Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem


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Southwestern USA Lieutenancy

  • The EOHSJ Southwestern Lieutenancy is a registered IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization and donations are tax deductible as provided by law.
  • EIN 87-2226802


Archdiocese of Galveston–Houston

Grand Prior:
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, KGCHS

Lois K. Folger, DGCHS

Office Manager:
Cindy Rogan

  • Contact:
  • EOHSJ Southwestern USA
  • 2001 Kirby Drive, Suite 902
  • Houston, TX 77019
  • 713.524.5444

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February 16 — March 1, 2025

14 Day Pilgrimage Retreat

To The Holy Land

Very Rev. Norbert Maduzia Jr., E.V., D.Min.

St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, Spring, TX


May 19 — 30, 2025

12 Day Rome &

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Pilgrims of Hope: 2025 Jubilee Year

Fr. Johnson Le

St. Ann Catholic Church - La Vernia, TX


Changing to November 2025

13 Day Rome & Holy Land Pilgrimage

Fr. Paul Felix, Pastor, The Church of the Annunciation – Houston, TX



Please use email below to contact:

Dame Michele Malloy, DGCHS



Protocol for Receiving a Pilgrim Shell

To receive a Pilgrim Shell, the most treasured decoration of the Order, please submit a letter to the Lieutenant with the following information:

  1. The date you made the pilgrimage to the Holy Land;
  2. The name of the spiritual director and contact information;
  3. The names and contact information of two other pilgrimage participants.
  4. The number of days you spent in Jerusalem and the number of days you spent in Galilee and other areas of the Holy Land.
  5. A copy of your itinerary or a list of the holy sites you visited.
  6. A brief personal reflection on your pilgrimage and what it meant to you.

If you have a brochure describing your pilgrimage, please submit a copy.
This information will allow the Lieutenant to evaluate your application and determine if your trip meets the requirements of an Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem pilgrimage.

Upon review by the Lieutenant, and once approved by the Grand Master of the Order, a certificate of pilgrimage and a pilgrim shell will be mailed to you.

Please include an honorarium of $100.00 per Pilgrim Shell requested and mail to:

    H. E. Lois K. Folger, DGCHS
    Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
    Southwestern USA Lieutenancy
    2001 Kirby Drive, Suite 902
    Houston, Texas 77019


Annual Meeting and Investiture

Oct 18 — 21

Little Rock, Arkansas



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Meeting Attire



Oct 20 — 23, 2023



Photo Link: Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem 2023


Future Annual Meeting and Investiture Dates and Locations

2025 • Sept 5-8
San Antonio, Texas

2026 • Oct 16-19
Tulsa, Oklahoma

2027 • Oct 15-18
Austin, Texas


Visiting Clergy



Information Regarding Attire for Knights and Dames

Dress Attire For Investees

Our thanks to Sir Steve and Dame Linda Pinion, Sir Michael and Dame Regina Lodes and Msgr Gregory Gier and the photographer Cathy Nelson

Attire Illustrations Download
Dress Attire For Investees  Investees
Investiture Mass Attire  Investiture Mass
Memorial Mass Attire  Memorial Mass
Saturday Black Tie Dinner  Saturday Black Tie
Sunday White Tie Dinner  Sunday White Tie

cross Concerning the EOHSJ Insignia

  • With street dress/business attire the rosette (resembles a stickpin)
  • With cocktail/black tie attire the miniature insignia (small pin with ribbon)
  • With evening/white tie attire the large insignia on the large ribbon


Official Documents

EOHSJ Constitution 2020


The EOHSJ Principles of Conduct 2012


The EOHSJ Administrative Operating Procedures 2012


Legacy Bequests

A donation of a Bequest from your will is a beautiful way to help our sisters and brothers in the Holy Land. If you are interested please click on the link below to learn more


New Member Nomination

We encourage you to nominate anyone who is a Catholic in good standing who you feel actively participates in his or her diocese and parish. The three forms below will aid you in your nomination


First, read Nominating New Members. Nomination form will familiarize you with the nomination process and the timeline for nominations



A priest may only be nominated by a bishop or the superior of his order. Please use the priest recommendation form to request a priest to be considered for nomination



When you wish to nominate a member, begin by visiting with them to gauge their interest and to explain our Order to them. The most common reason for declining an invitation to join is a lack of understanding of who we are and what we do. You may leave a copy of An Introduction to the Order (see link below) with them

*** It is important that you do not invite the candidates to join! Each candidate must be approved by the local pastor and bishop and then by the Vatican. ***



The purpose of visiting is to help potential members increase their interest in joining our order. Finally, fill out an application form (see link below) and submit it to your section representative. Thank you for your support of our Order!

