Archbishop Dimino Celebrates 90th Birthday

Archbishop Broglio offers Mass for predecessor

Archbishop Joseph Thomas Dimino

Archbishop Joseph Thomas Dimino

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) is celebrating the 90th birthday of its former Chief Shepherd, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph Thomas Dimino, who served as Archbishop for the Military Services from 1991 to 1997.

Archbishop Dimino was born in New York City on January 7, 1923, and attended Cathedral College and St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1949. He then did pastoral work in the Archdiocese of New York until 1953, and served as a U.S. Navy Chaplain from 1953 to 1977, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, China Service Medal and Legion of Merit. In 1962 he earned a Master’s degree in religious education from the Catholic University of America. Retiring from the Navy in 1977 with the rank of captain, he was chancellor of the Military Vicariate based in New York City from 1977 to 1983.

On March 29, 1983, Father Dimino was appointed auxiliary bishop for the Military Vicariate and titular bishop of Hyccarum by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 10 from Terrence Cardinal Cooke, with Archbishop Joseph Thomas Ryan and Bishop Louis Edward Gelineau serving as co-consecrators. Following Archbishop Ryan’s retirement on May 14, 1991, Bishop Dimino succeeded him as the second Archbishop for the Military Services. Archbishop Dimino retired for health reasons on August 12, 1997, and now resides in a community for the elderly run by the Little Sisters of the Poor in northeast Washington, D.C.

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will offer Mass today for Archbishop Dimino and other bishops with whom he is currently on retreat.

In a letter to his predecessor, Archbishop Broglio wrote:

“The Eucharistic Sacrifice, not bound by the dimensions of time or space, will unite us as we give thanks for your years of life and service to the faithful and to our Country. Despite the travails of age and illness, the Lord certainly smiles upon you and continues to hold you in His hand.

On behalf of all of the faithful of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA – both past and present, I congratulate you and wish you serenity and good health. In their name I thank you for your continued support and your prayers.”

Archbishop Broglio has served as Archbishop for the Military Services since January 25, 2008, when he succeeded Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, who replaced Archbishop Dimino.

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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.