knighting of Harden Hill - Feb 23, 2014
knighting of Harden Hill - Feb 23, 2014
group photo after knighting of Harden Hill
group photo after knighting of Harden Hill

Serving the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Land

The Knights of Mount St. Sepulchre was founded in 1916 – 99 years ago! – by Rev. Godfrey Schilling, O.F.M., to assist the multitude of pilgrims who visit the shrines at the Memorial Church of Mt. St. Sepulchre.

We continue that tradition to this day, assisting those who wish to visit replicas of the places of our Lord's life. Each year knights explain the shrines to thousands of visitors and volunteer thousands of man-hours.

You could be part of our tradition of service; learn how to join and read about our activities.

Read more about us in a story in the Monastery's fall 2011 newsletter that features the Knights.

Welcome, worthy Knight!

We are rightly proud of our newest knight, R. D. Carter, Jr., who was knighted on January 29 at the 10:00am Mass; see photo at top right.

Praise the Lord!

The Knights are proud sponsors of the Praise program, which provides choral music the second Sunday of each month at the 10:00am Mass.

Recent News

  • August 1, 2015 – We will be holding our next Annual Raffle Ticket Fundraiser on Friday, Sep 18, the date of the next Pasta Dinner hosted by the Monastery. A book of six tickets costs $5, and three drawings for cash prizes will be held during the dinner. You need not be present to win. Contact us to buy tickets, which we will also sell at the door. You can also donate online and we'll mail you the tickets.
  • May 10, 2015Mabel J. Hairston, grandmother of knight Harden Hill, passed away after an extended illness. A memorial service will be held for her on May 22.
  • April 3, 2015 – Knights assisted the friars in celebrating Holy Week services, the most dramatic of which was the Burial of Christ ceremony.
  • Bethlehem shrineManger at BethlehemLarry and Harden at entrance to Bethlehem shrine
    December 25, 2014 – Knights assisted at each of the Vigil Masses on Christmas Eve, including the Midnight Mass, The latter included a procession after Mass to lay a statue of the baby Jesus in the copy of the Bethlehem shrine, shown at right. Knights also assisted at Mass on Christmas Day.
  • Christmas luncheon 2014Christmas luncheon 2014
    Christmas luncheon 2014Christmas luncheon 2014
    Christmas luncheon 2014Christmas luncheon 2014
    December 6, 2014 – Our Chaplain, Fr. Ed Flanagan, O.F.M., and the Monastery's Guardian, Fr. Larry Dunham, O.F.M., celebrated a Memorial Mass at which we remembered our deceased knights. Please keep them in your prayers. We then enjoyed each others' company at our annual luncheon; pictures at right.
  • November 10, 2014 – This year's Bethlehem Christmas Gift Program collection was an even greater success than in past years. Knights collected $1066 in donations, a record! This program purchases toys from local merchants in Bethlehem and gives them to the more than 900 children in the schools run by the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land. Thank you to all who supported this worthy effort!
  • October 13, 2014Elections – Congratulations to our new officers: Claude G. Fecteau (Grand Knight), Warren Davis (Deputy Grand Knight), Larry Bleau (Secretary and Treasurer), and Louis Goliwas (Novice Master and Warden).
  • September 19, 2014Raffle ticket winners – Congratulations to Marty of Ellicott City, Carol of Hyattsville, and Kiva of Clarksburg, who were winners of our raffle ticket fundraiser. Thanks to all who participated to help the knights.
  • Jerry Phillips deceasedAugust 29, 2014Knight Gerard Phillips, known to his friends as Jerry, passed away; see his bio; also see obituary in the Post. He was knighted on May 9, 2010. His funeral was held at the Franciscan Monastery on Saturday, September 6, at 11:00am. Jerry was an energetic force in the knights and in the Monastery's activities; he constantly motivated us to improve, think in new ways, and communicate more effectively with visitors. We will miss him greatly.
  • Fr. Stephen deceasedAugust 6, 2014Fr. Stephen Sabbagh, OFM, passed away. The viewing was on Friday, August 8, and the funeral was on Saturday, August 9. Fr. Stephen was a longtime friend of the knights; we will miss him greatly.
  • April 19, 2014 – Knights assisted the friars in celebrating Holy Week services, the most dramatic of which was the Burial of Christ ceremony.Cecilia Shellman deceased
  • March 20, 2014Cecilia Shellman, widow of deceased knight Charlie Shellman, passed from this life to join her husband in the presence of Our Heavenly Father (see obituary).
  • February 28, 2014Martha Gallogly, widow of deceased knight Jack Gallogly, went to her heavenly reward (see obituary). Please keep Martha and her family in your prayers.
  • February 23, 2014 – Congratulations to Harden Hill, our newest Knight! Harden was knighted by Fr. Larry Dunham, OFM, the Monastery's Guardian, at a special ceremony held during the 10:00am Mass.

For more news items, see our news archives.

Contact us by email for more information, or call us at 202-526-6800 x443 on Sundays.

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