A Knight in the Holy Land!06.13.18
Father David Sunberg had the privilege of accompanying the seminarians to the Holy Land in early June. Each year the seminary sends those who have completed pastoral internship to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage to visit the sites of Jesus’ ministry: the areas of His birth, life, death and resurrection.
Fr. Sunberg is also a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. The origins of the Oder date back to the First Crusade in 1100. The purpose of the Order is to support the Catholic faith and the Catholic faithful whose ancestors have been in the Holy Land since the day St. Peter preached on Pentecost Sunday. Through their prayers, works of charity and financial gifts the Knights and Dames help support schools, hospitals, the seminary and the shrines in the Holy Land.
Each member of the Order is encouraged to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Fr. Sunberg used this opportunity to pay his respects to the Latin Patriarchate. He and the seminarians were received by the Most Reverend Giacinto-Boules Marcuzzo, the Auxiliary of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and Palestine. Fr. Sunberg received the Pilgrim Shell for making this trip to the Holy Land.
Fr. Sunberg said, “It was a great honor to spend time in the Holy Land and receive the Pilgrim Shell. I appreciate the devotion and pastoral care the Patriarchate provides for the Christians who remain there and face struggles in that region of the world.” He goes on to say, “The work of Knights and Dames of the Order is clearly seen and it is a great testimony for the solidarity we share as Catholics.”
Photo Credit: Manuel Lazaro, Diocese of Tulsa, II Theology.