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Los Angeles Area News

Archdiocesan Patronal Feast for Our Lady of the Angels:

On Saturday August 27th, about 25 Knights and Ladies from the Los Angeles Archdiocese and Orange Diocese attended the 6th Annual Votive Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for the Archdiocesan Patronal Feast for Our Lady of the Angels.

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The Mass, presided by EOHSJ member, Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop for the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, was followed by a Grand Marian Procession to La Placita Church for a benediction, then to a fiesta in “La Plaza de Cultura y Artes”. Banners, flags, color guards, and a marching band highlighted the procession.

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The feast, sponsored by the Queen of Angels Foundation, honored the city’s namesake and patroness and marked the city’s 235th birthday. (In 1781, a band of settlers founded “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles”). Other participants in the joyful observance included members of the Knights of Columbus, Knights of Peter Claver, the Order of Malta, the Order of St. Lazarus, the Order of St. Gregory – together with hundreds of Catholic faithful and members of various religious orders.

Kudos to Lady Susan and Sir Dennis De Pietro, Lady Nancy Iredale, and Sir Don Keegan for coordinating the event.



Upcoming Events:

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 ( San Pedro and South Bay areas
Lady Nancy Iredale ( West Side area
Lady Emma Stewart ( 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.

A Great Success!

Thanks to the efforts of Sir James and Lady Judith Salz, the 1st Annual Golf Tournament, held April 30, was a great success!

Knights, Ladies and friends  joined together to enjoy a beautiful day of community in support of Our Lady Queen of Peace Centre in Jordan.  With the support of special sponsors, over $30,000 was raised!

All the participants agree that they’re looking forward to next year!


“Deus lo vult.” God wills it.

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

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Orange Area News

Most Rev, Sir Timothy Freyer, KC*HS, Installed as Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Orange

Most Rev. Fr. Timothy Freyer, KC*HS, was ordained auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Orange on January 17, 2017. He is also the Titular Bishop of Strathernia. The diocese of Orange, under Bishop Kevin Vann, is the nation’s 10th largest Roman Catholic diocese.

Bishop Freyer was ordained a priest in 1989 and served in various parishes. In 2012, he was named Episcopal Vicar for priests. He was invested in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in 2005.


Several knights and ladies attended the ordination mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin Vann at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove. Among those in attendance were Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop Jose Gomez, Bishop Jaime Soto, Michael Feeley, Margie and Tom Romano, Mark Beery, Densy and Greg Chandra, Kristin and Steve Luchetta and many bishops and clergy.

For more information on Bishop Freyer click here.


Dear Orange Area Knights and Ladies:


For those who could not attend the Annual Meeting in Tucson (September 29 – October 3, 2016), we would like to share some highlights. But first join us in welcoming Sir Steve and Lady Kristin Luchetta, our newly appointed Orange Area Councillors. Steve and Kristin, who have been in the Order since 2000, have been very active in their parish, the Diocese, the community, and within the EOHSJ. Their most recent EOHSJ involvement has been organizing and overseeing the Annual Meeting Ministry Fair, inaugurated in 2015; they also successfully repeated the feat at our Tucson annual meeting. We will let Steve and Kristin tell you more about themselves when they return from their current Holy Land Pilgrimage; we look forward to proactively supporting them in their work.

We had an excellent gathering at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Tucson. The liturgies and retreats were inspiring. Cardinal O’Brien, our Grand Master, installed Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles as the new Grant Prior of the Western USA Lieutenancy. We also experienced a most informative Saturday speakers’ forum, an entertaining ‘wild western’ themed Saturday night party, and a lavish gala ball on Sunday Evening. In Sunday’s business meeting, noteworthy information was shared about our Lieutenancy’s substantial support of Holy Land schools, charities, and others.

The GW Marriott Starr Pass Resort was a first-rate venue, and the Tucson Area host team did an excellent job partnering with the Lieutenancy to produce a very memorable weekend – especially for those Invested. Speaking of new members, please also join us in extending a warm welcome to our newest Orange Area members including Sir Javier Trujillo, Lady Patty Trujillo, Rev. Sir James Ries, Rev. Sir John Neneman, and Rev. Sir Reynold Furrell.

A few pictures of the weekend experience are shown and described below.

Finally, we personally and profoundly thank each of you for the involvement and support that you have provided to us during the eight years that we led the Orange Area. We especially express our appreciation to our local members who served in leadership positions during our term of office. Your enthusiasm to contribute fresh ideas and participate in the many projects and programs that our Area introduced made it easy for us and our teams and general membership to carry out our united vision and collective plans. We are gratified to share with you that all of our Orange Area Knights and Ladies are well respected and admired throughout the Western USA Lieutenancy and beyond. Deservedly so!

Blessings to all. Please keep all of our Order members and their families and loved ones in your daily prayers and Mass intentions.

Sir Terrence and Lady Kathleen McGaughan



Lady Diane Grange (Secretary of the Western Lieutenancy) and Sir Pete Grange (Quartermaster of the Western Lieutenancy) who helped “deliver” and produce the Annual Meeting, and Lady Kristen and Sir Steve Luchetta, our new Area Councillors.

Lady Diane Grange (Secretary of the Western Lieutenancy) and Sir Pete Grange (Quartermaster of the Western Lieutenancy) who helped “deliver” and produce the Annual Meeting, and Lady Kristen and Sir Steve Luchetta, our new Area Councillors.


Bishop Vann & Abbott Hayes; our new Clergy/Knights (Rev. Sir Jim Reis (left); Rev. Sir John Neneman (2nd from left back row); Rev. Sir Reynold Furrell (center back row); and other Orange Area Clergy/Knights in attendance. (Very Rev. Sir Hugh Barbour is not pictured as he left early for a Vienna, Austria commitment.)

Bishop Vann & Abbott Hayes; our new Clergy/Knights (Rev. Sir Jim Reis (left); Rev. Sir John Neneman (2nd from left back row); Rev. Sir Reynold Furrell (center back row); and other Orange Area Clergy/Knights in attendance. (Very Rev. Sir Hugh Barbour is not pictured as he left early for a Vienna, Austria commitment.)


New members, Sir Javier and Lady Patty Trujillo, with Rev. Sir John Janze.
New members, Sir Javier and Lady Patty Trujillo, with Rev. Sir John Janze.

Some of the 500 Knights and Ladies and clergy at Mass at St. Augustine’s Cathedral during the Annual Meeting.Some of the 500 Knights and Ladies and clergy at Mass at St. Augustine’s Cathedral during the Annual Meeting.



Lady Elena Biale receiving the Western Lieutenancy's Archangel Recognition Award for her work mentoring and helping to prepare candidates throughout the Lieutenancy for their Investiture. Congratulations Elena and thank you for all you do!

Lady Elena Biale receiving the Western Lieutenancy’s Archangel Recognition Award for her work mentoring and helping to prepare candidates throughout the Lieutenancy for their Investiture. Congratulations Elena and thank you for all you do!





Diocese of Orange, California Annual Report

Mid-Year Meeting. Attended by 100 people. Began with morning Mass at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Newport Beach. We were honored to have  Msgr. Doug Cook, Rector of Holy Family Cathedral in Orange, CA and a Minister of Mercy named by Pope Francis as our keynote speaker. He discussed his duties as a Minister of Mercy and an overview of the Year of Mercy.

Margie Romero also spoke to bring us up to date with happenings in our Lieutenancy.  The event was overwhelmingly positive with a new verve to go out and participate in this Year of Mercy.

Visit to the Islamic Society of Orange County. About 50 members attended a talk with question and answer by Dr. Muzammil Siddiqu. After the talk we were invited to attend the evening prayer service in the Mosque. Very positive response. We continue with discussion/dialog regarding a joint community activity this Fall.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Door. Fifty members made the pilgrimage to San Juan Capistrano Basilica to hear a talk by Fr. Felix Just regarding the history and purpose of the Holy Door. We then put on robes and processed through the Holy Door and became part of the procession and participated in the Parish’s Saturday evening Mass. After Mass we went to a local restaurant for dinner. This pilgrimage was a highlight of the year.

