by Maureen Vincent
The Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in England and Wales have on his retirement this month lost their honourable secretary, Stanislaus Seuffert, QC Mr , Seuffert was one of the 17 Knights who were invested when Cardinal Griffin inaugurated the English and Welsh lieutenancy in December 1954.
Mr Seuffert, who has held the office of secretary since. February 1966, was invested with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre last week by the Grand Prior for the lieutenancy of England and Wales, Archbishop Cowderoy of Southwark. The Grand Cross has only been awarded four times in this country.
The Knights are a world-wide organisation with lieutenancies in most European countries, North and South America, Canada and other countries. There are 182 Knights in this country, and 17 Dames.
The Order of the Holy Sepulchre is primarily a religious order. Knights and Dames wear cloaks emblazoned' with red "gallow" crosses on ceremonial occasions in diocesan churches when their bishops so wish, "not in vainglory, but with humility in 'honour and in remembrance' of the guard formerly mounted around the Sepulchre of our Lord," as one historian of the Order has written.
Members of the Order are expected to help support the holy places in the Holy Land by financial contributions. They also pay for the education of priests in the Holy Land. Invitations to join the Order are made on the basis of distinguished service to the Church in some capacity.
Among new Knights invested last week were Fr Peter John Blake, SJ, OBE; Mr Jack Alexander Browning, an architect and designer of several churches; Colonel James G. Bryson, OBE, District Registrar of the Liverpool High Court and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the County of Merseyside; Don Victor de Baux y Fernandes, heraldic adviser to Christies, the auctioneers; Dr Charles A. Pike, anaesthetist; Sir Geoffrey Hulton, KSG; Mr Gerard P. Jordan, MBE, an executive of the Catholic Youth Service Council; Mr Anthony Kinch, a barrister at present with the EEC; Mr Joseph P. Murphy, organising officer for the Civil -Service Council for further education and Provincial Grand Knight of the KSC; Mr David Nugent, company director and farmer; and Mr John O'Connell, building and civil engineering contractor.
Four new Dames were also invested: Dr Julia M. Brady of the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council; Miss Maria Quiligotti, company financial director and secretary; Mrs Catherine O'Rourke, wife and mother; and Miss Winifride Wharton, President of the West Sussex Federation of the National Association of Headteachers.