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Equestrian Order of the HolySepulchre of Jerusalem Lieutenancy of Ireland

Vol 2 â„–6

Winter 2013

In This Issue: 1 New Lieutenant 2 2104 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 3 Investiture of Papal Nuncio 3 New Scottish Lieutenant 3 Holy Land Custos 4 Investiture 2013 6 Procession in honour of St. Oliver Plunkett

New Lieutenant The

Grand Master has appointed Charles Kelly KCSS, KC*HS to succeed H.E. Nicholas McKenna as the 5th Lieutenant of the Equestrian Order in Ireland with effect from the 1st January 2014. Charles was educated at Castleknock College and practiced law as a solicitor and amongst his many achievements he was the Supreme Knight of the Knights of St. Columbanus. He has served many years on Council, latterly as Chancellor, and has been a member of the Order since 1993. Charles will be installed as Lieutenant at Mass in Knock on the 24th January 2014, in the presence of Archbishop Michael Neary and H.E. Archbishop Charles Brown the Apostolic Nuncio.

Cong 2013

7 International Pilgrimage to Rome September 2013


Regional Mass was celebrated in Cong on Saturday the 5th October 2013. Some 125 members and guests enjoyed the good weather and the gathering. Archbishop Michael Neary was the principal celebrant and Fr. Kevin Laheen the homilist. Special thanks to the Concannons for organising the event.

8 Death of H.E. Dr. Michael Whelan KSG, KGCHS

Upcoming Events 2013-14: 9th November, 2013 Day of Recollection, Emmaus 1st January, 2014 World Day of Peace Mass, Dublin 24th-25th January, 2014 Knock Retreat 5th April 2014 Spring Mass, Killarney

Rome 2013

20th April, 2014 Easter Sunday 3rd May, 2014 Northern Regional Mass, Belfast 19th June, 2014 Corpus Christi 6th July, 2014 Procession in honour of St Oliver Plunkett th 18 -19th July, 2014 Vigil and admission of members Maynooth Irish Group in Rome 2013-09-25

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2104 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Irish Lieutenancy Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Led by HE Charles A Kelly KC*HS – Lieutenant. 6th to 15th September 2014

Day one – Saturday 6th September 2014 We will depart from Dublin airport to Tel Aviv, we will meet our guide and bus and will be taken to our hotel in Bethlehem for our evening meal and overnight. Day two – Sunday 7th September 2014 A full day walking tour of Jerusalem. We will visit the Mount of Olives, starting at the church of the Our Father and then re-tracing the steps of Jesus on the first Palm Sunday we will walk down to the church of Dominus Flevit (the Lord wept) where we will celebrate Mass, visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. After lunch we follow the way of the cross starting at the Church of St. Anne’s, built by the pool of Bethesda. We trace the Lord’s steps along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and return to Bethlehem for our evening meal and overnight accommodation. Day three – Monday 8th September 2014 We visit the Church of the Nativity where we will celebrate Mass. Then visit Bethlehem University to see the work the Catholic Church is undertaking in the field of education. After lunch visit the Shepherd’s fields, here there will be the opportunity to visit a local cooperative souvenir shop; nearly 70 families make and sell their work here. We call home for abandoned children in Bethlehem before returning to our hotel for our evening meal and overnight accommodation. Day four – Tuesday 9th September 2014 We travel early to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to celebrate Mass at Calvary and then to visit the tomb. We have breakfast at a local restaurant before walking to Mount Zion, seeing the Upper Room, the tomb of King David and the site of the Dormition of our Lady. We will finish the morning with a visit to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the site of Caiaphas’ house. After lunch we travel to Nazareth to check in to our hotel in Nazareth, with a free evening Day five- Wednesday 10th September 2014 We travel to the small village of Cana to visit the church of the wedding miracle. We then move on to Nazareth where we will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation before touring the town to see the church of St. Joseph, the Ancient Synagogue and the Church of Mary’s Well. After lunch we drive to Mount Tabor where we go up the mountain in taxis to spend some time at the church of the Transfiguration. We overnight in Nazareth. Day six – Thursday 11th September 2014 After breakfast and drive to the Sea of Galilee where we have Mass at the Primacy of Peter, we visit Tabgah (feeding of the 5,000), the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum after which we break for lunch. Following lunch we take a boat ride on the lake before boarding the bus to travel to the Sheikh Hussein crossing to enter Jordan. We continue to the Rosary Sisters in Amman for our evening meal and overnight accommodation. Day seven – Friday 12th September 2014 After breakfast we leave for Madaba to visit the parish and the newly opened church where we will celebrate Mass. We also have time to see the ancient mosaics in the Byzantine church before breaking for lunch. After lunch we drive to Mount Nebo, the burial place of Moses and enjoy the spectacular views across the Jordan valley. If time allows we will visit the Baptismal site at Bethany of the Jordan, where we will have the opportunity to renew our Baptismal Vows. We return to the Rosary Sisters in Amman for our evening meal and overnight accommodation. Day eight – Saturday 13th September 2014 Today we spend the day in Naour where we visit the school the Lieutenancy supports, we will tour the school meeting both the staff and students we conclude our morning with lunch. In the afternoon we visit the Queen of Peace centre where we will have time to meet with Fr Imad, the parish priest, and learn more about the situation for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. We conclude our day by celebrating Mass together before returning to the Rosary Sisters for our evening meal and overnight accommodation. Day nine – Sunday 14th September 2014 After breakfast we leave for a parish in Amman to join the community for Sunday Mass after which we will have coffee together and the chance to meet the parishioners. We then have lunch after which the afternoon will be free before returning to the Rosary Sisters for our evening meal and overnight accommodation Day ten – Monday 15th September 2014 We leave the hotel early to check in for our flight to Dublin. 2

