Who are members of the Order?

Joining the Order means making a life time commitment to witness to the faith, practice Christian life, and carry forward charitable works for the moral and material support of the Christian communities of the Holy Land, always acting with that discretion which distinguishes Christian charitable efforts.

The purpose of joining the Order is to serve the Catholic Church and promote initiatives to preserve the Christian presence in the Holy Land in a dynamic of dialogue and peace with followers of other religious traditions. The purpose of joining the Order is not to become a member of a prestigious organization in order to boast of one’s status or acquire personal benefits and advantages.

Usually, though not always, a candidate is presented by an existing Member of the Order. The Delegate and Section President with jurisdiction over the area in question will assess the candidate at an initial interview. If his/her attributes are generally considered to meet requirements the candidate can begin a period of formation of no less than 12 months. If the candidate completes this period successfully, he/she may apply for admission to the Order through the local Lieutenancy.

Ranks in the Order of the Holy Sepulchre


Ranks of Dames (post nominal title)

  • Dame (DHS)

  • Dame Commander (DCHS)

  • Dame Commander with Star (DC*HS)

  • Dame Grand Cross (DGCHS)

Ranks of Knights (post nominal title)

  • Knight (KHS)

  • Knight Commander (KCHS)

  • Knight Commander with Star (KC*HS)

  • Knight Grand Cross (KGCHS)

Knights and Dames of the Collar

The Collar is conferred on the most eminent persons, ecclesiastic or lay, in the most exceptional of cases.

To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest among us.
— Pope Francis