In an effort to stay connected with each other, Vice – Governor, H E Tom Pogge, KGCHS invites all members from the Lieutenancies of North America to join monthly Livestream Webinars. The next is on Saturday, January 16th at 12:00 AST. The Canada Atlantic Lieutenancy will be acting as host for this webinar with an overview of this Lieutenancy by H E Trudy Comeau, DC*HS and prayers led by Fr Paul Morris, KCHS. The Governor General, H E Leonardo Visconti di Modrone will speak about the works of the Order and Dame Cynthia Monahan, DGCHS, of the Holy Land Commission will provide an update of the Order’s projects in the Holy Land. Please join for this event which is expected to be about 45 minutes. Go to the North America website to join: www.eohsjnorthamerica.org
February Webinar: Cardinal Filoni will present a Lenten Reflection.
March Webinar: His Beatitude, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch, will provide an Easter Reflection.
You are invited to join in to Fr Paul Morris’ Gospel Reflections on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00. For the past few months, Fr Paul Morris, KCHS has been hosting a Wednesday evening Bible study where he explores the upcoming Sunday Gospel on the Zoom platform. Often there have been between 30 and 40 participating and there is room for all of you. If interested send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be included in Fr. Paul’s Wednesday evening Bible study. You will receive the Zoom instructions and the link. They begin at 7 pm (try to join 5 minutes before that as they do start on time). The session is for one hour including some time for breakout rooms for small group discussion.
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.