CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) cast a high profile at the Student Leadership Summit of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) last week in Chicago. The Office of Vocations staffed an exhibit calling on young men to consider a vocation to the priesthood and military chaplaincy. And the Office of Evanglization sponsored a Thursday lunch panel on lay leadership and a Friday night reception for military-associated participants. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, took part in the lunch panel, having just returned to the United States from a Christmas visit with U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Among the eight-thousand Catholic university students attending the Summit Jan. 2-6 at McCormick Place were one-hundred from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at colleges and universities throughout the country. Leading the Thursday panel discussion were First Lieutenant David Chacko, USA, co-sponsored seminarian and Army chaplain candidate; Ms. Sabrina Vu, a Navy spouse stationed at Great Lakes, Mich.; and Ms. Tanelle Pearson, a Navy spouse stationed at Kings Bay, Ga. Topics ranged from telling the difference between evangelization and proselytizing to what it’s like to lead a small faith group aboard a submarine and how to get involved with campus ministry.