Chatting With Chapey
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey
Archbishop Egan Congratulates Dr. Chapey
On Friday, September 15, 2000, I was elevated by Archbishop Edward M. Egan to the rank of Commander with Star in the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre. The liturgy and solemn investiture ceremony was held at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The Equestrian Order traces its historical roots back over nine hundred years. It was formally approved as a Papal Order by Pope Paschal II in 1113. The formal Orders of Knighthood began to change in many ways. They spread around the Mediterranean region and throughout Europe continuing to perform charitable works for their neighbors in need.
The current tradition of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre began around 1850. Pope Pius IX changed the organization and created several different categories of knighthood. Pope Leo XIII invited women to join the men and thus began the current Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre with their commitment to serve their fellow men and women.
The Eastern Lieutenancy is one branch of this worldwide organization. The Grand Priors in the United States have included Francis Cardinal Spellman, Richard Cardinal Cushing, Terrance Cardinal Cooke, John Cardinal O’Connor, and most recently Archbishop Edward Egan.
My family was delighted to participate in this special occasion. I was joined by my husband Eugene Pasternak; my mother, New York State Regent, Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey; my sister, Dr. Roberta Chapey; and John Dolan. Archbishop Egan's message at the Cathedral was moving and inspirational.
After the festivities at the Cathedral, there was a beautiful dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. Emily Pulley from the Metropolitan Opera entertained the gathering. Her vocal renditions were magnificent. She is a very gifted and talented opera star. In addition, the Reverend Monsignor Robert L. Stern, Secretary General of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, discussed the importance of Jerusalem as a Holy Place to Catholics, Jews and Arabs. His historical comments on the City of Jerusalem highlighted the relevance and significance of the recent Jewish/Arab negotiations.
It is a pleasure to be honored at St. Patrick's Cathedral by Archbishop
Edward Egan and to be raised in the ranks of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.