Meditation on Corporal work of Mercy. Sent meditation to Fr. Felix Just for the Order’s Year of Mercy webpage. One of our members was kind enough to write an article for the Lieutenancy website. It will appear in September.

Diocese 24 Hour Adoration for Year of Mercy. Members robed and processed for  Mass at Christ Cathedral with Bishop Vann. We were asked to stand guard for the night watch hours of 10:00 PM through 6:00 AM.

Morning of Recollection. At our 15th Annual Morning of Recollection 80 members were present for presentations and Mass. During this morning we were able to collect monies to be sent to the Holy Family Hospital Foundation in Bethlehem. The $9,200 has now been forwarded in full and will be used to aid premature babies needing critical care.

Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross. In September we plan to participate in the Stations of Mercy which are on the grounds of Christ Cathedral. The Stations of Mercy will remain permanently after November. Our members will be guided through the stations and after completion will go to The Tower of Hope Chapel for Mass.

The Spirituality Team reports its 2016 on-going, seasonal, and other past activities during the year:

  • On-going:
    Monthly Rosary in five area locations with regular total attendance of about 70 members and guests.
    Prayer Group in the home of a member with three to five members in attendance. A new endeavor.
  • Seasonal:
    Christmas Card sale at the Annual Meeting.
    Lenten continuous novena by each member. Will repeat in 2017.
  • Past:
    Quarterly Mass and Rosary at San Antonio parish, attended by 60 KHS members and candidates.
    Attended the ordination of priests; 15 KHS members robbed and processed.
    Attended the 40th anniversary of the Diocese at Christ Cathedral; 30 KHS members robed and processed.
    Attended the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Grand Mass and Procession at LA Cathedral; robed and processed with the LA Archdiocese KHS members.



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Day of Recollection Attendees


Day of Recollection Mass

Day of Recollection Mass

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Fr. Felix Just's talk during our Pilgrimage to the Holy Door. Fr. Felix Just’s talk about the Holy Door during our Pilgrimage to San Juan Capistrano Basilica.



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




Phoenix Area News

Phoenix Year of Mercy Events

By Sir Frank Rivera

Our pilgrimage to a Door of Mercy took place at our Cathedral (St. Simon & Jude) on Dec. 13, 2015. We had 24 Knights & Ladies attend and process at a very beautiful Mass celebrated by Bishop Olmsted and several priests from the Order including Rev. Sir Fred Adamson & Rev. Sir Mike Straley. Lady Julie Nackard and Sir Frank Rivera led the procession. The Blessing and prayers by the Bishop were very spiritual and positive; the very opening of the Doors was a high point of spirituality. Prior to the procession, we were able to visit with people in the holding area and tell them about the Order.

Our next interfaith event is scheduled for Dec. 16, 2016 at Xavier High School auditorium. The program is to have a viewing of the “Open Bethlehem” film. We are planning for about 150-200 in attendance. The staff from Open Bethlehem and their executives along with our co- councilors will lead this event. An interfaith panel discussion will take place after the showing with a panel comprised of leaders from the Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and other faiths. We will report on this event after completion.

As one of our corporal works of mercy, we partnered with SVDP staff at their facility in south Phoenix on April 4, 2016 and assisted their staff in feeding the very poor and working poor. We also assisted in tutoring young children with their homework. We were pleased to have 28 Knights and Ladies in attendance at this very rewarding work. This effort was lead by Lady Julie Nackard and Sir Frank Rivera. We met in the chapel afterwards for our first Monday Rosary lead by Rev. Sir Fred Adamson. A very nice dinner was provided by our host Sir Steve Zablinsky, President/CEO of SVDP. This was a very heart moving experience for all of us; the only negative of sorts was the sad fact that there are so many in need!

Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Phoenix
Lady Julie Nackard

Sir Frank Rivera






Tucson Area News

The following article and photographs concerning our Annual Meeting in Tucson are taken from The New Vision, Tucson’s Catholic Newspaper, October 10, 2016:

Annual Meeting of the Western Lieutenancy: Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem brings hundreds of people to the Diocese, St. Augustine and San Xavier  

The Diocese of Tucson was host to the annual meeting of the Western Lieutenancy: Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Sept. 29 through Oct. 3.
Members of the group, which supports the Catholic Church in Jerusalem, spent time at Most Holy Trinity Parish and St. Augustine Cathedral. All but a few Masses were held at Cathedral due to the large number of people attending – more than 500 – and on Saturday, many of the Knights and Ladies visited the newly-restored Our Lady’s Chapel and expressed how beautiful the restoration work turned out.
One of the main events for Knights and Ladies was the Promotion and Memorial Mass held at Cathedral with several Cardinals and Bishops from other dioceses attended, including Cardinal Grand Master Edwin Frederick Cardinal O’Brien, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, retired Archbishop of Los Angeles, Archbishop José Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, Bishop Gerald Barnes, Bishop of San Bernardino, Calif., Bishop Joseph Pepe, Bishop of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas.
During the same Mass, Cardinal Mahony, who had been the Grand Prior of the Western USA Lieutenancy, turned over the position after 25 years to Archbishop Gomez.
On Sunday, there was the Mass of Investiture where new members are brought into the Equestrian Order. New members from the Diocese of Tucson included: David and Elaine Ball, Maryann Hockstad, Gracie Quiroz Marum, Father Robert Neske, Thomas Rogers and Katherine Smith. Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix joined the other bishops on the altar for this Mass.
There are many Knights and Ladies living in the Diocese of Tucson, and many priests, deacons and a few Sisters also are involved with the Equestrian Order.

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Lady Iris Taylor and Lady Charlotte Harris, both from the Tucson diocese.

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





San Diego Area News

On Saturday Dec. 12, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 53 Knights and Ladies of the San Diego area met at Our Lady of Confidence Parish for a morning of reflection to kick off the Holy Father’s Jubilee Year of Mercy. Father John Ezratty, a priest of the Miles Christi religious order, celebrated Mass, with music beautifully sung by Lady Carolyn Davidson. After a brunch, Father John gave us an inspiring presentation on what the Year of Mercy is all about and explained the special graces we can obtain during this Jubilee Year by performing corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It was a wonderful learning experience.

Also mark your calendar for our first Monday rosaries each month at 7:00pm at All Hallows parish. Each rosary is followed by a reception in the Parish library. Please join us for much needed prayer for peace in the Holy Land. The Rosary is the most powerful weapon we have to bring about a peaceful resolution to the wars and destruction in the Middle East.

We continue to enjoy periodic updates from our seminarian, Ramez Fawadleh, who shared with us that the seminarians at Beit Jala went to Jerusalem this past week to participate in the debut of the Year of Mercy in the Latin Patriarchate at the Gethsemane church. Please keep the seminarians in prayer as they begin their exams for the end of the first semester.

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




San Bernardino Area News

San Bernardino Area Announces the 2017/2018 Schedule for Their First Monday Rosary



December 4 – HOST:  – Shannon Smith – Indio  ** 

79621 Half Moon Bay Drive Indio CA 92201


January 8, 2018 – HOSTS:  Wanda & Frank Rizzo – Indio  ** 

44-389 Royal Lytham Drive Indio CA 92210


February 5 –  HOSTS:  Virginia Zamboni & Gabe Farrell – Rancho Mirage  ** 

71-359 Cypress Drive Rancho Mirage CA 92270


March 5 –   HOST:  Carol Morton – Indian Wells 

75810 Alta Mira Drive Indian Wells CA 92210


April 2 – HOSTS:  Barbara and Steve Hoffman – Indian Wells  ** 

75-313 14th Green Dr. Indian Wells CA 92210


May 7 – looking for a Host volunteer

** designates home is in a gated community.  RSVP is needed for security passes

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


Bishop Gerald Barnes, KC*HS, celebrates his 25th Episcopal Anniversary

May 1, 2017

The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre congratulates Bishop Gerald Barnes, KC*HS, on his 25th Episcopal Anniversary as Bishop of the San Bernardino diocese. His Silver Jubilee Mass on March 18 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Chino Hills, was attended by several bishops including LA Archbishop José H. Gomez. Also in attendance were members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Knights of St. Peter Claver, Knights of Columbus, priests and deacons from throughout the diocese.

