On Sunday, September 21, one of our members, John Quastler, was inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. The ceremony took place in the cathedral of St. Cecelia in the Archdiocese of Omaha. John was knighted by Archbishop Elden Curtiss who acted on behalf of Archbishop Joseph Naumann, the newly appointed Grand Prior of the Northern Lieutenancy of the United States of America. In attendance from eight states were six-hundred and ten additional knights and ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem including eighteen archbishops, bishops, abbots and over 70 priests, sisters and brothers. Knights in attendance, among others from Kansas City, were The Most Reverend Robert W. Finn, KC*HS, Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, The Most Rev. Raymond J. Boland, KC*HS, Rev. Monsignor Robert S. Gregory, KCHS, Rector of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Rev. Father, Richard D. Rocha, KHS, Master of Ceremonies of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph who was also invested into the order Sunday.
Membership in the Order is the highest Papal honor which can be conferred on clergy and laity alike. Congratulations to Sir John Quastler, KHS! It is a great honor for our small parish to now have three members of this most prestigious canonical Papal Order.
This article submitted by Joe Farris
For more information about the Equestrian Order of the Knights of The Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, please refer to the Holy See website – Roman Curia section and Institutions connected to the Holy See.http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connected/oessh/en/cenni_storici_en.html