Priest joins order of knighthood

The Rev. Monsignor Terrence A.M. Watanabe of St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Kihei was inducted this month into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, according to an announcement.

This Catholic order of knighthood was established more than 900 years ago and operates under the protection of the pope, the announcement said.

The ceremony took place in Salt Lake City at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. The order inducts both men and women and is committed to reinforcing the practice of Christian life by its members in absolute fidelity to the popes. It is committed to the spiritual betterment of its members and the active support of Catholics and the propagation of the faith in the Holy Land.

“This ceremony was very special to me,” Watanabe said. “Not only because it was wonderful to meet so many other Catholics from across the country and share our faith, but because of what the order stands for. This is a proactive order with a commitment to education and health care that looks at the broad picture of the church and reaches out to the larger world. This order strives to touch the hearts and lives of as many people as possible. That is very meaningful to me.”

Hawaii Bishop Larry Silva was among top church officials celebrating a Mass during the induction event.

Born and raised on Maui, Watanabe serves as vicar forane of the Maui Vacariate, senior pastor St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Kihei and president of FACE Maui.

In October 2014, the Equestrian Order will meet in Hawaii.