeks ago, a handful of our members attended the Lenten Day of Recollection with Bishop Rutilio. The program was scheduled to end at 1:45 PM, but didn’t conclude until about 4:00 PM.

The day started with a hearty breakfast prepared by Dame Rebecca and Sir Jose. The conversations during breakfast warmed up the group. Then, we went to the Christ the Redeemer Church next door for the Sunday Mass celebrated by Bishop Rutilio, assisted by Sir Deacon Will and Deacon Jose Herrera.

Bishop Rutilio celebrated the Sunday Mass

Sir Deacon Will showed us the movie, Under Cesar’s Sword; he  brought the TV set for the viewing of the movie.  Sir Deacon Will also facilitated the Q&A after lunch prepared by Dame Muriel. The depth of the sharing around the table enriched the discussion.

Lunch and discussion of the movie, Under Cesar’s Sword

We continued the day with the Order Justice & Peace Stations of the Cross, which fit right in with the material of the day.

The day concluded with Bishop Rutilio’s eye-opening sharing of his visit to Gaza a couple of years ago. He noted that “Days like this help us to appreciate more the Order of Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre.”

The attendees suggested that we should schedule an all day program next year.

We thank Bishop Rutilio for his guidance. Thanks to the coordinators: Loretta Herrera and Deacon Jose, who also helped with the Mass.  We thank the attendees and the Orange area Co-Councillors for sharing the material with us.

This is a link to an article from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem’s website that relates well with the material of our Recollection.

Wishing  everyone a blessed Holy Week.


Dame Densy R. Chandra, LGKHS
Sir Greg M. Chandra, KGHS
San Bernardino Area Co-Councillors

San Bernardino Area 2019 First Monday Rosary and Fasting Schedule 

West End:
Saint Anthony Catholic Church
2110 N. San Antonio Avenue.
Upland, CA 91784
Coordinator: Sir Raymond Nolte, KC*HS (617-852-4492)

Redlands and vicinity:
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
115 W. Olive Ave.
Redlands, CA 92374
Coordinators: Sir Rich Herbst, KC*HS (909-499-9940) and Dame Susie Herbst, DC*HS (909-214-1132)

Low Desert:
Date: TBA
Where: TBA

Start at 6:00 PM with prayer intentions, rosary and then a light meal.

Please call or mail me below with guest additions, prayer intentions or changes to reflect to each host.
Shannon Smith, DHS
cell:  (917)597-0309


Roméria Virgen de Zapopan – 2018

Dear San Bernardino Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre:

Last month, a group of 35 Knights and Dames from the Western Lieutenancy joined the Vice Governor to Guadalajara to experience the Virgin of Zapopan Pilgrimage and also to give support to the local lieutenancy that is coming back. This pilgrimage is the second largest of its kind after the pilgrimage of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The seven miles journey from the Guadalajara Cathedral where the Virgin of Zapopan stays most of the year to the Basilica of Zapopan took about five hours, and 32,000 native dancers accompanied her along with bishops and priests. This year, she was accompanied by 35 Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre from the U.S. as well as the local members. More than 2 millions people lined up the street and 500,000 faithful attended the Mass standing outside of the Basilica. 500+ priests and not less than 300 seminarians were also in the crowd. About 200 Franciscan seminarians stay at the Basilica Seminary; it is the largest number of Franciscans in the world.

The Virgin wears new mantle and accessories specially design for her every year. The crowd pays respect to her along the journey and everyone seemed to maintain orderly conduct all along the way.

To have witnessed the crowd and seen the faces of elderly folks in the crowd engraved a life time reminder of how devotion of the Virgin, the heavenly Mother lasts a life time. There’s a discussion of making this pilgrimage as an annual event. We highly recommend members to experience it, at least once. We share the Youtube documentaries below.

Short version
Long version

Dame Densy and Sir Greg

Our Lady of Monserrat

Dear San Bernardino Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre:

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 Dames 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 Dames. 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.


Densy Chandra

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.
Shannon Smith
cell:  917/597-0309


Committees and Coordinators

Angel Ministry
Dame Dina and Deacon Sir Ayed Khader
Justice and Peace
Dame Ana and Sir Kevin Smead

Our Lady Queen of Palestine Projects
Dame Raida and Sir Nouri Sayegh
Outreach – Low Desert
Dame Mary Farrell

Outreach – West End
Dame Ruby and Sir Richard Simpson

Outreach – Hemet
Dame Muriel and Sir Wilfredo Vita

Rosary – Low Desert
Dame Marilyn and Sir Ross Willour

Rosary – San Bernardino
Dame Susie and Sir Richard Herbst

Rosary – West End
Dame Caroline and Sir Raymond Nolte

Strategic Development
Sir Thomas Davis

Dame Sharon and Sir Joe Kuebler
Dame Rebecca and Sir Jose Gutierrez
Year of Mercy
Dame Sandy and Sir Dan Miulli






Las Vegas Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Las Vegas
Dame Connie and Sir Joseph Micatrotto



2019 Annual Retreat on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

Greetings! We had a very successful second annual retreat on September 14th, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, at the Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas. Total attendance of 55 members and 21 investees and guests, was 33% higher than last year.

