On Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, members gathered for Mass at Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Halifax, NS to celebrate the Installation of Archbishop Brian Dunn, KGOHS. Archbishop Anthony Mancini, KGOHS, presided over the liturgy to install Archbishop Dunn, in accordance with the Decree from our Grand Master, Fernando Cardinal Filoni which had been prepared and dated May 2020.
In his homily, Archbishop Dunn reminded the members of their commitment to the mission of the Order. We must be constant in our practice of Christian life and we must be generous to our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land with our prayers and support, especially in this time of the pandemic when so many of them are without employment and struggle to meet daily needs. We asked for the Intercession of Mary, Our Lady of Palestine, to inspire and guide us to be instruments of justice and peace, pardon and reconciliation.
The weekend of October 2 / 3, we will have our Investiture and AGM. At this time Archbishop Dunn will be installed as the Prior for our Lieutenancy as Archbishop Mancini is retiring later in the fall. This is also the 10th Anniversary of our Lieutenancy so we have lots to celebrate. Events will be taking place in Halifax with liturgical celebrations at Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica. If any of you are willing to be part of a committee to plan events for this weekend, please email or phone me. Mark your calendars and plan to come and celebrate.
Unfortunately the October 25 pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes and Barcelona lead by Father Paul Morris, KCHS has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The June Pilgrimage to Lourdes for all members of the Order has also been cancelled. The last time all of the membership was invited to gather, 3400 members of the Order assembled in Rome. This was in September 2013 and it was a deeply moving experience to pray and journey with so many members of the Order.
The pandemic is an evolving situation and conditions could change anytime. I will send more details on the pilgrimages as they come to me.