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Equestrian Order of the HolySepulchre of Jerusalem Lieutenancy of Ireland

Vol 2 №11

In This Issue:

Spring 2016

Holy Land Pilgrim Directors Guide

1 Holy Land Pilgrim Directors Guide 1 Investiture 2016 News Flash 2 1986 – 2016 The 30TH Anniversary of the Lieutenancy 3 Bishops Call for Human Dignity as Basis of Peace Statement of the Co-ordination of Bishops’ Conferences in support of the Church in the Holy Land, 15 January 2015

A guide booklet has been prepared with the assistance of two members

of the Order, and has been posted to every Parish Priest in Ireland. It is available on the Order’s web site, where it can be downloaded as a pdf document. Can you please check with your local PP as to whether or not he has been received this booklet. The purpose is to encourage pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and not just to visit the “stones”, but to also link with local parishes while there.

4 Visit to Rome and Grand Magesterium 4 Spring Mass Thurles 6 Christ’s Tomb in Jerusalem 6 Membership 6 Ill or in Ill-health 6 Corpus Christi 7 Annual Mass for Peace 7 Order Pilgrimage to Knock 8 Dame Olive Gallagher DCHS 8 Fr. Kieran Cantwell KHS PP 8 Annual Mass for the Sick

Upcoming Events 2016: May 26th Corpus Christi July 3rd Procession in honour of St Oliver Plunkett July 22nd & 23rd Vigil and admission of members, Maynooth

September 3rd Dublin Regional Mass October 27 - November 6 Lieutenancy Holy th


Investiture 2016 News Flash

H.E. Cardinal Edwin O'Brien shall conduct the admission ceremony in Maynooth this July.

Land Pilgrimage

November 19th Day of Recollection, Emmaus

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1986 – 2016 The 30TH Anniversary of the Lieutenancy 2016 marks the 30

anniversary of the establishment of the Lieutenancy in Ireland. After the initial meetings with the Order in Rome and in England, the Grand Prior and the Lieutenant were appointed and installed at a ceremony in Drogheda in April 1986. th

The early development of the Lieutenancy has been recorded in “10 Years a’Growing” by the Very Rev.

Feargal MacGrady, published in 1999. The Lieutenancy from simple beginnings in 1986 has now developed into the thriving institution that it now is and is currently guided by the fourth Lieutenant. May it continue to support and grow the work and objectives of the Order for the foreseeable future. Seated H.E. Thomas Cardinal O Fiaich (Grand Cross), and H.E. Douglas Jenkins (Grand Magesterium). At the rear, Michael McGrath (Secretary), John Harrington (Chancellor), H. E. Thomas Morris Grand Prior, H.E. Thomas Sheehan (Lieutenant) and Joe McDonnell (Master of Ceremonies). Once the Lieutenancy had been established the first investiture was held in Holy Cross Abbey in July 1986. The Grand Master Maximilien Cardinal De Fustenberg attended to preside over the ceremonies which were carried out by the Grand Prior H.E. Thomas Morris, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly.

Holy Cross in July 1986: Moira McGrath, Desmond Fitzgerald, Frank McGrath, Very.Rev Mattie McGrath, James Doherty, Vincent Gallagher, Brigid Sheehan, Mary Foran-McCusker, together with the Grand Prior H.E. Thomas Morris and the Grand Master Maximilien Cardinal de Fustenberg. (Not in the picture was Patrick Joseph White who died soon after the investiture). Sadly only three of the first investees are with us today. Prior to the establishment of the Lieutenancy all the members had either been invested in the English & Welsh Lieutenancy or in Jerusalem.


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Bishops Call for Human Dignity as Basis of Peace Statement of the Co-ordination of Bishops’ Conferences in support of the Church in the Holy Land, 15 January 2015

We came to pray with and support the Christian community and to promote peace and human dignity in this divided land.

We witnessed the tragic consequences of the failure of both local and international politicians to advance

peace. Human dignity is given by God and is absolute. The ongoing conflict assaults the dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis, but in a particular way our commitment to the poor calls us to lift up the suffering people in Gaza. A year ago, we called Gaza “a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal, an injustice that cries out to the human community for a resolution.” In the wake of the terrible destruction caused by last year's war, our presence reminded the small Christian community that they are not forgotten.

Many tens of thousands of families in Gaza lack adequate shelter. In the latest freezing weather, at least two infants died of exposure. The continuing blockade dramatically impedes rebuilding and contributes to desperation that undermines Israelis’ legitimate hope for security. It also creates intolerable levels of unemployment and pushes ordinary people into deeper poverty.