About Us

A Brief History

The origins of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem date back to the First Crusade, when its leader, Godfrey de Bouillon, liberated Jerusalem.

Godfrey de Bouillon
Godfrey de Bouillon
As part of his operations to organise the religious, military and public bodies of the territories newly freed from Muslim control, he founded the Order of Canons of the Holy Sepulchre. According to accounts of the Crusades, in 1103 the first King of Jerusalem, Baldwin I, assumed the leadership of this canonical order, and reserved the right for himself and his successors (as agents of the Patriarch of Jerusalem) to appoint Knights to it, should the Patriarch be absent or unable to do so.

The Order's members included not only the Regular Canons (Fratres) but also the Secular Canons (Confratres) and the Sergentes. The latter were armed knights chosen from the crusader troops for their qualities of valour and dedication; they vowed to obey Augustinian Rule of poverty and obedience and undertook specifically, under the command of the King of Jerusalem, to defend the Holy Sepulchre and the Holy Places

Very soon after the First Crusade the troops, including the Knights of the Order of Canons of the Holy Sepulchre, began to return to their homelands. This led to the creation of priories all over Europe, which were part of the Order as they came under the jurisdiction of the noble knights or prelates who had been invested on the Holy Sepulchre itself and who, although they were no longer in the direct service of the King of Jerusalem, continued to belong to the Order of Canons.

The Order first began to fail as a cohesive military body of knights after Saladin regained Jerusalem in 1182, and completely ceased to exist in that format after the defeat of Acre in 1291.

Siege Of Acre 1291
Siege Of Acre 1291
The passing of the Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem left the Order without a leader, though it continued to survive in the European priories thanks to the protection of sovereigns, princes, bishops and the Holy See. The priories kept alive the ideals of the Crusader Knights: propagation of the Faith, defence of the weak, charity towards other human beings. With the exception of events in Spain, it was only rarely that the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre ever took part again in military action to defend Christianity.

In the 14th century, the Holy See made an extremely high payment to the Egyptian Sultan so that he would grant the right to protect the Christian Sanctuaries to the Franciscan Friars Minor. Throughout the whole period of the Latin Patriarchate's suppression, the right to create new Knights was the prerogative of the representative of the highest Catholic authority in the Holy Land: the Custos.

In 1847 the Patriarchate was restored and Pope Pius IX modernised the Order, issuing a new Constitution which placed it under the direct protection of the Holy See and conferred its government to the Latin Patriarch.

The Order's fundamental role was also defined: to uphold the works of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, whilst preserving the spiritual duty of propagating the Faith.

In 1949, Pius XII decreed that the Grand Master of the Order should be a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church and assigned the position of Grand Prior to the Patriarch of Jerusalem. In 1962 Pope John XXIII and, in 1967, Pope Paul VI reorganised and revitalised the Order by adding more specific regulations to the Constitution with the intention of making the Order's activities more co-ordinated and more effective.

In February 1996, the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II enhanced the Order's status. Today it is a Public Association of faithful with a legal canonical and public personality, constituted by the Holy See under Canon Law 312, paragraph 1:1.

Over and above its historic connotations and its eventful progress in times gone by, the valuable and interesting aspects of the Order today lie in the role assigned to it, which it pursues within the sphere of the Catholic Church and through its administrative structure and its local organisations in various communities.

The Order Today


  • The Order's aims are:
    • 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 which make the Order a fundamental means of 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 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;
    • To uphold the rights of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land.
  • The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is the only lay institution of the Vatican State charged with the task of providing for the needs of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and of all the activities and initiatives to support the Christian presence in the Holy Land. The contributions made by its members are therefore the Patriarchal institutions' main source of funding.

