Prospective Catholic military chaplains gathered in Washington DC this Labor Day weekend for a three-day celebration of prayer, training, and fraternity. For seminarians who attended the gathering—all in various stages of preparation to become priests and chaplains—the weekend was an opportunity to get to know each other better and learn more about the “vocation within a vocation” that they share in response to the growing need for their service. The group was comprised of young men from seminaries across the United States who are enrolled in the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program, an ongoing partnership between the AMS and local dioceses and religious communities to support priestly vocations and fill a fast-growing shortage of Catholic chaplains in the U.S. military.
The seminarians took part in a full weekend event schedule. There were two opportunities for the public to gather and pray with the seminarians. The first was at Mass on Saturday, August 30, at 8am at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The second was at Mass at US Naval Academy Chapel in Anapolis, MD at 9:00am. Archbishop Broglio presided at both Masses.