In addition to making hotel reservations, you must register for the EOHSJ events and dinners.
Registration can be done by downloading the Registration Form and mailing it to the Lieutenancy office, or by using the online Member page registration option
To receive a Pilgrim Shell, the most treasured decoration of the Order, please submit a letter to the Lieutenant with the following information:
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. Thomas R. Standish, KGCHS
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Southwestern USA Lieutenancy
2001 Kirby Drive, Suite 902
Houston, Texas 77019
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
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!
Please click on the document below to select the deceased member for whom you wish to offer prayers. Print the sheets, fill them out and mail them to our office at:
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
2001 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77019
You may include your stipends check with your names or click on the link below to pay using a credit card from the Member page
Our thanks to Sir Steve and Lady Linda Pinion, Sir Michael and Lady Regina Lodes and Msgr Gregory Gier and the photographer Cathy Nelson
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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. 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. 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.