Deadline Looms for Corporate Sponsors to Pledge Support for Team AMS in Army Ten-Miler

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At 72, retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant John Odell runs three days a week, five to six miles at a stretch. “My doctor told me that running was better than any pill he could prescribe, so I figured running’s doing good for me,” the veteran naval cryptologic maintenance officer quipped. On Oct. 8, Mr. Odell, of Penrose, N.C., will run through the streets of the nation’s capital in the U.S. Army’s 33rd annual Army Ten-Miler. He will be on a charity team running to raise money for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Issues Statement on Ship Collision Involving USS Fitzgerald

“Deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life on the USS Fitzgerald, I ask all of the faithful to remember in prayer the victims and their families.  My heart also goes out to all of the members of the crew who not only lost their esteemed shipmates, but also all of the personal belongings they had on board with them.  The Naval community at Yokosuka has responded with great care in attempting to meet the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of those who survived the collision.  May Almighty God give them continued fortitude in the days ahead. Continue reading

Archdiocese to Hold First-Ever Military Young Adult Conference

NORTHBROOK, ILL. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), will hold its first-ever Military Young Adult Conference this weekend in Northbrook, Ill., just outside Chicago. The conference, called “Serving as a Missionary Disciple,” will bring members of the AMS Office of Evangelization together with active-duty Catholic ministry leaders based around the country, ages 18 to 35, and if married, their spouses, for a group encounter at the Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center. Over the course of the June 16-18 gathering, participants will explore ways to enhance their faith journey and develop ministerial leadership skills that they can carry back to their home base Catholic communities and further build the body of Christ. Continue reading

Prospective New Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest

LAFAYETTE, LA. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is celebrating the priestly ordination of a prospective U.S. Navy chaplain this past weekend.  Father Rene Pellessier, 27, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 10, in Lafayette, La. Father Pellessier hopes eventually to serve on active duty in the U.S. Navy with endorsement and faculties from the AMS. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Reflects on Virtues as a Basis for Good Citizenship in Keynote Speech to National Catholic Prayer Breakfast as Nation Prepares to Celebrate Independence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the Fourth of July holiday coming up in just three weeks, the nation will once again celebrate its birth and contemplate what it means to be an American. In his keynote speech to the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast last week, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, noted that ours is a nation founded on truths, virtues, and principles. The Archbishop observed: “The US was not established, because of a common ethnic or racial origin, or a common language,or those other elements that characterize many other nations of the world.  It is based on certain self-evident truths: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Continue reading

Archdiocesan Vocations Video Honored with Two International Media Awards

WASHINGTON. D.C. – A vocations video inviting young men to consider giving their lives to God as Catholic priests in the U.S. Military has been honored with two international media awards. The three-minute video, “Discern God’s Call,” was selected among thousands of entries to receive both a 2017 Telly Award and a 2017 Communicator Award of Excellence. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), published the video on its website last year. It can be viewed on the Vocations page at www.milarch.org/vocations. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest as Archdiocese Battles Military Priest Shortage

SUPERIOR, WIS. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is celebrating the priestly ordination of a prospective U.S. Navy chaplain this past weekend. Father Samuel Schneider, 26, was ordained a priest on Sunday, June 4, in Superior, Wis. Father Schneider hopes eventually to serve on active duty in the U.S. Navy with endorsement and faculties from the AMS. Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio to Speak at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

WASHINGTON, D.C.—His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Brogio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will be a featured speaker at the 13th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast to be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 7:00 a.m. (EDST) at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 901 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, in Washington, D.C. EWTN will broadcast the event live. To access the live stream, go to http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/live_player.asp?sat=dome. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Military Chaplain Ordained Transitional Deacon in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA. – The Reverend Mr. Michael Metz, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon Saturday, May 27, in Atlanta, Ga. Deacon Metz is on track to be ordained a priest in June of 2018, and he hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Warriors to Lourdes Complete Pilgrimage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of 200 pilgrims largely composed of U.S. Military personnel, including the wounded, ill, and injured, along with their companions and caretakers, left France on Tuesday following a week-long “journey of healing” to the Marian grotto and bath springs in Lourdes during the 59th annual Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI)—or “International Military Pilgrimage.” Continue reading

EWTN and CatholicTV to Broadcast Memorial Mass on Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, a solemn Mass in honor of United States servicemen and women, living and dead, will be televised across North America on both EWTN and CatholicTV. The Memorial Mass will air on EWTN at 11:30 a.m. (EDST) and again twelve-and-a-half hours later at midnight (EDST). CatholicTV will carry the Memorial Mass at 12:00 noon (EDST) and again at 8:00 p.m. (EDST). Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Diaconal Ordination of Prospective New Military Chaplain

FORT WAYNE, IND. – Reverend Mr. Jay Horning, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 20, in Fort Wayne, Ind. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio to Celebrate Memorial Mass THIS COMING SUNDAY at National Shrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), will hold its 23rd annual Memorial Mass at 4:30 p.m. (EDST) on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, in Washington, D.C. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, the archdiocesan phase of the Cause for the Canonization of the Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno will be closed. Continue reading

Deadline EXTENDED to Register for First-Ever National Conference for Catholic Young Adults in U.S. Military

NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS—The original deadline of May 12 has been extended to May 26 to register for Serving as a Missionary Disciple, the first-ever international conference held specifically for Catholic young adults in the U.S. Military. The conference will be held June 16-18, 2017, at the Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center in Northbrook, Ill., near Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports Continue reading