Archdiocese for the Military Services Named Recipient of $125,000 in Catholic Extension Funding

CHICAGO – Catholic Extension today announced that it has approved the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) to be a recipient of funding to support and strengthen the local Catholic community within the Diocese. Catholic Extension will provide a grant of $125,000 to promote the mission of the Church.

Catholic Extension will provide a $125,000 grant toward the Seminarian Co-Sponsorship Program, which aims to address the shortage of chaplains currently facing the U.S. military. Through this program, the AMS and a U.S. diocese share the cost of a seminarian’s theological studies. Upon ordination, the new priest will serve within his diocese for three years before being released for service as a military chaplain. This program will result in more priests to serve U.S. parishes and more chaplains to provide spiritual support for our nation’s dedicated service men and women.

Historically, Catholic Extension has supported the AMS with more than $743,000 in funding since 2006 to support its people and ministries. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., expressed appreciation for the latest grant.

Archbishop Broglio said:

“For years now, the AMS has been able to count on Catholic Extension for its unique support—support driven by a firm commitment to the growth and vibrancy of the Catholic Church and its ministry to the men and women who serve our country in uniform as well as veterans receiving treatment in VA Medical Centers along with their families. I am profoundly grateful to Catholic Extension for its ongoing generosity.”

For more than 100 years, Catholic Extension has uniquely contributed to the growth and vibrancy of the Catholic Church in the U.S. by strategically investing in poor mission dioceses to unleash the power of faith that transforms hearts, lives and society.

“We are proud to partner with the Archdiocese for the Military Services to provide funding to support the education of our future military chaplains,” said Catholic Extension President Father Jack Wall. “We recognize that the people of this diocese have enormous passion for their ministry and commitment to the growth of the Catholic faith. Through our strategic funding, Catholic Extension is dedicated to building faith, inspiring hope and igniting change. We are proud to assist the Archdiocese for the Military Services in ensuring the continuation and growth of their dynamic Catholic faith community.”

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About Catholic Extension:

Catholic Extension uniquely contributes to the growth and vibrancy of the church in the U.S. by strategically investing in poor mission dioceses to unleash the power of faith that transforms hearts, lives and society. Based in Chicago, this national organization provides funding resources to dioceses and parishes through programs and services investing in people, infrastructure and ministries. This support is given based on need, as well as passion and commitment to the growth of the Catholic faith. Since 1905, Catholic Extension has distributed more than $500 million to communities across America. For more information, visit http://www.catholicextension.org

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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.

Contacts:       Taylor Henry
202.719.3643
thenry@milarch.org

Tiffany Washington
Vivid Ascent
312.346.2005
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