Friday, December 4, 2015

Valentin Blatz 'Papal Orders of Knighthood' December 4th 2015

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is December 4th.

This month’s speaker will be Sir Valentin Blatz. Mr. Blatz a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and currently holds the office of Archdiocesan Section Representative in Milwaukee for the Order. He was invested in 2009, in Detroit, Michigan.

He completed his undergraduate education at Marquette University in 1986 and his Master of Arts in Humanistic Psychology at the University of West Georgia in1994. In addition, he holds a commission of Captain in the US Army Reserve and served for 20 years before retiring in 2001.

Presently, he is a consultant with Johnson Controls in Milwaukee as an Information Technology Architect specializing in Cloud Virtualization. He lives in Palmyra, Wisconsin.

His home parish is the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee where over the years he’s served as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Usher. Valentin has also been very active in the Knights of Columbus where he has served as Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, District Deputy, and Diocesan Coordinator.

Mr. Blatz will speak a little about the history of the 3 Active Orders of Knighthood associated with the Holy See – Order of the Holy Sepulcher, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He will then focus on the Order of the Holy Sepulcher, and their present day mission.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)