AMS Director of Faith Formation First-Ever Recipient of Newly-Created Wineskins Award from National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

CHICAGO – On Friday, June 1, Mr. José Amaya, Director of Faith Formation for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) was honored to receive the newly-created Wineskins Award from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL). Mr. Amaya is the first-ever recipient of the Wineskins Award in the category of “Diocesan/Multi-Diocesan.” The NCCL established the award recently to: (1) highlight and celebrate extraordinary achievement occurring in a diocese (or diocesan clusters) in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis; (2) share successful initiatives that may benefit other dioceses; (3) encourage continued creative innovation in parish catechetical and evangelization efforts; and (4) reflect the spirit of the “new evangelization” promulgated by Saint Pope John Paul II and the General/National Directories for Catechesis. Continue reading

Catholic Chaplain at Fort Bragg Nominated for Lumen Christi Award

WASHINGTON, DC – Father Lukasz Willenberg, CH (CAPT), USA, a U.S. Army chaplain currently serving at Fort Bragg, NC, has been nominated for a 2018-19 Lumen Christi Award from Catholic Extension. Now in its 41st year, the Lumen Christi (Latin for “Light of Christ”) 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. Continue reading

Film on Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno Named Winner of 2018 Gabriel Award

WASHINGTON, DC – The film Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno has been named winner of a 2018 Gabriel Award from the Catholic Press Association. The 90-minute film, which premiered on EWTN August 30, 2017, explores the life of the Maryknoll missionary-turned-military-chaplain who died a hero in combat during the Vietnam War. Father Capodanno was killed by enemy gunfire on Sept. 4, 1967, 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. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration.  His Cause of Canonization has been opened by the Catholic Church. Continue reading

Memorial Mass Draws 2,250 Faithful to the National Shrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Approximately 2,250 Catholics gathered in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Pentecost Sunday for a 4:30 p.m. (EDST) Mass to honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, particularly those who paid the ultimate price for American liberty.The 24th Annual Memorial Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), which was attended by service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, opened with a posting of the colors and the singing of the National Anthem. Continue reading

One-Hundred-Year-Old World War II Veteran Among Those to be Remembered at May 20 Memorial Mass

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday marked the 100th birthday of Mr. Fouad Simon John of Uniontown, PA, a Maronite Catholic who served as a U.S. Army medic in World War II from 1941 to 1945, and he is still around to celebrate with his family. It is precisely for Mr. John and all others who have served our nation in uniform, living and deceased, that the 24th annual Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, May 20, in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast in Washington, D.C. The Memorial Mass begins at 4:30 p.m. (EDST) and is open to the public. Continue reading

U.S. “Wounded Warriors” Joining Thousands of International Military Pilgrims in Lourdes

WASHINGTON, DC – More than 200 active and retired U.S. Military personnel will take part in the annual Warriors to Lourdes spiritual journey dedicated to individual healing and a more peaceful world. The May 15-22 journey is timed to coincide with the 60th annual “Pèlerinage Militaire International” (PMI), or International Military Pilgrimage. “The Marian Shrine at Lourdes is … Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio to Celebrate Memorial Mass on Sunday, May 20, at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will celebrate the 24th annual Memorial Mass at 4:30 p.m. (EDST) on Sunday, May 20, 2018, in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Diaconal Ordination of Prospective New Air Force Chaplain

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Reverend Mr. Christopher Yakkel, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Friday, May 4, in Columbus, Ohio. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Air Force with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). 

The Rev. Mr. Yakkel, 29, is currently in priestly formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, where he is on track to earn his Master’s Degree in Divinity next year. His diaconal ordination was celebrated at a 7:00 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral through the laying on of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit by Bishop Frederick F. Campbell of Columbus. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, concelebrated the Mass. Continue reading

Texas Women’s Project Donates $80,000 to Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program

HOUSTON, Texas – For the past two years, under the banner of the Texas Women’s Project, wives of the Texas State Council of the Knights of Columbus(K of C) have been raising money to support Catholic seminarians in formation to become priests and U.S. Military chaplains. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, accepted a check for $75,000 Saturday night at the council’s 114th Annual State Convention banquet in Houston. Presenting the check was Ms. Jo-Dee Benson, wife of Knights of Columbus Texas State Deputy Douglas E. Oldmixon. Meanwhile, the Texas wives raised an additional $5,000 over the weekend, bringing their total contribution to $80,000.  Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Diaconal Ordination of Two Prospective Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplains

WASHINGTON, DC – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) is celebrating the diaconal ordination of two prospective new Catholic U.S. Air Force chaplains. Reverend Mr. Vincent (Vinny) Gillmore was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, April 7, in St. Meinrad, IN. Reverend Mr. Carignan (Corey) Rouse was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, April 14, in Lowell, MA.  Continue reading

Final Tally: U.S. Military Catholics Donate $118,380 to Hurricane Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholics in the United States Military over the past few months have donated a total of $118,380.03 in relief to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Catholic military chaplains, serving with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), took up the donations at military installations worldwide, in general by means of a designated offering at the Sunday Mass. Continue reading

Catholic Priests to Gather in Washington to Discern Possible “Vocation Within a Vocation” as U.S. Military Chaplains

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than a half-dozen Catholic priests from around the nation will gather in Washington, D.C., in June for a five-day discernment retreataimed at helping them determine if they are called to the “vocation within a vocation” to serve as U.S. Military chaplains. The all-expenses-paid retreat, “For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve,” is the fourth of its kind to be sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), since 2015. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio to Celebrate Memorial Mass on May 20 at National Shrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) has announced the time and date for its 24th annual Memorial Mass. The Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. (EDST) on Sunday, May 20, 2018, in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

South Korea-Based Catholic U.S. Military Couples and Families Gather for Reflection on Faith

SEOUL, South Korea – Catholic married couples and families in service to the U.S. Military in South Korea are taking a deeper look at their faith lives this week in two separate gatherings organized with the support and cooperation of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). On Wednesday night, April 4, Dr. Mark Moitoza, AMS Vice-Chancellor of Evangelization, facilitated a marriage enrichment session for couples at the United States Army Garrison (USAG) Yongsan Memorial Chapel in Seoul. Meanwhile, nearly 30 miles southeast of that location, a Catholic Family Retreat will be held this weekend at the Yongmun Youth Camp. Continue reading