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Equestrian Order of the HolySepulchre of Jerusalem Lieutenancy of Ireland Vol 2 №10

In This Issue:

Winter 2015

Annual Investiture Maynooth 2015

1 Annual Investiture Maynooth 2015

Bishop William Shomali addressing the Chapter Meeting in Maynooth on the 18th July.

2 Investiture of Most Rev. Denis Nulty Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin. 2 1973 Investiture of John Harrington 3 Investiture of the Most Rev. Dr. Kieran O’Reilly Archbishop of Cashel & Emly 3 St. Oliver Plunkett Procession Drogheda. July 5th 2015 4 Palestine and the Holy See 5 Emmaus November 2015 6 Corpus Christi Procession Dublin 4th July 2015 6 Regional Mass & Dinner Dublin 7 Dame Moira McGrath DGCHS 7 Fatima

Candidates for Investiture: Bernard Tansey, Jim Coffey, Peadar O’Mórdha and James Holohan at the Chapter meeting.

H.E. Charles Kelly with the new investees and the bishops in Maynooth July 2015

8 James Doherty KCSS KCHS 8 Pierce Plunkett KCHS KM

Upcoming Events 2016: January 1st, World Day of Peace Mass, Dublin Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock January 27th & 28th Knock Retreat March 27th Easter Sunday April 9th & 10th Spring Mass, Thurles April 30th Northern Regional Mass, Belfast May 26th Corpus Christi July 3rd Procession in honour of St Oliver Plunkett July 15th & 16th Vigil and admission of members, Maynooth

October 27th- November 6th Lieutenancy Holy Land Pilgrimage

November 19th Day of Recollection, Emmaus

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2015 Investiture: Most Rev. Michael Smith Bishop of Meath, H.E. Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio, H.E. Seán Cardinal Brady, Grand Prior, Most Rev. William Shomali Patriarchial Vicar in Jerusalem and Palestine and the Most Rev. Raymond Field Auxiliary Bishop in Dublin.

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Investiture of Most Rev. Denis Nulty Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin.

H.E. Seรกn Cardinal Brady the Grand Prior, and H. E. the Lieutenant Charles Kelly invested the Most Rev.

Denis Nulty as a Knight Commander with Star at a ceremony in the Oratory of the Most Holy Rosary in Tullow Co. Carlow. Present were the members of the Council of the Lieutenancy and Most Rev. Michael Smith KC*HS.

1973 Investiture of John Harrington John

is the longest serving member of the Lieutenancy, who was admitted to the Order by the then Grand Prior H.B. Giacomo Guiseppe Beltritti the Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem in 1973. John was subsequently one of the founding Knights of the Lieutenancy in 1986, having been attached to the English and Welsh Lieutenancy until then. He was the first Chancellor under H.E. Tom Sheahan.


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Investiture of the Most Rev. Dr. Kieran O’Reilly Archbishop of Cashel & Emly At a ceremony in the Oratory

of the St. Patrick’s College on September 4th in Thurles H.E the Grand Prior Seán Cardinal Brady invested the Archbishop of Cashel & Emly Dr. Kieran O’Reilly as a Knight Commander with Star in the Order, in the presence of the Lieutenant H.E. Charles Kelly. Amongst those present were members of the Council of the Lieutenancy together with the Most Rev. Raymond Field KC*HS, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, and the Very Rev. Mattie McGrath former Ecclesiastical Master of Ceremonies.

St. Oliver Plunkett Procession Drogheda. July 5th 2015

The Order was well represented at the annual procession in Drogheda, led by H.E. the Lieutenant, Charles

Kelly, and H.E. Nicholas McKenna together with other knights and dames, as well as some members of the Papal Orders in uniform. This was the 70th anniversary of the procession. H.E. Seán Cardinal Brady was the principal celebrant, and the sermon was delivered by Very Rev. Phil Gaffney.

Representatives of the Order at Drogheda pictured at the Shrine wherein is exhibited a relic of the True Cross.

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Palestine and the Holy See

The following is a summary of the content of the Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Palestine,

based on the text provided by L'Osservatore Romano. The Agreement has a specific nature that takes into account the legal and political situations that surround the conflict, and the rules that have gradually built up over the centuries. The Preamble, which refers to current international law, frames a series of key points: the self-determination of the Palestinian people; the objective of the two-state solution; the meaning, not only symbolic, of Jerusalem, in terms of its holy character for Jews, Christians and Muslims and its universal religious and cultural value as heritage for all humanity; and the Holy See's interests in the Holy Land.