Structure of the Order

  • The Order has a definite hierarchy. At the top is the Cardinal Grand Master who is appointed directly by the Holy Father, to lead and govern the Order. The Grand Master is assisted by a consultative body, the Grand Magisterium, whose task is to identify and agree with the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem the programmes and action to be undertaken each year to provide for the Christian institutions and communities in the Holy Land, including the operating methods and timescales.
  • The Presidency of the Grand Magisterium consists of the Governor General, the Vice–Governors General and the Chancellor of the Order: this is the Order's executive board. The hierarchy then divides into two distinct parts: ecclesiastic and lay. The first, headed by the Chancellor and the Ceremonial Officer, is responsible for the Order's spiritual development; the second, headed by the Governor General, is responsible for managing the Order. The task of the ecclesiastical hierarchy is to define programmes and events to be put in place to develop Members' spirituality. The task of the lay hierarchy is to carry out the Order's social and charitable activities on behalf of the Holy Land.
  • The Order is subdivided into Lieutenancies, which in turn are divided into Sections. If appropriate, the Sections may be further divided into Delegations. The Lieutenant, Section Heads (Presidi in Italy and Sicily) and Delegates (responsible for the Delegations) are accompanied by a parallel ecclesiastical organisation consisting of Section and Delegation Priors.
  • All these roles are functional, involving administrative responsibilities; they are not honorary titles. The term of office is four years, which may be renewed, subject always to the holder carrying out his/her tasks correctly and effectively. Suitable candidates for each post are suggested by the immediate superior and submitted to those in higher positions and the Grand Magisterium for final approval.
  • The Order currently has 52 Lieutenancies: 24 in Europe, 15 in North America and Canada, 5 in Latin America and 6 in Australia and the Far East. At present, the number of active Members is around 23,000. These are the Members who actually practise the life dedicated to service and charity which they promised to uphold when they were admitted to the Order.



    In 1986, the Southern Lieutenancy was divided into the Southeastern and Southwestern Lieutenancies with Washington D.C. and certain states of the Eastern Lieutenancies added to the new Southeastern Lieutenancy

North American Lieutenancies


  • As already indicated, the Order is represented in almost every country in the world where there is a large Catholic community and appropriate conditions for activities that will allow it to achieve its objectives.
  • Together, and individually, each Lieutenancy, Section and Delegation draws up a yearly programme of meetings and events aimed at strengthening the spiritual growth of the Members as well as events to raise awareness of the Order's role and activities in their respective local communities.
  • The donations raised for the Holy Land are administered by the Lieutenancies in accordance with the administrative and fiscal legislation of their country of operation and each Lieutenancy maintains relevant accounts which are reported to the Grand Magisterium. These accounts include the amount of donations, the beneficiaries and the purpose for which they are allocated.
  • The work the Latin Patriarchate and the other Catholic institutions carry out in favour of the Christians in the Holy Land thanks to the Order's support can be summarised as follows:
    • The especially difficult times following the second Intifada, (which put a stop to work and economic activity in a very large part of the Holy Land), caused many Christians to lose their jobs and prompted the Latin Patriarchate, the Apostolic Nunciature and the other Catholic institutions to engage in the distribution of social and humanitarian aid in an operation to provide the families most in need with direct financial support. However, charity in the form of direct subsidies ( which some may view as "handouts" ) is not part of the Order's normal operating methods. Handouts humiliate the people obliged to accept them and have an adverse effect by encouraging the beneficiaries to live on charity.
    • The Order's policy has been, and still is, to help the Christians in the Holy Land achieve educational and professional standards that will enable them to play an active part in the society of their own country, at a level that will give them equality with people of other faiths.
    • In the latter half of the 20th century, middle-class Christian families leaving the Holy Land to seek a secure future abroad became a real exodus. Today, the number of Christians in different areas of the Holy Land varies from 2% to 4% of the local population and these are very largely craft workers, small tradesmen and those working in the tourist industry that has developed alongside pilgrimages. Such very small minorities can only survive if their skills are high enough to earn them the appreciation and esteem of the society in which they live; and this can only be achieved thanks to better standards of education and training.
    • Since the end of the 19th century, the Order has financed the construction of 40 patriarchal schools in Israel, Palestine and Jordan and it now has a commitment to fund their running costs. Today around 19,000 pupils and students attend these schools, from nursery classes through elementary, middle and upper school, as well as in a number of technical schools. On average, the student breakdown is 60% Christian (Catholics, Orthodox, etc.) and 40% Muslim.
    • The Order's involvement with education helps to deal with a very important problem in the region: how to get people of different races and religions used to living in peace and mutual respect. If these values are encouraged from an early age they may be implanted in children's minds, otherwise there is no hope of doing it at a later stage, for in adolescence young people are easy prey to extremist ideologies.
    • The running costs of the Patriarchate and its 68 parishes, the salaries of the 900 or so teachers and other staff in the educational establishments, the costs of the patriarchal seminary and the orphanages and clinics, as well as those of the Patriarchate's new enterprises and other ongoing projects (including the construction of housing for young Christian families) are enormous and rise continually, putting a heavy burden on our Order. Such costs can only be sustained thanks to the generosity of the active Members of the Order.

