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          Lieutenancy of Australia - Victoria


Date June 2016


Lieutenancy of Australia - Victoria




My brothers, you are called, as you know, to liberty; but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence. Serve one another, rather, in works of love, since the whole of the law is summarised in a single command: love your neighbour as yourself. (Galatians 5:13-14)


Vale Richard Stone OAM KHS KSG

Members of the Order are deeply saddened at the passing of our brother Knight, Richard Stone, on 22 April 2016. Invested on 9 October 2005, Richard was an active member of our Lieutenancy and contributed widely to Church and public life.

Ecclesiastic Knights Brendan Hayes and Simon Grainger concelebrated at Richard's Requiem with 17 knights, dames and spouses in attendance. At the conclusion, robed members of the Order processed ahead of the priests and formed a guard of honour at the door.

Our prayers are with Veronica, Hartley and Charlton.

 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land May 2016

Pilgrims outside the Holy Sepulchre

"Ancient and Living Stones"

Our pilgrim party of 19, under the spiritual direction of Ecclesiastical Master of Ceremonies Bishop Peter Elliott, assisted by Father Arnold Heredia, visited the lands where Our Lord Jesus was born, lived, taught and died. We visited and prayed at the Holy sites and met with Christians who, under major duress, are maintaining the Christian presence.



The highlight, amongst many, would have to have been Mass in the Crucifixion Chapel of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, celebrated on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. In that Holy Place the words of the Responsorial Psalm were particularly poignant: "God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord", followed by the Alleluia Verse: "Go and teach all nations, says the Lord; I am with you always, until the end of the world".

Receiving pilgrim's shell from the Latin Patriarch,
His Beatitude Fouad Twal.

Members of the Order making their first pilgrimage, together with three prospective Dames in the party, received their Pilgrim’s Shells during a meeting with the Latin Patriarch, His Beatitude Fouad Twal.

During a short welcoming address Patriarch Twal thanked members for the work of the Order and stressed the importance of pilgrimages; local Christians, he stressed, gained strength from the witness of pilgrims. His Beatitude then went on to encourage us to recruit new members to the Order who were “young and courageous”. Without
sustained help the Christian presence will further
decline as families emigrate, forced through lack of opportunities for work and constraints on their ability to conduct businesses.

The pilgrimage started in Tiberius with visits around Galilee to many sites recorded in the Gospels. After a sail on the Sea of Galilee (on a beautiful still morning) a stop was made at Caesarea Philippi, the place of Jesus revelation to the disciples that he was indeed the Messiah. Wedding vows were renewed in Cana; the journey was made to Mount Tabor, site of the Transfiguration of Jesus; Masses were held in the gardens of the Primacy of St Peter and the Mount of Beatitudes, and in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth; visits were made to the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, and to Capernaum and the Synagogue where Jesus taught.

The journey to Jerusalem was along the coastal road with a visit the crusader Citadel of Acre (Akko) and the Church of St John. A stop was made at the UNESCO listed and beautiful Baha’I Shrine and Gardens, and Mass was held in the Stella Maris Church perched on the western edge of Mount Carmel (the Monastery being the headquarters of the Carmelite friars and nuns).

Lieutenant Will Kininmonthpresents Habib Karam
of Nazareth with the Melbourne Cup’ and a
Catenian tie

The time in Jerusalem included Masses in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, in the Co-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarch, and in the Garden of Gethsemane. The latter followed a walk from Mount of the Ascension to the Church of All Nations. The pilgrims followed the Via Dolorosa (“Way of Grief”) and prayed the Stations of the Cross. Visits included to the Wailing (Western) Wall, the Jewish Library
with Chagall’s windows of the 12 tribes, the Museum of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Church of St Anne and the Pool of Bethesda, the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion, and the Cenacle.

The pilgrims then relocated to Bethlehem as the base for visits to Holy sites in Judea. Sunday Mass was with the community in Jericho in their small Parish Church of the Good Shepherd; the community was welcoming, the Mass was prayerful, and the singing was magnificent. On following days Masses were held in the Church of the Visitation at Ein Karem and in St Jerome’s Chapel of the Nativity Church. Visits were made to the Jordan River to renew Baptismal Promises, to the Grotto of the Birth of Jesus in the Church of the Nativity, and on the Dead Sea where most availed themselves of the opportunity for a

On several occasions the pilgrims were able to meet with local Christians – the ‘living stones’. At Nazareth Habib Karam, a member of the Parish Council and President of the recently established Nazareth Circle of the Catenian Association, spoke with pilgrims after Mass in the Basilica. There is an established relationship between the Parish of Nazareth, Israel and the Parish of Nazareth, Melbourne. Lieutenant Will Kininmonth (Past President of Victoria Area), on behalf of the City of Melbourne Circle of the Catenian Association, presented Habib with a pewter goblet (inscribed as the ‘Melbourne Cup’ - for use by visitors to their meetings) and a Victorian Area Catenian tie.

