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

  • Jerry Phillips deceasedAugust 29Knight Gerard Phillips, known to his friends as Jerry, passed away; see his bio. He was knighted on May 9, 2010. His funeral will be 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 and think in new ways. We will miss him greatly.
  • Fr. Stephen deceasedAugust 6Fr. 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 – Knights assisted the friars in celebrating Holy Week services, the most dramatic of which was the Burial of Christ ceremony.Cecilia Shellman deceased
  • March 20Cecilia 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 28Martha 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.
  • December 22, 2013 – 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, 2013– 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 18, 2013Raffle 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.

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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