Latin Patriarchate attending investitures in France and in Germany
ORDER OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER – The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, represented by Mgr William Shomali, travelled to Europe last September and October to attend investitures of 71 new Knights and Dames, in France and then in Germany. Moving ceremonies of an Order distinguished for spiritual and material support it provides to institutions and Christians of the Holy Land.
36 new members of the Lieutenancy of Germany
New Knights and Dames joined the already substantial group of 1500 German Knights and 2800 friends of the Holy Land from Lieutenancies spread all over the world.
The Lieutenancy of Germany has always shown proof of tremendous, of a devoted organization, proving its proximity to the Holy Land
H.E. Dr Heinrich Dickmann, Lieutenant of Germany, comes very often to follow up the situation from close as well as Latin Patriarchate run projects. This year, Knights and Dames, came in large number on 24 and 25 October 2014, to the side of Dr Dickmann for the latest investitures in his presence. As a matter of fact, next year, ending years of good and faithful services, Dr Dickmann will pass his duties on to Dr. Detlef Brümmer.
36 new members were invested by Cardinal Marx Reinhard, Archbishop of Munich and by Mgr Robert Zollitsch, Bishop of Freiburg in Germany, where took place the investitures.
The investiture ceremony was followed by a dinner, during which Dr Dickmann made an eloquent and touching speech before the whole assembly, which did not fail to stand up as a sign of gratitude. It goes without saying that Dickmann is a high-valued personality within the ranks of the German Lieutenancy and of the Order in General, namely for his straightforwardness and his open heartedness, but more so for his closeness to the Holy Land.
Were also present during those great moments, Member of the Grand Magisterium Tom McKiernan as well as delegations from Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and USA. Mgr Shomali, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, represented the Holy Land.
Next May His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal will travel to Berlin for the forthcoming investitures.
35 new Knights and Dames for France
Between 5 and 7 September 2014, the French Lieutenancy welcomed 35 new members in presence of the Grand Master of the Order, H.Em. Cardinal Edwin
O’Brien; the Governor General H.E. Count Augustino Borromeo;, of the General Accessor Mgr Antonio Franco, and Mgr Shomali, guest of honour of the Holy Land.
The investiture took place along two sessions: In the evening of 5 September, vigil at St Denis led to an adoration evening to pray for the 36 new members of the Order. This initiative evokes the dubbing of Knights who, across the Middle Ages, were supposed to spend a whole prayerful night before the ceremony of next day. During the vigil the candidates, who prepare ready actively since a year, make a vow of fidelity to Christ and to Church and commit themselves to lead a life according to moral and religious principles and to provide support to the needs and initiatives of the Order. Fulfilling Pope Pius IX wish the purpose is to support the activities and the institutions – cultural, charitable, social – of the Catholic Church of the Holy Land. After the investiture, Knights and Dames undertake to make at least a one-lifetime pilgrimage to the Holy Land, during which they receive the pilgrim’s shell to seal their commitment.
Investitures were held on the following day 6 September at the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Evry, in presence of Mgr Dubost, local Bishop. A dinner followed later in the day in Paris, during which the Lieutenant of France Pierre Murret-Labarthe underscored in his speech the close ties of the French Lieutenancy with the Holy Land. A very active Lieutenancy distinguished for its great generosity, its presence and its regular pilgrimages to the Holy Land. And when he is not in Jerusalem, Pierre Murret-Labarthe does not fail to call regularly to take knowledge of the latest news relating to the country and to the Patriarchate.