Three from Denver Archdiocese made Knights of the Holy Sepulcher
On Sept. 23 three members of the Archdiocese of Denver were honored with the ecclesiastical knighthood of the Equestrian Order (Knights) of the Holy Sepulcher during the solemn investiture Mass in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.
Grand Prior Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., and Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, grand master of the order, officiated together with Bishop John Gaydos of Jefferson City, Mo.; Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. of Springfield, Mo.; and from Denver, Archbishop Samuel Aquila and Bishop James Conley. They were joined by numerous clergy.
The investiture took place at Our Lady of the Lake Parish. More than 600 other knights and ladies of the order from a seven-state region attended the annual meeting and investiture weekend. The newly invested members from the Denver Archdiocese are: Sir James O’Brien, Lady Susan O’Brien and Sir Greg Schin of St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial, and Sir Jon Elliott and Lady Cathy Elliott of Our Lady of Loreto Parish.
The order is a chivalric organization dedicated to promoting and defending Christianity in the Holy Land, supporting the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and responding to the needs of Catholics in the region. Its origins date back to the First Crusade, when its leader, Godfrey de Bouillon, liberated Jerusalem.