The Spring 2017 Convent & Investiture of the Priory of St. John the Baptist was held on the weekend of March 25 at the DeKoven Center in Racine, WI.
Deputy Commander of OSMTH and Past Grand Prior XVIII of SMOTJ-GPUSA, LTC Chev. Thomas P. Curtis II, GCTJ, GMTJ took part in the weekend’s activities and joined Chvse. Juliana Taimoorazy, DTJ, CMTJ of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council in a special presentation on the situation today in the Middle East.
During the Investiture, Chev. Jeffrey P. Agnes, Grand Secretary of SMOTJ-GPUSA, served as officiant. Four postulants were knighted and welcomed into the Order.
Pictured below are (l-r): Rev. Dr. Chev. Christian Boyd, Master of Postulants Chev. Bruce Davie, Chev. Daniel Brophy, Grand Secretary Chev. Jeffrey Agnes, Prior X Chvse. Marge Bacon, Chev. Jeff Growel, and Chev. Todd Domenget.
Chev. Bruce Davie, Chvse. Bronwyn Glojek, and Chev. Gary Glojek were promoted to Knight Commandeur, and Chev. Skip Pochowski rose to the rank of Grand Officier.
Chvse. Charlene Janeczko received an Achievement Medal, and Chvse. Jan Berzowski and Chev. Skip Pochowski received Commendation awards. Chev. Stephen Moerschel and Chev. Ricky Townsell received their 5-Year Long and Faithful Service awards.
The Officers for the 2017 – 2019 term were installed and the Priory Flag was ceremoniously transferred from Prior IX SGT Chev. Robert C. Hunt, GOTJ to Prior X Chvse. Margaret Anne Enders Bacon, GOTJ.
The postprandial wine and cheese reception was certainly the venue for mixed emotions. Though saying farewell to Prior Hunt was difficult, welcoming Prior Bacon brings to mind the phrase, "Hope springs eternal!"