In Jerusalem the pilgrims visited the Ecco Homo Convent for lunch and met with the Sisters.

Knight Frank Peck with the Sister Ebtisan and Amal Faraj of the Franciscan Sisters’ School and (below) a wall plaque
recognising the contributions of the Catenian Association of Victoria in the refurbishment of the School

Bishop Peter Elliott presents a book on Corpus Christi Seminary to Brother Peter Bray, the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University

At Jericho, following Sunday Mass so unfortunately there were no students present, we met Sister Ebtisan (Principal) and Amal Faraj (Deputy Principal) of the Franciscan Sisters’ School and were given a tour. Over recent years some Victoria Area members of the Catenian Association and their friends have raised more than $50,000 to provide scholarships and facilities for the school. Knight Frank Peck, a Board member of the project, presented a boomerang made from Australian wood to commemorate our visit.

The pilgrims toured Bethlehem University and had lunch with staff and students. The university, run by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, serves Palestinians of all Faiths and has a majority of women students. Four of the student ambassadors spoke about the difficulties associated with attending the university, including travel restrictions that made it necessary to find accommodation in Bethlehem rather than live at home in nearby villages. Despite the difficulties the students were proud of their university and the opportunities it offered. The Vice Chancellor, Brother Peter Bray, spoke of the history of the university and the courses offered. Bishop Peter Elliott made a presentation to Brother Peter of a book about Corpus Christi Seminary, Melbourne. After lunch, prepared and served by the students, there was a visit to the Chapel and a meeting with ‘Brother Joe’ (Joseph Lowenstein) who first came to Bethlehem in 1975, two years after the university was opened. Brother Joe led the university for many years, and recently celebrated his 90th


On the final morning the pilgrims met with elderly ladies at the St Martha’s Day Care Centre. The ladies, mostly widows, are collected four days a week and brought to the centre for company, activities and a midday meal. Many spoke English and were able to tell of their lives in Palestine. A highlight was a traditional dance where visitors were enticed to join in!

For the pilgrims the visit to the Holy Land was memorable on a number of levels. Individually we had our Faith strengthened through the opportunity to experience and pray in the places where Our Lord lived, taught, was crucified and rose from the dead. No matter how many books one reads or videos one sees it is not the same as being there. As Knights and Dames we got to see and meet Christians who are struggling to maintain the Christian presence. These Christians are restricted in their ability to travel, work and do business and this flows on to their ability to meet the medical and educational needs of their children. In all the institutions visited, whether the university, the school or day care centre, it was obvious that generous donations from abroad make an enormous difference.

At all levels, from the Latin Patriarch down, the pilgrims were greeted and welcomed. Our visit was witness to the Christians of the Holy land that others cared for the people’s plight. The last word of our wonderful guide, Rami, as we were bidding farewell was “Please, pray for us”.


On Sunday 29 May, 14 members of the Order joined with Ecclesiastical Knight Father David Cartwright to celebrated the patronal feast of Corpus Christi with staff and seminarians of the College.

Following 3:00pm Mass, visiting priests, Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre, Knights of the Southern Cross, religious and the laity joined the seminary community on the 45-minute procession through Carlton. Various hymns
were sung and prayers recited, as the procession moved from Sacred Heart Church onto Rathdowne, Grattan and Lygon Streets, before returning to the seminary church for Benediction.

The procession is a most effective public witness to Jesus Christ. It was the first time that Knights and Dames had attended in robes. The welcome by the seminarians points to future regular participation by members of the Order.


Meeting of Regional Lieutenants: Saturday 18 June 2016, Sydney

Annual Dinner: Monday 18 July 2016 with guest speaker Simon Costa – see separate Notice

Mass and Rosary: Monday 1 August 2016. 6:00pm Our Lady of Lourdes, Armadale


Will Kininmonth

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine