Catholic Catechists in U.S. Military to Gather in Baltimore for Mid-Atlantic Congress

BALTIMORE—Sixty-five religious educators and members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) will be among Catholic lay leaders gathering in Baltimore, Md., this weekend for three days of training, discussion, and prayer at the seventh Annual Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC). The Congress, co-sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers and the Department of Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, gives diocesan and parish staffs and volunteers an opportunity to explore current challenges facing Catholic leaders in the areas of management, finances, human resources, and planning. MAC 2018 will take place at the Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt St. More than 1500 are expected to participate in this year’s Congress, which has as its theme “Hope.” Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Invites Faithful to Imitate Example of “Selfless and Abundant Love” Demonstrated by the Heroic “Four Chaplains”

KEARNY, N.J.—His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, invited the faithful to imitate the example of “selfless service and abundant love” demonstrated by the “Four Chaplains” killed aboard the U.S. Army transport ship USAT Dorchester in World War Two. Archbishop Broglio preached the homily at a Mass in Kearny, N.J., on Super Bowl Sunday, commemorating the 75th anniversary of their heroic deaths when they gave up their life jackets to others aboard after the ship was struck by German torpedoes. Father Lt. John P. Washington, a Catholic priest, Rabbi Lt. Alexander D. Goode, a Jewish rabbi, Rev. Lt. Clark V. Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister, and Rev. Lt. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister, all went down with the ship, prayerfully locked arm in arm, leaving more than 200 survivors to reach safety in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio to Preach Homily on 75th Anniversary of Ultimate Sacrifice Paid by the Heroic “Four Chaplains”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass this weekend to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the heroic deaths of the “Four Chaplains” killed aboard the U.S. Army transport ship USAT Dorchester in the North Atlantic Ocean during World War Two. The Mass will be celebrated at noon (EST) on Feb. 4 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 676 Kearny   Avenue, in Kearny, New Jersey, where one of the chaplains, Father John P. Washington, served from 1937 to 1942. Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Celebrates Ten Years at the Helm of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks the tenth anniversary of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio’s installation as Archbishop of the Military Services, USA. Archbishop Broglio was installed on Jan. 25, 2008, by the late Most Rev. Pietro Sambi, then Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Continue reading

Military Catholics March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio today led dozens of members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) in the 45th annual March for Life along the National Mall. The delegation included 34 Catholic cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Continue reading

Active-Duty Couples Invited to Register for First-Ever Catholic Marriage Enrichment Retreat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) is now taking registrations for its first-ever Catholic Marriage Enrichment Retreat. The retreat, for active duty couples who have been married at least two years, will be held Feb. 16-18, 2018, at the Bon Secours Retreat House in Marriottsville, Md., a 300-acre pastoral setting with abundant spaces for reflection, both indoors and outdoors. Continue reading

Dates Announced for 2018 “Warriors to Lourdes” Spiritual Journey

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Military personnel, including the wounded, ill, and injured, are now invited to apply for an all-expenses-paid, round-trip journey to the Marian grotto and spring baths at Lourdes, France, during the 60th annual Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI)—or “International Military Pilgrimage”—May 15 to 22, 2018. The PMI will draw tens of thousands of troops, veterans, and others from around the world to the famous Marian shrine where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. The theme for the 60th PMI is Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). Continue reading

September a Time to Remember and Pray for Prisoners of War (POW) and Those Missing in Action (MIA)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In September, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), takes time to remember the brave service members listed as Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA).  In a letter to the AMS faithful, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, invites everyone to remember those individuals and their families in their prayers, or offer the Divine Mercy Chaplet for all people listed as POW or MIA.
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Archbishop Broglio Celebrates Annual Mass for the Repose of Father Vincent Capodanno on 50th Anniversary of Death

WASHINGTON, D.C.—His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, celebrated the annual Mass for the repose of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M. (1929-1967), Tuesday night on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War hero’s death. An estimated 650 crowded into the crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the 6:30 p.m. Mass—so many that 250 temporary seats had to be set up to accommodate the overflow congregation. Continue reading

One-Day Online Digital Matching Opportunity for Supporters of Team AMS in Army Ten-Miler

WASHINGTON, D.C.—For one day only, this Friday, Sept. 8, you can double your money on a donation to Team AMS—the charity partner team running on behalf of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) in the upcoming 33rd annual Army Ten-Miler. Here’s how to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Make a donation anytime between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. (EDST) on Friday, and anonymous donors, through a one-day online digital matching offer, will match your donation dollar for dollar.  Continue reading

Knights of Columbus Assembly Donates $10,000 for Formation of Future Catholic U.S. Military Chaplains

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A local assembly of the Knights of Columbus (K of C) has donated more than $10,000 to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), to support the formation of future Catholic U.S. Military chaplains. Archbishop Michael J. Curley Assembly #383 of College Park, MD, raised the money in a year-long “pass the helmet” campaign at local parishes. On Saturday, assembly leaders James D. Williams, Jr., and Arthur H. Blenkle presented the check for $10,083.49 to His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, at the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in Washington. Continue reading

Co-Sponsored Seminarian Enrollment Rises to 43 as Back-to-School Season Attracts Prospective New Catholic Military Chaplains

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Back-to-school season brings promise of relief for a severe Catholic chaplain shortage in the U.S. Military. Among the several hundred prospective priests entering American seminaries for the first time this fall, no fewer than seven plan, after ordination, to go on active duty as chaplains. Additionally, at least another four U.S. Catholic seminarians in various advanced stages of formation have decided this year to pursue military chaplaincy, and have made a commitment to “serve those who serve” as priests in the armed forces. Continue reading