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

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA— Twenty (20) men from every service branch of the United States Armed Forces and civilian life will gather here this weekend for a March 23-26 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 annual retreat at St. Patrick’s Seminary. Continue reading

Young Adults and Families in U.S. Military Gain Access to New Online Course in Evangelization and Faith Formation

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Starting this Lent, military young adults and families, Hispanic and faithful of all cultures will have a new online resource for learning about their faith, developing spirituality, and preparing to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is offering, in collaboration with the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF), a FREE course called Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love. Continue reading

Bishop Robert Barron’s CATHOLICISM: the Pivotal Players Shipped to Catholic Military Communities Worldwide

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Just in time for Lent, Catholics serving in the United States Military will have free access to the first volume of Bishop Robert Barron’s new video series, CATHOLICISM: the Pivotal Players. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), has shipped 500 complimentary DVD box sets, complete with study materials, to Catholic faith communities on U.S. Military installations around the world, aboard U.S. Navy warships, and in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers. Continue reading

U.S. Military Catholics March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Dozens of Catholic United States Military personnel and members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), walked in the March for Life today on the National Mall. The delegation included more than 40 from Fort Bragg, N.C., three dozen from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and nearly a dozen others from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Calls for Christian Unity Between People, Languages, and Races

In a homily on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio Archbishop Broglio noted that for Catholics in the United States, the Feast of the Epiphany marks the beginning of the annual National Migration Week, a time for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The theme for National Migration Week 2017, observed Jan. 8-14, draws attention to Pope Francis’ call to create a culture of encounter, and in doing so to look beyond our own needs and wants to those of others around us. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Extends Christmas Greeting in Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late Advent and the upcoming Christmas season will find U.S. Military Services Archbishop Timothy Broglio on pastoral visit, as usual, with the men and women who serve our Nation in uniform. This year, Archbishop Broglio will spend the holy season with deployed American Catholics in Bulgaria, Romania, Bahrain, and Kuwait. Meanwhile, Archbishop Broglio has a Christmas message on video for Catholic U.S. Military personnel, veterans, and their families worldwide. Continue reading

New Prayer Handbook Offers Chapter of Insights for Catholics in the U.S. Armed Forces

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a retired U.S. Army chaplain, Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer has much to tell about prayer in battle. Now, Bishop Spencer is sharing some of his experiences in a published reflection. His ten-page chapter, “Military Postures in Prayer: Moments of Spiritual Intimacy,” appears in a hefty new hardback. The 617-page volume, edited by Robert J. Wicks, is called Prayer in the Catholic Tradition: A Handbook of Practical Approaches (Franciscan Media, 2016). Continue reading

Army Beats Navy on Hail Mary

BALTIMORE – Army beat Navy Saturday on a Hail Mary. Not the “Hail Mary” pass that football fans know so well, but the real prayer. In the last ten minutes of the game in Baltimore, Father Matthew Pawlikowski knelt down on the sideline, joining other Army fans in praying the rosary. During that time, the Black Knights scored to take the lead and held out for a 21 to 17 victory over the Midshipmen, giving Army its first win in the annual showdown since 2001. Continue reading

Dates Announced for 2017 Warriors to Lourdes “Journey of Healing”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Military personnel, including the wounded, ill, and injured, are invited to apply for an all-expenses-paid “journey of healing” to the Marian grotto and bath in the spring in Lourdes, France, during the 59th annual Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI)—or “International Military Pilgrimage,” 16-23 May 2017. U.S. servicemen or women currently on active duty, … Continue reading