Bishop Barnes was born in Phoenix, Arizona in June 1945, but grew up in the East Los Angeles area of Boyle Heights. He attended public schools and in 1967 graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a degree in Political Science.

He attended seminaries in Missouri and Texas. In December 1975 he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas and later named a honorary prelate with the title of Monsignor.  In 1992, Pope John Paul II appointed him as first auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of San Bernardino, and in 1995, as diocesan bishop.

A long time supporter of the Order since his investiture in 1993, Bishop Barnes is chief shepherd to one of the fastest growing dioceses in the nation, covering about 27,000 square miles and over 1.2 million Catholics.  He currently serves as chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) sub-committee on Hispanic Affairs and is a member of the USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.

His episcopal motto is, “Amar Es Entregarse“, meaning, “Love is the Total Giving of Oneself“.

For more information about Bishop Barnes’ Episcopal Anniversary Mass, click here.

October 9, 2016

Dear Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in the Diocese of San Bernardino:

With heartfelt gratitude, Sir Greg and I want to thank our past area Co-Councillors, Lady Sharon and Sir Joe Kuebler, for their kind words to both of us, and their continuous support for the Order. We also thank them for their dedication in the last four years. The Kueblers have stepped forward to be co-coordinators of the Spirituality Committee. We are also humbled by Bishop Barnes’ trust and confidence in us to be your new Co-Councillors in the next four years. With the help of God and all of you, our brothers and sisters in Christ, we will do our best to bring this mission to fruition.

Since our appointment, we have been overwhelmed with our own personal inquiries about the call of this ministry. When we joined the Order, we saw the annual meetings as opportunities for vacation, as a couple, away from our daily routine.  At the Tucson annual meeting we ended up working instead of having a laid back vacation; but we are privileged to have made new friendship in the leadership.

Having received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award earlier this year, along with our on-going personal reflections, as we journey through this Extraordinary Jubilee year of Mercy, and having entered through 38 Holy Doors so far, we have promised to be faithful to His calling. We’ve been blessed with the gifts of grace and mercy as we went through the Holy Doors. The gift of conversion is priceless. We encourage everyone to personally experience it.  Having received the highest Papal medal doesn’t mean we stop contributing our talents. We are reminded by the parable of the talents (Matthew 25: 14-30); that God has plans for us, continuously. This is one of the reasons we said “yes”, to take the role of the area Co-Councillors.

Now, let’s put plans in motion. Our members have been so gracious and supportive. To any member who wishes to assist in any of the committees, please contact directly the respective coordinators. Don’t be surprised if you are contacted in the near future to coordinate a committee. We have many plans in the making; our lieutenancy always comes up with many great ideas, then to move forward to implement them with the help of the members. 

Membership data: 

The pie chart shows the make-up our area membership (see Table 1 below). Currently, we have 127 members, out of 1,196 members in the entire Lieutenancy in nine dioceses. Our Order has tremendous work each year so we can continue to support the Holy Land. With more members, the burden each member carries would be lighter. The call of being a member of the Order is not ONLY about financial contributions and work but each member is called and selected to belong to a Papal Order founded in 1099, a prestigious status in itself. (see Table 2 below)

The process to invite friends and family to join the Order has changed. We are now allowed to share the information of the Order; presentation video is available to show to prospective members. We will periodically invite the candidates and meet with them to answer any inquiries they might have. Please contact us and the Outreach coordinators so we can assist the candidates to become full-fledged members.

As members of any organization, the Knights or Ladies of our Order have responsibilities to obey the Statutes and the Constitution of the Order. These are not optional; they are the integral parts to be a good standing member in the Order. The Knights or Ladies are to observe the following:

– Nurture spiritual aspects:
*   to attend daily and Sunday Mass
*   to receive sacrament of reconciliation regularly
*   to fast and attend First Monday Rosaries
*   to pray for peace in the Holy Land
*   to make pilgrimage/s to the Holy Land
*   to attend funerals of departed Knights and Ladies
*   to attend days of Recollection, Retreats
– Intensify the practice of Christian life and evince loyalty to the Supreme Pontiff
– Attend Mid-year and Annual Meetings
– Actively involve with the local church (parish and diocese)
– Support activities and initiatives for the Holy Land
– Give generously to provide the needs of Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