The two Parties, considering their mutual daily relations, indicate in the negotiated agreement a way of

working, together and separately, not only in defining the condition of the Catholic Church in Palestine but also for the good of people and institutions. The Agreement is therefore an instrument for use in the process of attaining that just and lasting peace, that may be the result only of an agreement between the Palestinian and Israeli authorities. The idea that the future of the Holy Land rests in the hands of the actors present there is supported by the Holy See's wish to exercise her educational, spiritual and moral mission, but with reference to and amplifying the formula of Article 24 of the Lateran Pact, the Holy See shall take no part in any temporal rivalries between other States, nor in any international congresses called to settle such matters, save and except in the event of such parties making a mutual appeal to the pacific mission of the Holy See .

Chapter 2 of the Agreement relates to the theme of freedom of worship and conscience, exploring its various

dimensions and content, ranging from the civil effects of canonical marriage, the customary facilities for the different rites, respect for feast days and the right of Christians who work in public offices to be able comply with the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, religious assistance for the armed forces and prisoners, and the right of parents to impart a religious and moral education to their children. The explicit acknowledgement of authentic conscientious objection as a practice consistent with the right of freedom of thought, belief and religion is notable for its current relevance. The signing of the Agreement urges the Parties to look to the future without forgetting history and those events that, on political and legal levels, have outlined the condition, social fabric and normative order of Palestine, and within this, the action of the Church, as may be seen in the following chapters. Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Lieutenancy of Ireland

Current events in the Holy Land

Script of a talk given by Bishop Shomali, On July 14th, 2015, At the address made for the admission ceremony for new members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Maynooth, Ireland.

The booklet is also available online at

Taken at the launch of the publication of Bishop Shomali's address given to Chapter in Maynooth last July 2015. Left to right Fr. Tim Bartlett, H.E. Seรกn Cardinal Brady, H.E Lieutenant Charles Kelly, Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly and Michael Howard.

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Chapter 3, recognising the legal personality and right to self-organisation of the Church, protects its internal order, the freedom to confer ecclesiastical office, and the exemption of clergy from obligatory personal service such as military service, etc. Confirmation is given of the competence, as stipulated by Palestinian law, of ecclesiastical tribunals to exercise civil jurisdiction. The issue, further clarified in chapter 4, also relates to matters such as marriage, filiation and adoption, following the personal status of Christians in the Holy Land.

Chapter 5, starting from the regime of the Status Quo , lists the nature and typology of the Holy Places.

The concept of holiness from which that of religious rights derives is posited as the source of the obligation of the civil authorities to respect for the Holy Places the exclusive authority and canonical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church, except in the case of joint actions to the contrary. The issue is linked to freedom of worship and the necessary guarantees for pilgrimages and structures offering hospitality to pilgrims.

Chapter 6 guarantees the Church's right to work in educational, social, charitable and communications

sectors, and regulates the relationship with the Palestinian legal system. This is accompanied by general regulations on the freedom to receive funds and the discretion appropriate to ecclesiastical institutions with regard to their function and personnel.

Chapter 7 is dedicated entirely to Church property, and the special fiscal regime applicable to them,

inspired by functional criteria of non-liability, issues which due to their direct link to the local situation and legislation will be the object of further negotiations and agreements. The participation of the Palestinian Catholic community in the lengthy negotiations, which began in a systematic fashion in 2010, gave the Agreement an added value. The local Church has been shown to be an effective agent, providing a valuable contribution not only towards the consolidation of the ecclesial reality, but also to the image of Palestine and the Holy Land as a whole.

*Source: VIS - Vatican Information Service*

Emmaus November 2015

November, and it’s time again to gather oneself, re-prioritise and remember who, what and why we are, to

pray for our members and give thanks for those who have gone before us. Emmaus 2015 greatly assisted our 50 members and aspirants who heard from our speakers: Fr Tim Bartlett’s precis of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si will be in mind while reading it, and Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly gave an insightful outline of his visits to the Holy Land, a personal critique of the regrettable changes there. He particularly referred us to two books, one by Dr. Shlomo Sand, "The Invention of the Land Of Israel", and another: "I Shall Not Hate" by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. His Eminence Seán Cardinal Brady, our Grand Prior, attended for the whole day, celebrating Mass with us and mentioning in his homily the subjects of the earlier presentations to our aspiring members.

Anticipating the joys of Christmas, supported by the

Emmaus experience, may we pray yet more earnestly for understanding, for peace in the Terra Sancta and the world. Christ calls us to pray for our enemies. Perhaps never was the call more fitting than now.

Attending at Emmaus: Susan Falls, Gretta Dorgan, Monica McGill, Anne Holland & Sheelagh Hillen.