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Investiture of Papal Nuncio Ardee 28th May, 2013


Eminence Sean Cardinal Brady, Grand Prior, invested His Excellency Archbishop Charles Brown Papal Nuncio to Ireland as a Grand Officer of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in the Convent of Mercy in Ardee on the 28th May 2013. Also present were the Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin and the Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Ray Field, together with the Lieutenant and the Council of the Lieutenancy. The Nuncio later addressed the members present.

New Scottish Lieutenant

H.E. Frank Lunny has stepped down as Scottish Lieutenant and has been

replaced as Lieutenant by J. Ritchie Greig KC*HS who was installed in August 2013. Frank who will become a Lieutenant of Honour, has been a frequent visitor to Maynooth during his term as Scottish Lieutenant. We wish Frank and Elizabeth a long and pleasant retirement.

Holy Land Custos

J. Ritchie Greig KC*HS


Holy Father has confirmed the election of Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M., as Custos of the Holy Land and Guardian of Mount Zion for another three-year term, as and from June 28th 2013. The Franciscan presence in the Holy Land started in 1217, when the province of Syria was established, with Brother Elias as Minister. By 1229, the friars had a small house near the fifth station of the Via Dolorosa. In 1272 the Sultan Baibars allowed the Franciscans to settle in the Cenacle (also called the Upper Room) on Mount Sion. Later on, in 1309, they also settled in the Holy Sepulchre and in Bethlehem. In 1333, King Robert d'Angiò of Naples, and his wife, Sancia di Maiorca, bought the Cenacle from the Sultan of Egypt and gave it to the Franciscans. In 1342, Pope Clement Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa VI, by the Papal bulls Gratiam agimus and Nuper charissimae declared the Franciscans as the official custodians of the Holy Places in the name of the Catholic Church. The Custodian was described as the “Guardian of Mount Zion in Jerusalem”. Between 1342 and 1489, the Custodian was the head of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and held the ex officio title of Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. Deus lo Vult


Investiture 2013

On a beautiful weekend over the 19

and 20th of July the Investiture ceremonies were carried out in Maynooth to an excellent attendance of members, friend and guests, in the presence of the Grand Master of the Order. In all 12 new members were invested, three Dames, three Clerics and six Knights. th

Left to right: Gearoid Williams, Fr. Patrick Devine, Patrick O’Sullivan, Mairead Walls, Thomas Lynch, Mary Duffy, Thomas O’Keeffe, Sheelagh Hillen, Fr. Derek Darby, Fr. Enda Murphy, John McCullen and Raphael Kelly.

The promotions were carried out at the Vigil Service on Saturday evening, by the Bishop of Meath Dr. Michael Smith KC*HS in the presence of His Eminence John. Cardinal Njue Archbishop of Nairobi, pictured above with H.E. the Lieutenant Nicholas McKenna.

The Grand Master Edwin Cardinal O’Brien

carried out the Investiture on Saturday together with His Eminence Sean Cardinal Brady, the Grand Prior.


in attendance were: The Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown KC*HS, H.E. John Cardinal Njue, Most Rev. Michael Smith KC*HS Bishop of Meath and the Most Rev. Raymond Field KC*HS Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin. Representatives for the Swiss, English and Welsh, Scottish, Spanish and Finnish Lieutenancies/Delegations were in attendance. The main altar party with the Grand Master, entering the sanctuary on Saturday.

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The new members pose for the traditional post Investiture photograph, with the Nuncio, The Grand Master, the Grand Prior and Cardinal Njue.

The Grand Master Edwin Cardinal O’Brien and the Grand Prior Sean Cardinal Brady.

