U.S. Catholic Navy Chaplain Offers On-Board Mass and Prayers for Marines Killed in Aircraft Mishap off East Coast of Australia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sunday off the east coast of Australia, just hours after a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and crashed in the Coral Sea, killing three Marines, Father David J. Hammond, CHC, LT, USN, was in the ship’s Star of the Sea Chapel, offering Mass for the victims, the survivors, and their families. Such is the role of a Catholic U.S. Militarychaplain: to bring timely pastoral care, the presence of Christ in the sacraments, sympathy, and encouragement to those who serve, particularly during times of crisis and tragedy. Continue reading

Military Catholics Well-Represented at National Jamboree of Boy Scouts of America

MOUNT HOPE, W. Va. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is well represented at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree now underway in Mount Hope, W. Va. Scouts from Catholic U.S. Military families based throughout the United States and as far away as Europe and Asia are participating in the July 19-28 Jamboree at the 14,000-acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. Continue reading

Catholic Clinical Chaplain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Named Finalist for Lumen Christi Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father John (Frank) O’Grady, CH (LT), USA, a longtime U.S. Army chaplain currently assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., has been selected as one of eight finalists for Catholic Extension’s 2017-18 Lumen Christi Award. Now in its 40th year, the Lumen Christi Award annually honors an individual or group working in one of America’s mission dioceses who demonstrates how the power of faith can transform lives and communities. Catholic Extension’s panel of judges chose the finalists among 45 nominees. The finalists will each receive $10,000 to put back into their respective ministries. The ultimate award recipient, to be named in the fall, will receive $25,000 with another $25,000 going to the winner’s diocese. Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Issues Statement on U.S. Marine Plane Crash

WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, issued the following statement tonight on the tragic U.S. Marine Corps plane crash in Mississippi: “I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the KC-130 Hercules plane crash in Mississippi, killing all 15 Marines and one Sailor … Continue reading

Archdiocese and Catholic Military Chaplains Receive Abundant Recognition in 2017 Awards from the Catholic Press Association

QUEBEC, CANADA – The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada (CPA) honored SALUTE Magazine with two awards Friday night, June 23, 2017, at the organization’s annual awards banquet in Quebec City. SALUTE is the quarterly news magazine of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Edited by Ms. Jo Ann Redmond, SALUTE has a circulation of approximately 50,000 worldwide. Continue reading

Funeral Arrangements Published for Father Martin Smith-Soucier, President of National Conference of VA Catholic Chaplains

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Martin Smith-Soucier, Chief Chaplain at Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center of Cincinnati, Ohio, and President of the National Conference of Veterans Affairs Catholic Chaplains (NCVACC), died June 19th at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati with his family and dear friends at his side. He was 69 years old. Father Smith-Soucier served as a priest for over 40 years. Continue reading

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