Monsignor Greg Gordon, KHS, our Knight Chaplain, led the retreat. He is also our spiritual director for the next Las Vegas pilgrimage to the Holy Land in October 2020.

Msgr. Greg Gordon leading the retreat

We started at 9:30 AM and ended with a Vigil Mass at 2:30 PM. A plenary indulgence was available to those who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, received Holy Communion, and prayed for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Tim Glemkowsk, our special Guest Speaker from Denver, Colorado, is a phenomenal Catholic international lay teacher and founder of L’Alto Catholic Institute. He focused on family and our vision of the Order. He strongly suggested that we consider him as our annual meeting speaker.

Tim Glemkowsk, Guest Speaker

We also had our own Fr. Roy Kurian, a Trinitarian priest from India and Associate at St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Church in Las Vegas. He and Msgr. Gordon made themselves available to administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Blessings in abundance,

Joe Micatrotto KCHS and Connie Micatrotto DCHS



Faith in Action Today (FIAT)

Blessings to all. When we hear the word FIAT, some immediately think of our Blessed Mother Mary’s complete surrender to the Divine Plan.  Others may be car fanatics and think about the old Fiat 126 Spyder (we owned one in 1976). But, it is our prayer that in the near future, EOHSJ members in the Western Lieutenancy and hopefully the entire Order – worldwide – will consider and take into heart FIAT.

FIAT is Pilgrimage 2.0, an exciting new formatted pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It allows members to venture into depths of care, concern, and assistance. Unlike anything offered in the past, it underscores what is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the Gospel at ALL times and when necessary use words.”, or in the great words of St James (2:17): Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

So, what is it and when can we go?  As envisioned, it’s a major project under the Holy Land initiative headed by three members: Dame Denise Scalzo, Dame Connie Micatrotto and Sir Joe Micatrotto. This idea germinated in our minds after a number of personal pilgrimages to the Holy Land that left us wondering: as Knights and Dames what more could we do with our own gifts and talents for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land?

All who traveled on a pilgrimage had that feeling of both joy and a bit of emptiness. We believe there could be more -.much more – than showing up on these superb spiritual events. Thus, we conceived the idea of FIAT to create a comprehensive personal and physical interactive vehicle that will bring together common interests, concerns and dedicated actions.


 Notre Dame des Douleurs (Jerusalem)
Joe Micatrotto with the young residents

Notre Dame des Douleurs (Jerusalem)
Connie Micatrotto with the elderly residents


In March 2019 we made the first development and planning trip specifically for this project. We visited various EOHSJ-sponsored assistance projects we could use as the genesis for FIAT. Many names are familiar, such as Hogar Ninos Dios, St Yves center, Beit Jala Seminary, while others may be newer to the fold.  The response and excitement is strong.  During our visit with Apostolic Administrator, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, one of the priests who attended the meeting stated “FIAT, as a project and cause, is spiritual dynamite!”:


Hogar Nino Dios (Bethlehem)
Connie and Joe Micatrotto with sister Pia



Hogar Nino Dios(Bethlehem)
Joe Micatrotto with Fr. Marcelo


The areas of concentration can grow but at this point we have five major points:

1) Economic opportunities in business and industry
2) Educational pursuits at all levels.
3) Health and safety issues/concerns
4) Social justice and legal matters
5) Spiritual solidarity and nourishment

When does it begin?   We are at the Genesis and the book of Revelation seems distant. But, with your prayers and support and If God wills it we hope to commence in late 2020. Early next year we will make another fact finding and binding trip. Our Lieutenant has given us the direction to move in a fashion that emphasizes team work and dedication of purpose. Through emails, publications, and meetings your Area Councillors will keep the membership informed and updated.  We STRONGLY encourage members to make their respective pilgrimage to the Holy Land and receive the Pilgrim Shell, as it is a must for making a FIAT.

Finally, our Lord made it very clear why He came to live among us – to teach us how to live together and love God and our Neighbors.  This project puts us next to the Lord as role models following Jesus, our savior and ultimate role model.

We have no delusions. This is not a magic wand or the only answer to retaining and increasing the Christian presence in the Holy Land.  But, we do believe that if we can provide the “few pieces of bread and fish”, our Lord will multiply these efforts beyond anything we could envision.

Blessings in God’s abundance


Joe Micatrotto KCHS
Connie Micatrotto DCHS






Click here to read the 2018 pilgrimage diary of Sir Joe and Dame Connie Micatrotto:

“44 Steppers Plus One….Holy Land pilgrimage in April 2018”



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 Dame 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/DCHS


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.


Bishop Joseph Pepe of Las Vegas Retires

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.



Salt Lake City Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Salt Lake City
Sir Fredrick L. and Dame Pamela C. Strasser






Honolulu Area News

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Honolulu
Dame Ann and Sir Thomas Brehm