National Collection 2016

National Collection for the
Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
November 5-6, 2016

The National Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) is a triennial collection approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2012 and first taken in 2013.

The first National Collection for the AMS was timed to coincide with Veterans Day November 2013 and raised more than $8.2 million from collections taken by 179 dioceses.

The second National Collection will be taken in most dioceses and parishes across the country at weekend Masses November 5-6, 2016. While second collections are not allowed in U.S. military chapels, military personnel will have the opportunity to contribute independently by sending in individual donations in response to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA Appeal.

There are many organizations that support U.S. military and their families, but there is no other diocese or non-profit organization like the AMS. The AMS provides the same pastoral care and services as any other Catholic diocese, to Catholics serving in the United States Armed Forces, enrolled in U.S. Military Academies, undergoing treatment at any of the 153 Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam, working in civilian jobs for the federal government beyond U.S. borders, and the families of these populations.