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Corpus Christi Procession Dublin 4th July 2015

The annual Dublin Corpus Christi Procession was held in the grounds of Holy Cross College Clonliffe on Thursday the 4th July 2015. Seventeen members of the Order were present and provided the guard of honour on the occasion, with four members acting as canopy bearers, and four as torch bearers, led by a colour party of three. While the overall public attendance was down on previous year, the Order was well represented. The ceremonies were presided over by the Archbishop of Dublin Dr. Martin, and also present in the crowd was H.E. Desmond Cardinal Connell KGCHS.

Regional Mass & Dinner Dublin The

Dublin Region Mass on Saturday evening, 19th September, was celebrated by Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, in Newman University Church, St Stephen’s Green.

The event was attended by members from all over the country. We particularly welcomed guests and

friends who have a potential interest in the Order. A formal dinner took place after Mass, in the beautifully proportioned Georgian dining room of the Kildare Street and University Club, overlooking St Stephen’s Green. After dinner, the Apostolic Nuncio addressed the 94 strong attending, praising the Order’s work for the ‘Living Stones’ in the Holy Land. The last East Coast Lieutenancy Mass was over fifteen years ago. This new initiative will raise the Order’s profile, and its work, in the Leinster region.

It is hoped this may become an annual event. Please

book early next year, as this inaugural event proved so popular it was oversubscribed. More photos are available on the website.


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Dame Moira McGrath DGCHS Moira died on Friday the 5

June in her 95th year. She was the widow of our second Lieutenant H.E. Michael McGrath who predeceased her. She is survived by her three sons, Desmond, Gerard (Gerry) and Brian. Moira was one of the first ladies to be admitted into the Order in Ireland, and was invested by H.E. Cardinal de Fustenberg the Grand Master, at the first Investiture ceremony in Holy Cross Abbey on the establishment of the Order in Ireland in 1986. th

She was a constant companion of Michael on Order functions, in Europe and America and hosted many

events in her home, where her hospitality was legendary. Apart from the hospitality, she was a most endearing hostess, full of good humour and mischief, with an infectious laugh.

Apart from her support for the Order, Moira had a deep interest in horse racing, and was the proud owner on many winners.

Moira pictured with Michael in 1993.

Dame Moira with H.E. Michel Sabah, the Latin Patriarch


Our Portuguese colleagues attend in strength for

ceremonies at the Fatima Shrine in May & October. They are integral to the ceremonies, attend cloaked and always have other Lieutenancies represented. If you wish to participate please contact the Chancellor. While it is anticipated that the Holy Father will attend in 2017, no details are currently available.

New Members

We are constantly seeking new members to assist us with our mission in the Holy Land. This task

falls to our members, whether young or not so young. We are especially desirous of boosting our Lady complement. Application forms are available from the Chancellor Peter Durnin, Rosaire , Moneymore, Drogheda, A92RF6F Deus lo Vult HS-Newsletter-Nov2015.indd 7


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James Doherty KCSS KCHS

James Doherty, owner of Doherty’s Meats passed away on the 22nd May 2015. He was 90.


former councillor with the Nationalist party, James Doherty was a man committed to civil rights. He served on many education committees, especially as Chairman of the Western Education and Library Board and also on the Derry Community Social Services, and was a prominent member of the Knights of St Columbanus. He was also a Knight Commander of the Order of Sylvester. However he is best known for his association with Doherty’s Meats, a company which was first opened in Derry in 1830. He is predeceased by his wife Phyllis. He was the father of Seamus, Ian, Thomas, Maire, Eibhlin, Filomena, Treasa, Niamh, Sean and the late Michael.

James was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in Holy Cross Abbey in 1986 at the first Investiture

of the recently established Lieutenancy. He was subsequently promoted to Knight Commander. A regular attender at Order functions, he will be sadly missed. His deep voice added much to the hymns. He was a graduate of U.C.D. with a first class honours B. Comm, and while in University joined the 42nd Battalion of the Army, earning him the Emergency Medal.

Pierce Plunkett KCHS KM Pierce

died on Saturday 27th June 2015, after a long illness. Pierce was admitted to the Order in 2006 and was promoted to Knight Commander in 2010. He was also active in the Order of Malta, having served in the Ambulance Corps and later as a Knight of Malta. He had retired from the Department of Social Protection due to illness, and was a regular attender at Order functions. He was predeceased by his wife Mary, and our sympathies are extended to his sons Barry and Damien, and to his brother Noel and sister Catherine.

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Council of the Lieutenancy

H.E. Charles Kelly, Lieutenant H.E. Seán Cardinal Brady, Grand Prior Peter Durnin, Chancellor Ivan Healy, Secretary Fintan Flannelly, Treasurer Vy. Rev. Francis Mitchell, Ecc. Master of Ceremonies Donal Burke, Lay Master of Ceremonies


Brendan O’Reilly Patrick Durcan H.E. Nicholas McKenna Monica McGill

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