Despite the devastation, the appalling scenes of destruction we saw, and the fears of another war we heard,

hope is alive in Gaza. We saw families resolutely rebuilding their lives. We witnessed a small Christian community that has enormous faith. We admired the tenacity of many volunteers. We visited Holy Family School where Muslims and Christians study and play together in harmony. We met with the Holy Rosary Sisters, who true to their co-foundress Marie-Alphonsine, to be canonized a saint this year by Pope Francis, exercise a prophetic ministry of education. We celebrated Mass with the Sisters of the Bethlehem Carmel. Their foundress Mariam Baouardy, another Palestinian whose life testifies to the holiness that still emanates from this Land, also will be canonized.

Political leaders must defend the human dignity of the people in Gaza. One student poignantly told us that he received an email during the war asking if he needed food or clothing or shelter. Without bitterness, he replied that what he needed was dignity. People of good will on both sides of the conflict want the same thing, a dignified life worthy of the human person.

In the coming months we will continue to oppose the building of the proposed wall in the Cremisan Valley.

It would result in the loss of the lands and livelihoods of many Christian families. This situation is tragically a microcosm of the reality of the land issue. We will also continue to oppose expansion of the settlement program, illegal under international law, which we witnessed acutely in Hebron. Its impact on the freedom of movement of Palestinians and the confiscation of lands is simply unjust.

After the failed negotiations and ensuing violence of 2014, we urge public officials to be creative, to take

new approaches, to build bridges, not walls. We must humanize the conflict by fostering more interaction between Israelis and Palestinians. Peace will only come when all parties respect the fact that the Holy Land is sacred to three faiths and home to two peoples.

Aware that this year we walk in the footsteps of Pope Francis, we take to heart his recent statement to the Diplomatic Corps:

“My thoughts turn above all to the Middle East, beginning with the beloved land of Jesus which I had the joy of visiting last May, and for whose peace we constantly pray. We did this with extraordinary intensity, together with the then President of Israel, Shimon Peres, and the President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, inspired by a confident hope that negotiations between the two parties will once more resume, for the sake of ending violence and reaching a solution which can enable Palestinians and Israelis alike to live at last in peace within clearly established and internationally recognized borders, thus implementing the ‘two state solution’.” Deus lo Vult HS-Newsletter-Spring2016.indd 3


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The path to peace demands respect for the human rights of both Israelis and Palestinians. Our prayer nurtures the hope that makes peace possible. We call on all Christians to pray for the Jews, Christians and Muslims of this Land we call Holy.

Editors’ notes: Since 1998, the Co-ordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church of the

Holy Land has met at the invitation of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land. Expressly mandated by the Holy See, the Holy Land Co-ordination meets every January in the Holy Land, focusing on prayer, pilgrimage and persuasion with the aim of acting in solidarity with the Christian community as it experiences intense political and social-economic pressure.

Visit to Rome and Grand Magesterium During

a recent pilgrimage to Rome, Frank Hurl and his wife Eleanor met with Fr Enda Murphy who currently works in the Congregation for Divine Worship in the Holy See. Together they paid a visit to the Grand Magisterium in Palazzo della Rovere, as arranged by HE Charles Kelly. There they were graciously received by the Governor General HE Conte Agostino Borromeo who, despite a busy schedule, gave of his time, offered hospitality and shared the plans the Order has for the Palazzo, the adjoining hotel and the work of the Grand Magisterium. His Excellency also brought the party on a tour of the five halls of the piano nobile of the Palazzo, Fr. Enda Murphy, H.E. Count Agostino Borromeo and Frank Hurl the official reception rooms of the Order. Any member visiting the Eternal City may also wish to visit the Grand Magisterium and can rely on receiving a warm welcome; please alert H.E. the Lieutenant in advance

Spring Mass Thurles Over the week-end of the 9

& 10th April the Annual Spring Mass was held in the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly. This is in continuation of the long tradition within the Lieutenancy to hold the Spring Mass in a different Diocese each year. By this means we both bring our existence and message to the attention of the different bishops. Almost 60 members and friends attended and we were joined by His Grace Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly KC*HS at dinner on Saturday night and he was also the main celebrant at mid-day Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday. th

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On Saturday evening we returned to Holy Cross Abbey (where the Lieutenancy was established in 1986)

for Stations of the Cross and Mass, led by Fr. Francis Mitchell KHS, and afterwards to the Anner Hotel in Thurles for our banquet.


morning Mass was in Thurles Cathedral, where the Knights and Dames led the procession to the altar.

The Council of the Lieutenancy met on Saturday to

process the Order’s business while the other members assembled. The weather turned rather inclement.

“LOS AMIGOS” Judge Patrick Durcan and Brendan O’Rielly.