What it means to be a Member of the Order

  • Joining the Order means taking on a commitment for life. The commitment to be a Witness to the Faith, to lead an exemplary Christian life of continuing charity in support of the Christian communities in the Holy Land, to practise the true charitable commitment of a Christian.
  • The purpose of joining the Order is to serve the Catholic Church and to carry out acts of charity to make the operations to maintain the Christian presence in the Holy Land possible. The purpose of joining the Order is not to become a member of a prestigious organisation in order to boast of one's status or acquire personal benefits and advantages.


Treasury of Prayers

Devotional prayers compiled from approved sources

Click each prayer card to read:

Mary Queen of Palestine

Patroness of the Order

To you, Virgin Mother Mary, Queen of the Land of Christ we come to praise you, to thank you and entrust to you all your children, inhabitants and pilgrims of this Land.

Virgin, Daughter of Zion, teach us the love you have for everyone, without distinction. Show us your merciful heart, give us your clarity of vision. As in the days of Nazareth teach us to listen attentively to the voice of God and to his Word of life. Teach us fidelity in our daily work and silence capable of creating profound communion.

Like in Cana watch over families, so that there is no lack of joy and unity. As on the streets of Galilee and Judea, precede us on the path of discipleship in the footsteps of your beloved Son to the supreme offering at the foot of Calvary. As in the Upper Room, intercede with the gift of the Spirit that cries in us: “Abba”.

The One Father for Jews, Christians and Muslims, Help us all to walk on the paths of forgiveness and reconciliation so the walls that divide may fall. Mother of the Prince of Peace, also gift us the taste of Heaven that supports our hope, so that soon “justice and peace will kiss” this Holy Land and the entire earth.

Our Lady, Queen of Palestine, Pray for us and all the peoples of the Lands made sacred by your Son’s Life, Death, and Resurrection.


USCCB Pilgrimage of Peace Closing Prayer

Brought to us by Most Rev. Eusebius Beltran, KC*HS
Archbishop Emeritus, Oklahoma City
Lieutenancy Meeting, October 19, 2014

Lord, God of Peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms.  How Many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; How much blood has ben shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried . . . But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid!  Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace.  Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: Never again war!  Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, You created us and You call us to live as brothers and sisters.  Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister.

We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever.


Our Father

“Lord teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples He said to them, When you pray, say:”

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

Matt 6:9-13


Knights' and Dames' Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, for Your five wounds that we carry on our insignis we pray to You

Give us the strength to love all whom your Father has created and, more so, our enemies

Free our soul and heart from sin, from partiality, from egoism and from cowardice so that we can be worthy of Your sacrifice

Let Your Spirit fall upon us all, the Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre, so that it may render us as convinced and sincere ambassadors of peace and love among our brothers and sisters and, especially, among all those who think they do not believe in You

Give us Faith to face all the problems of everyday life and to deserve, one day, to approach, humbly but without fear, Your presence



(Ordinary Time at 6am, Noon and 6pm)

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit

Hail Mary...

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word

Hail Mary...

V. And the Word was made flesh:
R. And dwelt among us

Hail Mary...

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God:
R. that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.


Nicene Creed

I  BELIEVE in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

{bow or kneel}

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man

{resume standing}

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.



Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.


Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale, of tears.

Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus;

O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ



My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant

From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name

He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty

He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever

Luke 1:46-55



Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end


Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Benignity, Goodness, Longanimity, Mildness, Faith, Modesty, Continence, Chasitity