Archdiocese Announces Annual Benefit

October 30th Fund-raiser to be held at Blessed Pope John II Shrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) announced today it will hold its annual benefit reception at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at The Blessed John Paul II Shrine, 3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington, D.C.

The AMS is the only jurisdiction of the Catholic Church responsible for endorsing and granting faculties to priests and deacons to provide pastoral care for Catholics in the United States armed forces, military academies, VA Medical Centers and employees of the U.S. Federal Government who work outside of the Country, as well as their families. A total of 1.8 million American Catholics worldwide depend on the AMS and its approximately 525 priests for spiritual counseling, access to the sacraments and sacramental record keeping. Yet, the AMS, the nation’s only archdiocese without territorial boundaries, receives no funding from the military or the government and has no parishes to provide a weekly source of funding support for its global mission.

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, said 59% of the AMS’s annual funding comes from the general public, 28% from military chaplains and servicemen and women and their families, and 13% from Catholic foundations and a few dioceses around the country.

Archbishop Broglio said:

“This annual event offers AMS benefactors and new friends, as well, an excellent opportunity to gather and show support for the Archdiocese in its mission to meet the spiritual needs of our men and women in uniform, both at home and abroad, during a time of war and transition.

“While many service personnel come home to their families in the wake of ongoing troop withdrawals from the Middle East, others remain on the front lines to face a scattered but determined enemy. Those still deployed continue to endure hardship, sacrifice and danger. Those coming home confront a major life adjustment, including, in many cases, how to live in peaceful society with post-traumatic stress.

“The AMS is in urgent need of resources to provide these servicemen and women and their families the pastoral care they need, in very challenging times.”

As Shepherd of the AMS, Archbishop Broglio and his three auxiliary bishops spend 65% of their time on pastoral visits to more than 220 military installations in 29 countries and 153 VA Medical Centers in the United States.

Tickets to the October 30th Benefit can be purchased for as little as $250 per individual or $500 per couple.

Those who wish to show greater support can attend the reception as a “Trustee” for $1,000; an “Event Vice-Chair” for $5,000; an”Event Co-Chair” for $10,000; a “National Sponsor” for $25,000; or an “Event Underwriter” for $50,000.

For more information on the annual benefit and to buy tickets, visit www.milarch.org/events .