Three members of the United States Military and the spouse of a U.S. serviceman, all based in greater Washington, celebrated the Rite of Election on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in preparation for receiving the Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church. The four are shown pictured with Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who celebrated the Rite. They are Midshipman First Class Michelle Yenlinh Doan, Petty Officer Second Class Kenneth James Reiners, and Ms. Amanda Kay Rodriguez—all affiliated with the U.S. Naval Academy—and Captain Dru Megan Foster of the U.S. Army, based at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
Like other Catholic archdioceses and dioceses, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), celebrates the RCIA every year for adults expressing an interest in becoming Catholic. The AMS process is unique, however, in that the Archdiocese’s population is spread all over the world—wherever U.S. Military personnel or those working for the federal government happen to be at any moment. Because all of the AMS’s Catechumens cannot gather in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the Rite of Election with Archbishop Broglio, those outside the National Capital Region celebrate the rite with the local diocesan bishop in their area.