EWTN to Air New Film on Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., this Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 10 p.m. (EDST)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This coming Wednesday night, Aug. 30, at 10:00 p.m. (EDST), EWTN will premiere an all-new film about Vietnam War hero and U.S. Navy Chaplain, Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., Servant of God. The 90-minute film, Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno, explores the life of the Maryknoll missionary-turned-military-chaplain, who died at the age of 38 in Vietnam’s Quế Sơn Valley, administering the sacraments to embattled U.S. Marines and pulling the wounded to safety. Father Capodanno received the Medal of Honorposthumously on January 7, 1969, and the Holy See’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints is now consideringwhether to recognize him as a Saint. Continue reading

Catholic Military Priests Launch Series of Convocations Focusing on “Current Moral Questions”

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – More than 50 Catholic priests in service to the Military will gather in San Diego next week for the first of four biennial convocations to be held across the nation and in Rome over the next two months under the direction of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services. Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio Issues Easter Video Easter Message

WASHINGTON, D.C. –His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, has issued an Easter video message for Catholics under his pastoral care worldwide, including U.S. Military personnel and their families, patients in the nation’s VA Medical Centers, and Americans working for the federal government beyond U.S. borders. At a time of heightened international tension, Archbishop Broglio calls on the faithful to invigorate their prayer life. Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Consecrates and Blesses Sacramental Oils at Annual Chrism Mass

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Sacred oils for sacramental and ecclesiastical use over the coming year on U.S. military sites the world over—and in the nation’s VA Medical Centers—were blessed and consecrated Tuesday evening at the annual chrism Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). During the Mass, Catholic military chaplains and priests in service to the Archdiocese also renewed their ministerial commitment. Watch video of the Mass here. Continue reading

Wanted: 50 Runners to Join Team AMS in October 2017 Army Ten-Miler

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), needs 50 volunteer runners to join her charity team in this year’s Army Ten-Miler on Oct. 8 in Washington, D.C. The Archdiocese is counting on Team AMS to raise $60,000 in charitable donations to support vocations, evangelization, and other religious programs for Catholic families in the United States Military, veterans hospitalized in the nation’s VA Medical Centers, and civilians working for the federal government beyond U.S. borders. Both runners and donors can sign up at milarch.rallybound.org. Prospective corporate sponsors are asked to contact Marie Cacace, Assistant Director of Major Gifts, at majorgiftsasst@milarch.org or (202) 719-3646. Continue reading

Young Adults and Families in U.S. Military Gain Access to New Online Course in Evangelization and Faith Formation

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Starting this Lent, military young adults and families, Hispanic and faithful of all cultures will have a new online resource for learning about their faith, developing spirituality, and preparing to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is offering, in collaboration with the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF), a FREE course called Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love. Continue reading