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

AMS Vice-Chancellor Receives National Award for Outstanding Contribution to Youth Ministry

SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Dr. Mark Moitoza, Vice-Chancellor for Evangelization of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), accepted a national award Thursday night for his outstanding contribution to youth ministry to families in the U.S. Military. The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) presented its National Youth Ministry Award to Dr. Moitoza at the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry in San Jose, California. Continue reading

Team AMS Surpasses Fundraising Goal in 41st Marine Corps Marathon

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A charity team of 25 runners representing the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), in the 41st Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and 10K on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, surpassed its goal of raising $60,000 for the Archdiocese thanks in large part to an online matching gift challenge made possible by an anonymous donor. Continue reading

Upcoming Special Collection Gives Catholics Opportunity to Support Free Exercise of Catholic Faith in U.S. Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Catholics will have a rare opportunity this weekend to support the pastoral care for their brothers and sisters, the faithful, in the United States Military and the nation’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers. A special collection will be taken up in parishes nationwide for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading