Gives thanks to God and prays for blessings on U.S. military personnel and others entrusted to pastoral care
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio celebrates five years as Archbishop for the Military Services, providing spiritual guidance for Catholics in the United States armed forces worldwide, VA Medical Centers across the country, civilian federal and government contract jobs beyond American borders, and their families.
Archbishop Broglio was installed as chief shepherd of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) on January 25, 2008, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. In a video statement, Archbishop Broglio explained why he chose this particular day for his installment:
Archbishop Broglio said:
“I had chosen the feast of the conversion of St. Paul because he was a great missionary, and I thought he would be a great inspiration for this archdiocese which is spread throughout the world, over which the sun never sets; an inspiration, and also an example of apostolic fidelity, and zeal for preaching about the Kingdom of God.”
Archbishop Broglio has guided the AMS to some noteworthy milestones along its journey of faith over the past five years, including: an abundant new harvest of young men entering the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program to become Catholic military chaplains, up from seven in 2008 to 48 this year; approval by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in November of a national collection for the AMS in parishes across the country; and the announcement today of a new AMS faith formation curriculum for school children in grades pre-K through 8. Archbishop Broglio has also issued numerous public statements, pastoral letters and homilies taking clear stands in defense of Church teaching on a range of controversial issues affecting U.S. military families, including support for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and opposition to repeal of the Defense Department’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy on gay membership.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“I give thanks to Almighty God for these five years of His protection, and His blessing, and I ask Almighty God to continue to bless all of those entrusted to my pastoral care, to bless me as well, to give me the strength that I need in order to fulfill my mission.”
Archbishop Broglio was born in 1951 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He attended St. Ann Elementary School, Cleveland Heights and St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics at Boston College, an S.T.B. in Theology and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
Archbishop Broglio was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Cleveland on May 19, 1977 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of the North American College, Rome.
From 1977 to 1979 he served as associate pastor, St. Margaret Mary Parish, South Euclid.From 1979 to 1983 Archbishop Broglio attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.
From 1983 to 1987 the Archbishop served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. From 1987 to 1990 he served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Asunscion, Paraguay. From 1990 to 2001 Archbishop Broglio served as Chief of Cabinet for Angleo Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State to His Holiness Pope John Paul II and desk officer for Central America.
In February 2001 Archbishop Broglio was named Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate to Puerto Rico. The Archbishop was ordained as an Archbishop by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on March 19, 2001. He was named Archbishop for the Military Services by Pope Benedict XVI on November 19, 2007.
Archbishop Broglio is the fourth Archbishop of the 27-year-old AMS, succeeding Archbishops Joseph T. Ryan (March 16, 1985 – May 14, 1991); Joseph T. Dimino (May 14, 1991 – 12 August 12, 1997); and Edwin F. O’Brien (August 12, 1997 – July 12, 2007).
The AMS was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers.
AMS-endorsed priests serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed chaplains also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S.
The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population.
Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs.
For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit www.milarch.org, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.