Service held to honor U.S. military members, living and dead
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) will celebrate its 19th annual Memorial Mass at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, May 19 in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., will be the principal celebrant and homilist, with more than two dozen priests concelebrating and deacons assisting in the Upper Church. The opening procession will follow a 15-minute musical prelude beginning at 4:15 p.m.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“As always, during this celebration, members of the United States armed forces who died for their country will be remembered in that most perfect prayer. The living, both active-duty and veterans, will also be included, and I encourage their participation as well as that of their families. I hope that some of the patients currently at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland will take part in this solemn celebration.”
The Memorial Mass is open to the public.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is located at 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast in Washington, D.C.
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.