As your new Co-Councillors, we have big challenges to overcome. Our area members are aging, some have relocated or passed away, and we lost some to the lost sheep program. We challenge every member to invite at least a friend or relative to join the Order in the next three years to continue our work in the Holy Land, a place where Jesus Christ became man. By doing so, we hope to double our area membership. It can be done; together we can move mountains. We are the modern soldiers of Christ, witnesses and disciples to Christ, servants to one’s brothers and sisters in Christ. We have been called to protect and preserve the existence of our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.

“Deus lo vult.”


Lady Densy R. Chandra, LC*HS
Sir Greg M. Chandra, KC*HS
San Bernardino Area Co-Councillors

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Committees and Coordinators

Angel Ministry
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

Strategic Development
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                      909-556-1180  760-455-9345




Las Vegas Area News

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.

Click here to read the 2014 pilgrimage diary of Sir Joe and Lady Connie Micatrotto:



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




Salt Lake City Area News

Auxiliary Bishop Oscar A. Solis, KC*HS, Named Bishop Of Salt Lake City

Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop, Most Rev. Sir Oscar A. Solis, KC*HS of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah. The appointment was announced on January 10, 2017 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Several members from the Western Lieutenancy plan to attend his installation on March 7, 2017.

Bishop Solis was invested in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in 2008.

Saint Pope Paul II appointed Bishop Solis as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in December 2003. He previously served as vicar for ethnic ministry and auxiliary bishop of the San Pedro Pastoral Region, covering southern Los Angeles County.

A farewell mass for Bishop Solis was held on Wednesday, February 1st, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

For more information click here. 


Jubilee Year of Mercy pilgrimage takes Equestrian Order through St. Jude Maronite Parish’s Holy Door

The following article and photograph are taken from The Intermountain Catholic, Salt Lake City’s Catholic Newspaper, November 4, 2016:

Special to the Intermountain Catholic, Friday, Nov. 04, 2016, By Dora LaVoie

Members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) processed through the Holy Door of Mercy at St. Jude Maronite Church in Murray on Oct. 15.  

“The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem’s 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 for all the activities and initiatives which are necessary to support the Christian presence in the Holy Land,” according to the order’s website,

St. Jude is a Maronite parish of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, headquartered in Saint Louis, MO. St. Jude was declared a pilgrimage site for the Year of Mercy and the Holy Door was opened on Dec. 13, 2015, along with others throughout the world.

 sl_2016_webholydoorsidebar Maronite Father Joubran BouMerhi, pastor of Saint Jude Maronite Parish in Murray, with members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem after they went through the church’s Holy Door on pilgrimage to commemorate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy.


Eighteen EOHSJ members, in their robes, processed from the parish hall through the Holy Door to attend the Oct. 15 Vigil Mass. Father Joubran BouMerhi, pastor of St. Jude, welcomed the members. Throughout the Mass he explained those parts that differ in the Maronite Rite from the Roman Rite. Some of the major differences are: most of the Mass is sung/chanted; the sign of peace is passed from the priest at the altar to the deacon and then to the congregation; consecration is said in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke at the Last Supper; and communion is by intinction (the holy body is dipped into the Precious Blood and placed on the communicant’s tongue.)

Following Mass, Fr. Joubran and parish members hosted a dinner for the members of the order.

Throughout the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order, each area has been asked to observe the Year of Mercy not only by participating in a Holy Door pilgrimage but also by having interfaith dialogues about what mercy means to the different religious groups. In Utah, the EOHSJ sponsored an interfaith panel discussion during the Sept. 17 Diocesan Pastoral Congress at the Skaggs Catholic Center, during which members from the different religious communities spoke about the components of mercy within their respective religions. 

The EOHSJ members also were asked to submit articles of reflection about receiving or giving mercy in connection with the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. An article written by one of our members, Marie Nelson, was submitted to the Western Lieutenancy to be included in the monthly newsletter.

Dora LaVoie is a Utah member of Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

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





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