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Procession in honour of St. Oliver Plunkett On Sunday 7

July 2013, H.E. Nicholas McKenna led a party of 26 Dames and Knights through the streets of Drogheda during the course of the national Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Oliver Plunkett. In a break with longstanding tradition the Procession commenced in Holy Family Parish which is in the Diocese of Meath and progressed 1,500 yards over the River Boyne and thus into the Archdiocese of Armagh and arrived at the Shrine in glorious sunshine. The Order’s flag was carried by Chev. James J Dorgan and the acting Lay Master was Comdt R Frank Hearns. Amongst the concelebrants was Rev. Fr. Mark Mohan, KHS. th

The two boroughs, one on the south the other on the north of the River Boyne, of Drogheda were united

under one charter in 1412 and thus the reason for the Procession commencing from the Diocese of Meath. The significant Church dignitaries attending were Cardinal Sean Brady, GCHS and Grand Prior, H.E The Apostolic Nuncio Charles Brown KC*HS, and Most Rev’d Michael Smith, Grand Officer, Bishop of Meath.

During the course of his homily Archbishop Charles J Brown said: “It is persons of conscience who shape the world; it is they who will triumph in the final analysis. Yes,

they may seem for a time to be, as Jesus says in the Gospel today, like “lambs among wolves”, but let us never forget that the way of the Lamb is the way of victory, because it is the way of truth. At the very end, “the Lamb will conquer and the Woman clothed with the sun…” But even before that definitive end, human history is marked by those women and men who have the courage to be true to what we as human beings know in our hearts is right. We instinctively recognize such people and we admire them. We gather here today in Drogheda to remember such a figure. Oliver Plunkett may have been the last in the line of the Catholic martyrs at Tyburn, but he was certainly not the last in the line of courageous Irish women and men who have chosen to follow their consciences in the face of pressure and opposition. Saint Oliver Plunkett is revered and remembered as a patron of peace and reconciliation: peace that is the fruit of truth and reconciliation that is the fruit of Christian love. His boast, his only boast was in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ. May his memory be eternal”

Members outside the Shrine in Drogheda.


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International Pilgrimage to Rome September 2013

In connection with the Year of Faith an International Pilgrimage to Rome was held in September 2013 with some 3,000 members of the Order attending, including a delegation from the Lieutenancy led by the Lieutenant. Pope Frances granted the participants a general audience and in his address stated:-

“An ancient bond links you to the Holy Sepulchre, the perennial memorial of Christ crucified who was laid

there, and of the Risen Christ who vanquished death. May Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected, be truly at the centre of your existence and of every personal and collaborative project. Believe in the redemptive power of the Cross and of the Resurrection, to offer hope and peace. The Land of Jesus is in particular need! Faith does not distance us from the responsibilities we are called to assume, but on the contrary triggers and drives us towards concrete effort to build a better society�.

The Chancellor Charles Kelly and some other Irish pilgrims in the midst of St. Peters Basilica in Rome.

Some of the Irish group visiting the Vatican gardens.

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Death of H.E. Dr. Michael Whelan KSG, KGCHS

former Lieutenant of England and Wales, and member of the Grand Magesterium.


died on the 31st July 2013 after a long illness, borne with great dignity and courage. A tireless worker for the Christians in the Holy Land, not alone did he guide the fortunes of the British and Welsh Lieutenancies for eight years as Lieutenant, he then served on the Grand Magesteirum in Rome, as well as chairing “The Friends of the Holy Land” charity in Britain. He led many pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and not just with the Order, but also with his local community. He also worked with the Bishop’s Conference on the Holy Land travelling there on many occasions. A frequent visitor to our Investiture ceremonies, he impressed all who met him. To his wife Norah we extend our deepest sympathies.

Knock 2014 The

2014 weekend in Knock shall be 24th-25th January. The proceedings commence with Mass on Friday evening in the Apparition Chapel at 5.00pm at which Archbishop Michael Neary, KC*HS, shall preside and the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, KC*HS attend. The transfer of Lieutenancy leadership shall take place during the Mass. Prof. Bart McGettrick of the Grand Magisterium shall witness the transfer on behalf of His Eminence the Grand Master On Saturday the Parish Church shall be used for the Stations concluding with Mass in The Church of Apparition.

Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Lieutenancy of Ireland Council of the Lieutenancy

H.E. Nicholas McKenna, Lieutenant H.E. Séan Cardinal Brady, Grand Prior Charles Kelly, Chancellor Peter Durnin, Secretary Fintan Flannelly, Treasurer Vy. Rev. Fergal McGrady, Ecc. Master of Ceremonies Gerard Lawler, Lay Master of Ceremonies Latest Updates at: Kindly designed by: Eric Dumas, Solid Space Printed by: Bethlehem Abbey Press


Geraldine Walsh Brendan O’Reilly Patrick Durcan H.E. Joseph McDonnell, Lieutenant of Honour

H.E. Nicholas McKenna Lieutenant

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