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

Serving the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Land

The Knights of Mount St. Sepulchre was founded in 1916 – 100 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 19, 2016 – Please pray for the soul of Paul Emile Fecteau, father of Knight Claude G. Fecteau, who passed away peacefully the morning of Feb 19 in the presence of his family.
  • Nicholas Losekamp newly knightedJanuary 17, 2016 – Congratulations to Nicholas Losekamp, the newest memebr of the as a member of the Knights of Mount Saint Sepulchre. He was knighted by Fr. Larry Dunham, OFM, during a special ceremony at the 10am Mass. Welcome brother Nick!
  • November 25, 2015 – The knighting ceremony for Nicholas Losekamp will take place January 17, 2016, at the 10am Mass. All are invited to join usin celebrating this special occaision.
  • November 8, 2015 – At their meeting on this date members decided to accept as a new member novice Nicholas Losekamp. Congratulations to Nicholas. While the date of his knighting has not yet been determined, it will likely be in January or early February of 2016.
  • October 18, 2015Elections – Congratulations to our new officers: Claude G. Fecteau (Grand Knight), Warren Davis (Deputy Grand Knight), Larry Bleau (Secretary and Treasurer), Louis Goliwas (Novice Master), and Harden Hill (Warden).
  • Br. Roger Petras deceasedOctober 6, 2015Friar Roger Petras, OFM, passed away. His funeral was held on Friday, Oct 16, at 10am at the Monastery, with viewings at 9am that day as well as 4pm-6pm on Oct 15.
  • September 18, 2015Raffle ticket winners – Congratulations to Brigitte of Hyattsville; Harden of Washington, DC; and Emy of Silver Spring. Thank you one and all for your support!
  • 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.
For more news items, see our news archives.

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