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Knights and Dames to hold investiture in Norwich

The English Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem will be celebrating a Vigil Service and an Investiture Mass at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich in mid-June when both Bishop Peter Collins and Bishop Philip Moger will be promoted.

The Vigil Service is on Friday June 16 at 7pm and the Investiture Mass on Saturday June 17 at 9.30am. This is a special honour for St John’s as the Service/Mass are usually held at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark – the Priory Church.

The principal celebrant will be Archbishop John Wilson KC*HS.

Bishop Peter Collins and Bishop Philip Moger will be receiving promotions from Knight Commander (KCHS) to Knight Commander with Star (KC*HS).

Weekend organiser, Sally Pearson DC*HS, said: “The Vigil Service and Investiture Mass is open for anyone to attend. The need for solidarity with the ‘living stones’ who maintain the Catholic faith in the Holy Land is stronger than ever, so it is an opportunity for people to express their support. We are delighted that senior members of the international governing body of the Order are travelling to be with us.”

Daniel Justin KHS, Director of Music, Diocese of East Anglia, will be conducting the music at the Vigil Service and Investiture Mass.

On Sunday June 18, the Order will be at the National Catholic Shrine in Walsingham for the 12 noon Mass, procession into the village and Benediction in the Abbey grounds at 4pm.

The Order of the Holy Sepulchre was established under the protection of the Holy See as a body in support of the Church across the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The English Lieutenancy is part of a world-wide organisation of 30,000 knights and dames, priests and bishops. It operates a registered charity.

There are eight sections in England and Wales and the Diocese of East Anglia is within the Eastern Section. The Eastern Section President is John Prestage KC*HS who can be contacted by email:  

To find out more about the work of the Order please visit

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Pictured above is the Mass of Investiture of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem In St George Cathedral, Southwark in November 2022. Picture by Mazur/CBCEW.