At a special Mass Thursday evening celebrated at Visitation Church followed by a splendid dinner at the Carriage Club, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem honored our four metro area bishops: Most Reverend Robert W. Finn, Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Most Reverend Raymond J. Boland and Most Reverend James P. Keleher along with Abbot Gregory J. Polan, OSB of Conception Abbey. The purpose of the event was to recognize our Bishops and Abbot for their service to the Equestrian Order and also to especially honor Archbishop Naumann who recently was named Grand Prior of the Northern Lieutenacy of the Order.
Approximately 120 Knights and Ladies attended the Mass and banquet at which numerous awards and certificates were distributed for special service to the Order and to the Order's apostolate of support for the Catholic Church in the Holy Land.(The photo above shows Area Councillors Sir Jack and Lady Kitchin, Archbishop Naumann, Bishop Finn and Archbishop Keleher.)
The photo below shows Old St. Patrick Oratory member Robin Quastler and Lady Lisa and Sir Rob Spaedy as they paused for the camera. The Spaedys, who were recently invested in the Order, are members of the St. Philllipine Duchesne Latin Mass Community at Blessed Sacrament Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Also a special guest of the Order seated at our table was Monsignor Bradley Offutt, Chancellor of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.