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 – 98 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

  • February 28Martha Gallogly, widow of knight Jack Gallogly, went to her heavenly reward (see obituary). Please keep Martha and her family in your prayers.
  • February 23 – 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.
  • December 22 – This year's Bethlehem Gift Program collection was a great success again this year. 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. Knights collected $740 in donations from the public and added to this $200 of its own funds. Thank you to all who supported this worthy effort!
  • Fr. Ed, our new chaplainDecember 7 – Our new Chaplain, Fr. Ed Flanagan, O.F.M. (picture at right), celebrated a Memorial Mass at which we remembered our deceased knights. Please keep them in your prayers. The Monatery's new Guardian, Fr. Larry Dunham, O.F.M., also celebrated the Mass with us.
  • October 18Raffle ticket winners – Congratulations to Sonia, Ken, and Wayne, who were winners of our raffle ticket fundraiser. Thanks to all who participated to help the knights.
  • July 14Raffle ticket fundraiser – KMSS will operate its annual fundraiser, selling raffle tickets to the public. Tickets can be purchased from any knight; the cost is $1 per ticket or $5 for a book of 6. First prize will be $100, second prize $50, and third prize $25. The drawing will be held at the pasta dinner on Friday, October 18. Contact us to support our work at the Monastery and we'll mail you the tickets.
  • Mike Stewart being knightedMarch 29Good Friday service – Knights assisted at the solemn Burial of Christ ceremony on Good Friday. Several other volunteers took part this year; we thank them for their help..
  • February 10, 2013Michael Stewart was knighted (shown at far right) and joined our ranks as a brother knight and servant of the Lord and of the Monastery.Alex Sisson
  • December 31Knight Alex Sisson passed away on December 30, 2012; his funeral was on January 4. Alex was knighted in 2003 by Fr. Kevin Treston, OFM. Alex was elected Deputy Grand Knight (Oct 2004-2005), Warden (Oct 2005), and Treasurer (Oct 2006). Friends describe his major qualities as generousnous, genuineness, and grace. Alex passed after a long fight with cancer. We all miss you, Alex.
  • December 24, 25 – Knights assisted at the celebration of the Vigil and Midnight Christmas Masses.

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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