Annual Benefit Draws Record Turnout, Highest-Ever Level of Giving

WASHINGTON, DC—Supporters of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) set record levels of attendance and giving at the Archdiocese’s Annual Benefit Saturday evening in Washington, DC.  According to the AMS Office of Advancement, a record 286 registered for—and 269 attended—the Ninth Annual Benefit at the St. John Paul II Shrine, donating more than $375,000 to the Archdiocese, the largest amount ever raised in the nine-year history of the Annual Benefit. The event opened with an anticipated Sunday Mass and included a sit-down dinner highlighted by presentation of the Medal of the Archdiocese to Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson of the Knights of Columbus (K of C). Continue reading

Anonymous Donors Provide Subscriptions to FORMED.org for Catholics at 77 U.S. Military Installations

WASHINGTON, DC—For the first time ever, thanks to anonymous donors, Catholics serving at 77 United States Military installations across the U.S., Europe, and Asia will have a year’s worth of unlimited access to the Augustine Institute’s “FORMED” website, bringing a wide selection of audio and video productions about the Catholic faith to their fingertips. The current parish rate for a one-year subscription is $1,750. The donors recently contributed more than $130,000 to purchase a subscription for each installation. Continue reading

Fourteen Men to Gather for Discernment Retreat on Possible Vocations as U.S. Military Chaplains

YONKERS, NEW YORK—As the Catholic Church celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week Nov. 5-11 in the United States, fourteen men from many service branches of the U.S. Armed Forces will gather here this weekend for a discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is conducting the retreat Nov. 9-12 at St. Joseph’s Seminary. Among the prospective chaplain candidates are more than a half-dozen men already serving in the Military, including three from the Army; five from the Navy; and one from the Air Force. Five of the prospective chaplains are currently civilians. Continue reading

Mr. Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, to Receive the Medal of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

WASHINGTON, DC – Mr. Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (K of C), will receive the Medal of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) in recognition of the outstanding contributions by the K of C to the Archdiocese. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will present the Medal to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson at the 9th Annual Benefit for the AMS on November 18, 2017 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, 3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC Continue reading

World War Two Chaplain Hero Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur Receives Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur, a Catholic U.S. Army Air Corps Chaplain in World War II, posthumously received the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart in a ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Opelousas, LA. Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., (R-LA), presented the two military medals to Father Lefleur’s nephew and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lefleur, at Saint Landry Catholic Church, where the priest celebrated his first Mass following ordination in 1938. The Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, Bishop of Lafayette, LA, and Father James Brady, pastor of Saint Landry Parish, participated in the ceremony along with other dignitaries, devout Catholics, and students from Opelousas Catholic Junior High and High Schools. Continue reading

Team AMS Crosses Finish Line in 33rd Annual Army Ten Miler with only $7,000 Left to Raise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A charity team of 50 runners representing the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) crossed the finish line in the 33rd annual Army Ten-Miler on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, just $7,208 short of its $60,000 fundraising goal. Consequently, the AMS has decided to extend the donation period for one more week in hopes reaching the target. Donors now have through Friday, Oct. 13, to make a gift. Donations can be made at https://milarch.rallybound.org/donate. Continue reading

Dates Announced for 2018 “Warriors to Lourdes” Spiritual Journey

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Military personnel, including the wounded, ill, and injured, are now invited to apply for an all-expenses-paid, round-trip journey to the Marian grotto and spring baths at Lourdes, France, during the 60th annual Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI)—or “International Military Pilgrimage”—May 15 to 22, 2018. The PMI will draw tens of thousands of troops, veterans, and others from around the world to the famous Marian shrine where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. The theme for the 60th PMI is Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). Continue reading

September a Time to Remember and Pray for Prisoners of War (POW) and Those Missing in Action (MIA)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In September, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), takes time to remember the brave service members listed as Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA).  In a letter to the AMS faithful, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, invites everyone to remember those individuals and their families in their prayers, or offer the Divine Mercy Chaplet for all people listed as POW or MIA.
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Archbishop Broglio Celebrates Annual Mass for the Repose of Father Vincent Capodanno on 50th Anniversary of Death

WASHINGTON, D.C.—His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, celebrated the annual Mass for the repose of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M. (1929-1967), Tuesday night on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War hero’s death. An estimated 650 crowded into the crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the 6:30 p.m. Mass—so many that 250 temporary seats had to be set up to accommodate the overflow congregation. Continue reading

One-Day Online Digital Matching Opportunity for Supporters of Team AMS in Army Ten-Miler

WASHINGTON, D.C.—For one day only, this Friday, Sept. 8, you can double your money on a donation to Team AMS—the charity partner team running on behalf of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) in the upcoming 33rd annual Army Ten-Miler. Here’s how to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Make a donation anytime between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. (EDST) on Friday, and anonymous donors, through a one-day online digital matching offer, will match your donation dollar for dollar.  Continue reading

Knights of Columbus Assembly Donates $10,000 for Formation of Future Catholic U.S. Military Chaplains

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A local assembly of the Knights of Columbus (K of C) has donated more than $10,000 to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), to support the formation of future Catholic U.S. Military chaplains. Archbishop Michael J. Curley Assembly #383 of College Park, MD, raised the money in a year-long “pass the helmet” campaign at local parishes. On Saturday, assembly leaders James D. Williams, Jr., and Arthur H. Blenkle presented the check for $10,083.49 to His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, at the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in Washington. Continue reading

Co-Sponsored Seminarian Enrollment Rises to 43 as Back-to-School Season Attracts Prospective New Catholic Military Chaplains

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Back-to-school season brings promise of relief for a severe Catholic chaplain shortage in the U.S. Military. Among the several hundred prospective priests entering American seminaries for the first time this fall, no fewer than seven plan, after ordination, to go on active duty as chaplains. Additionally, at least another four U.S. Catholic seminarians in various advanced stages of formation have decided this year to pursue military chaplaincy, and have made a commitment to “serve those who serve” as priests in the armed forces. Continue reading