Lady Candace Lucore Nesbit of Cheshire and Knight Commander Father Jeffrey V. Romans, members of the Equestian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, met with Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, on Oct. 2 in Jerusalem. They were with a group of pilgrims from St. Bridget of Sweden Parish in Cheshire, where Father Romans is pastor.
Archbishop Pizzaballa presented the two with the Pilgrim Shell, the most significant decoration of the Equestian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
The Pilgrim Shell may be awarded by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem to any knight or lady of the order who is in good standing, makes a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and prays at the Holy Sepulchre of our Risen Lord. Father Romans celebrated morning Mass for the pilgrims at the tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Archbishop Pizzaballa talked to the group about Christianity in the Holy Land and his concerns about the preservation of the holy sites.
The Pilgrim Shell decoration consists of a scallop shell, the ancient badge of a pilgrim, in oxidized silver, in the center of which is placed the cross of the order in red fired enamel bordered with gold.