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Christ’s Tomb in Jerusalem

Jordan’s King Abdullah II will fund the restoration of Christ’s Tomb in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy

Sepulchre. Bishop William Shomali, Latin Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, warmly welcomed the decision of King Abdullah: “This is excellent news, news of a highly symbolic character, since the Holy Sepulchre is the most sacred place for Christians of all confessions. This decision shows the kindness of the King towards Christians and his constant concern to preserve the heritage of Christianity, including his role as guarantor of the Holy Places, Christian and Muslim, Jerusalem, according to the Wadi Araba agreement.”


Royal Court informed the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem of the “makruma” (Royal Benefaction) in a letter addressed to His Beatitude Theophilos III on 10 April. For his part, the Orthodox Patriarch praised the generosity of King Abdullah, recalling how His Majesty remains the faithful guardian and custodian of Muslim and Christian Holy Places of Jerusalem.

The Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Latin Custody of the Holy Land announced during Holy

Week that restoration works on Christ’s Tomb would begin soon after the Orthodox Easter solemnities. The Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Basilica of the Resurrection, has been the holiest site of Christian pilgrimage since the 4th century.

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem saysthe aedicule, the place of burial and Resurrection of Christ, will

be the object of the restoration. It has remained untouched since 1947when the British put in place steel support beams as part of a restoration project that never took place. The funds offered by His Majesty for the project will be entrusted to a Greek team led by Professor Antonia Moropoulou of the National Technical University of Athens.

The three main Christian denominations that worship at the Church include the Greek Orthodox, Latin and Armenian Churches. All have agreed to cooperate for the realization of the restoration effort. [Report from Vatican Radio]

Membership Any

member who is considering proposing individuals for membership is requested to contact the Chancellor Peter Durnin GCHS, at Rosaire, Moneymore, Drogheda, or by phone at 087 6591992. Please be aware of the criteria that apply to such consideration.

Ill or in Ill-health In

the event that you become aware of a member ill, or indeed wish to have prayers said for a specific intent, please contact our Secretary Ivan Healy at 39 Ashdale Road, Terenure, Dublin 6, or at

Corpus Christi Dublin

Region members are requested to attend at Holy Cross College Clonliffe, in cloaks at 7.00 pm. Contact John McGrath on 087 295 3967 for more details.


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Annual Mass for Peace The

annual Mass for peace was held in Foxrock County Dublin on the 1st January 2016 in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, and celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. As this Mass clashed with the start of the States 2016 commemoration of the 1916 rising, there was no “official� delegations present this year. The Order was represented by the presence of 14 Knights and Dames robed, three other members in Papal Order uniforms, one unrobed member and one clerical member.

Order Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual Pilgrimage to the Knock Marian Shrine took place on the 29

and 30th January with some 65 members and guests attending. The rubrics were conducted by Very Rev. Francis Mitchell KHS, assisted by Very Rev. Aiden Jones KCHS. Mass was celebrated on Saturday in the Apparition Chapel by Most Rev. Michael Neary KC*HS Archbishop of Tuam. Also in attendance on the altar at 97 years was the Rev. Kevin Laheen KCHS. th

Eamonn and Geraldine Walsh were also in attendance, about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Many congratulations to them both. The heavy rain on Friday and the snow fall on Saturday did not dampen the spirits. Three of our six aspirants were also in attendance. Brian McCarthy, Rodney Leonard and James Fitzpatrick

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Dame Olive Gallagher DCHS

In her 95th year, Olive (nee McEvoy) passed away on the 7th January

2016. Olive was pre–deceased by her husband Vincent and her son Vincent junior, Both Vincent and Olive were staunch members of the Order and regular attenders at functions. Olive was admitted in 1989, and became a Dame Commander in 2001. Always with a smile at functions, she will be sadly missed by her extended family and friends. We offer our sympathies to her family of Bairbe, Aine, Orla, Maebh and Eileen and Michael, her brother Noel , and the extended family and friends.

Fr. Kieran Cantwell KHS PP Father

Kieran died peacefully in the care of the staff of St. Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny on the 7th February 2016. His last posting was as Parish Priest in Danesfort Kilkenny. He was the only son of the late James and Rita Cantwell from Ballyragget. Father Kieran was invested in 2010 in Maynooth.

Annual Mass for the Sick

The 2016 Mass of Healing and Anointing of

the sick took place in the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace on Merrion Road in Dublin on Sunday the 7th February. The Order was represented by H.E. the Lieutenant, and some 10 robed members, with another 6 members in attendance.

Celebrants including Archbishop Dermuid Martin and Bishop Field

Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Lieutenancy of Ireland

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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