Last week I received the happy news that I am to be promoted from the rank of Knight to that of Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sephulchre of Jerusalem this coming October. One of the few remaining chivalric orders, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre has a long history:
The Constitution of the Order states four specific purposes to which the Knights and Dames are committed:
- To strengthen in its members the practice of Christian life, in absolute fidelity to the Supreme Pontiff and according to the teachings of the Church, observing as its foundation the principles of charity of which the order is a fundamental means for assistance to the Holy Land;
- To sustain and aid the charitable, cultural and social works and institutions of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, particularly those of and in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, with which the Order maintains its traditional ties;
- To support the preservation and propagation of the Faith in those lands, and promote interest in this work not only among Catholics scattered throughout the world, who are united in charity by the symbol of the Order, but also among all other Christians; and,
- To uphold the rights of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land.
Please join me in praying for the work of the Order and for our brothers and sisters in Christ living in the Holy Land.