“You are to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
~ Acts 1.8

The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem – Eastern Lieutenancy is an association of Roman Catholic Christian faithful entrusted with an important mission from the Holy Father – to serve as witnesses to the Christian faith and supporters and protectors of the Church and the living Christian communities in the Holy Land.

The Order’s mandate originates from the time of the crusader knights who were responsible for protecting the Christian pilgrims traveling to the sacred sites. Today the Order’s members continue to aid the Church in the Holy Land and to strengthen the practice of Christian life amongst its members.


Thank you for your interest in proposing a candidate(s) for membership in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Please find the following in this PDF:

  • Instructions for Proposing Candidates
  • Application for Membership form
  • Activities Sample
  • Cost to Candidate
  • Sponsor Endorsement form

As a sponsor, your endorsement is a testament to the worthiness of the candidates you are proposing and that they satisfy the requisites for admission to the Order.

Candidates who are interested in becoming members of the Order will need to complete and sign the Application for Membership Form.  As their sponsor, you will be responsible for reviewing and signing the Application, completing the Sponsor Endorsement* form and ensuring that all of the required documents are sent to us.  The Application for Membership, copies of all Sacramental Certificates and Sponsor Endorsement must be submitted together by you only to our office and no one else.  If the application is accepted by the Lieutenancy, you are expected to become a mentor to your candidate throughout the formation and Investiture process.

The Grand Magisterium required all paperwork to be received in Rome several months before the investiture date in order for them to have enogh time to thoroughly review the information before giving the final approval for your candidate’s nomination. All paperwork first has to be considered and approved by the Lieutenancy’s Nomination Committee, Lieutenancy Council, Lieutenant and Grand Prior.  Therefore, the enclosed forms and supporting documents must be completed and returned no later than March 31st 2017Applications received after this date will be considered applications for the 2018 Investiture Weekend. Married candidates must each fill out his or her own application.

We appreciate your proposing new members and look forward to receiving the completed forms and supporting documents.

*If you are a pastor or Ordinary of a Diocese, please note you will need to fill in all forms as required as well as providing a pastor/Bishop letter.


Grand Magisterium – Vatican

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

The Holy See

Custodia Terrae Sanctae

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