The Duty of Pilgrimage

The deliberations at the October, 2003 Consulta emphasized that, “Pilgrimage has always been, and still is, an important event in the life of the Order. It is a joint undertaking with high spiritual, penitential and symbolic value.” A pilgrimage to Jerusalem “is a strong moral and individual commitment for all those who are in a position to carry it out.”

A pilgrimage to the Holy Sepulchre of Our Lord and to the other sacred places is also an act of solidarity with our brothers and sisters living in the Holy Land. Our presence among them is an encouragement to the Christian minority in that land, among so many problems, pressures and difficulties. Also, a deepened faith that comes from experiencing the Land of the Bible and its people enables pilgrims to give special witness to those with whom they live and work.

The Pilgrim Shell is the most prized decoration of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. It is awarded to Knights and Ladies who complete a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that includes visiting works of the Order, education on the situation among the Catholic population in the Holy Land and praying at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. Normally it is presented by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, or his representative, and consists of a scalloped shell in silver in the center of which is placed the Jerusalem cross in red, bordered in gold.
Originally, the symbol of a complete pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James the Apostle at Compostela, Spain, the shell is now the universal sign of pilgrimage. The shell reminds us that we are all pilgrims on earth and members of a pilgrim Church. It is also a pledge to aid the needy, especially in the Holy Land.

In this 10 minute video, join members of the Order as they make their own pilgrimage.

“Pilgrimage is the gateway to members making a deeper commitment to the mission of the Order.” Sir J. Scott Scherer, KC*HS

Upcoming pilgrimages to the Holy Land:

The Lieutenancy is committed to promoting pilgrimages to the Holy Land as the best means of evidencing the Order’s commitment to the Christian Community in the Holy Land. Click here for a downloadable summary of the presently-scheduled pilgrimages for 2019 and 2020.)



“Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”



MARCH 2019

March 10, 2019 – March 21 , 2019  Fr. Chris Heath invites you on this Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, visiting Tiberias, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. “We are on a journey through this life to our Promised Land. If you have never made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, or have been there before, I invite you to join me and other pilgrims on this holy journey.” Fr. Christopher Heath, KCHS, is Pastor of St. Hedwig Church, Los Alamitos, CA. Click here for the brochure with full details, itinerary, and registration.

APRIL 2019

April 29, 2019 – May 10, 2019 This pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be conducted under the Spiritual Direction and Leadership of Deacon Sir Ryan Adams KCHS, Lady Wynsdey Adams LCHS, and Rev. Sir Jeff Baker, KHS.  Click here for the brochure with full details, itinerary, and registration.


October 30, 2019 – November 10 , 2019  Make a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land under the Spiritual Direction and Leadership of the Most Rev. Sir Marc Trudeau, KHS. The group coordinators are Sir Tod and Lady Louise Tamberg. Click here for the brochure with details and contact information.


October 12, 2020 – October 24, 2020  Pilgrimage is under the Spiritual Direction and Leadership of Monsignor Gregory W. Gordon, KHS. Group Coordinators: Sir Joe Micatrotto, KCHS, & Lady Connie Micatrotto, LCHS. Brochure available after December 24, 2019.


October 26, 2020 – November 5 , 2020  This is the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Official Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It will be under the Spiritual Leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez, KC*HS. The Group Coordinator: is Lady Judy Brooks, LHS. Brochure available after January 5, 2020.



Read the Pilgrimage Accounts of Other Members of the Order
from the Western Lieutenancy

Two Pilgrims’ Personal Diary – 2018 

Cardinal Roger Mahony’s 29 Steppers . . . Living Stones of Jesus 2014