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

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

Time Running Out to Apply for 2018 “Warriors to Lourdes” Spiritual Journey

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Time is running out for U.S. Military personnel, including the wounded, ill, and injured, 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.  All applications must be received no later than Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.  Continue reading

Anonymous Donors Provide Subscriptions to FORMED.org for Catholics at 77 U.S. Military Installations

WASHINGTON, DC—For the first time ever, thanks to anonymous donors, Catholics serving at 77 United States Military installations across the U.S., Europe, and Asia will have a year’s worth of unlimited access to the Augustine Institute’s “FORMED” website, bringing a wide selection of audio and video productions about the Catholic faith to their fingertips. The current parish rate for a one-year subscription is $1,750. The donors recently contributed more than $130,000 to purchase a subscription for each installation. Continue reading

Fourteen Men to Gather for Discernment Retreat on Possible Vocations as U.S. Military Chaplains

YONKERS, NEW YORK—As the Catholic Church celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week Nov. 5-11 in the United States, fourteen men from many service branches of the U.S. Armed Forces will gather here this weekend for a discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is conducting the retreat Nov. 9-12 at St. Joseph’s Seminary. Among the prospective chaplain candidates are more than a half-dozen men already serving in the Military, including three from the Army; five from the Navy; and one from the Air Force. Five of the prospective chaplains are currently civilians. Continue reading

Mr. Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, to Receive the Medal of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

WASHINGTON, DC – Mr. Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (K of C), will receive the Medal of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) in recognition of the outstanding contributions by the K of C to the Archdiocese. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will present the Medal to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson at the 9th Annual Benefit for the AMS on November 18, 2017 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, 3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC Continue reading

World War Two Chaplain Hero Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur Receives Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur, a Catholic U.S. Army Air Corps Chaplain in World War II, posthumously received the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart in a ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Opelousas, LA. Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., (R-LA), presented the two military medals to Father Lefleur’s nephew and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lefleur, at Saint Landry Catholic Church, where the priest celebrated his first Mass following ordination in 1938. The Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, Bishop of Lafayette, LA, and Father James Brady, pastor of Saint Landry Parish, participated in the ceremony along with other dignitaries, devout Catholics, and students from Opelousas Catholic Junior High and High Schools. Continue reading

Team AMS Crosses Finish Line in 33rd Annual Army Ten Miler with only $7,000 Left to Raise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A charity team of 50 runners representing the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) crossed the finish line in the 33rd annual Army Ten-Miler on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, just $7,208 short of its $60,000 fundraising goal. Consequently, the AMS has decided to extend the donation period for one more week in hopes reaching the target. Donors now have through Friday, Oct. 13, to make a gift. Donations can be made at https://milarch.rallybound.org/donate. 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