In a ceremony held at Saint Matthew Cathedral in Washington, eight Knights and six Ladies from the Diocese of Raleigh were invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem on Saturday, October 31. The investiture took place during Mass celebrated by Cardinal John P. Foley, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher. Msgr. Robert L. Stern, Secretary-General of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and President of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine, concelebrated and was the featured speaker at the banquet.
The Equestrian Order was established in 1099 to guard the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem. It has evolved into a society with the mission of sustaining and assisting the religious, spiritual, charitable and social works of the Church in the Holy Land; and on serving and propagating the faith and the rights of the Church there.
The October 31 investiture was for the Mid-Atlantic Lieutenancy, which consists of dioceses in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and the Archdiocese for Military Services.
The Diocese of Raleigh had the largest number of Knights and Ladies invested. They include Very Reverend James F. Garneau, V.F., Pastor of Saint Mary Church in Mount Olive and Curtis Stiles, Jr., parishioner at Saint Mary Church in Wilmington. Twelve of the new members of the Order are from Saint Michael the Archangel in Cary. They are Mark and Mary Dunham, Jean Fuccella, James and Kathleen Ludwiczak, John and Sonja Szymeczek, Lewin and Harriet Warren, William Weiss and David and Linda Wulff.
Also present for the investiture were several Ladies and Knights from previous years, including Msgr. Thomas P. Hadden, Msgr. Tim O’Connor, Msgr. Girard M. Sherba, and Mr. Ralph Townes.
Above: Newly invested Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem from the Diocese of Raleigh joined by fellow Knights and Ladies and family members.
Below: Msgr. Thomas P. Hadden, Msgr. Girard M. Sherba, Msgr. Robert L. Stern, Very Reverend James F. Garneau and Msgr. Tim O’Connor at investiture of Very Reverend Garneau and 13 lay men and women into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.