Father Vincent Capodanno a Worthy Example for the Catholic Church in Troubled Times, Archbishop Broglio Says

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Vietnam War hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., (1929-1967),  a Catholic U.S. Navy chaplain killed in action while supporting Marines under enemy gunfire, could well serve as a good example for the Church as it deals with the abuse crisis, according to the Archbishop for the Military Services, USA. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., made that observation in his homily last night at a memorial Mass for the slain priest on the 51st anniversary of his death in combat. “He cared for the vulnerable,” Archbishop Broglio said, “because the Marines were under attack. He imitated his Lord by giving his life so that others might live.” Continue reading

AMS Celebrates Catholic Priestly Ordination of Three Former Anglican Military Chaplains

HOUSTON, TX – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) is celebrating the Catholic priestly ordinations of three United States Military chaplains and former Anglican priests. All entered the Catholic priesthood through the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, erected by the Vatican in 2012 for Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition or whose faith has been renewed by the liturgy and evangelizing mission of the Ordinariate. The Ordinariate was established to provide a way for groups of former Anglicans to become Roman Catholic, while retaining elements of their worship traditions and spiritual heritage. Continue reading

Prospective New Catholic Army Chaplain Ordained a Priest

FORT WAYNE, IN – Father Jay Horning, a United States Army chaplain candidate, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 2, in Fort Wayne, IN. His ordination was celebrated at an 11:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conceptionthrough the laying on of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, concelebrated the Mass.  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

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Expresses Gratitude for Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Coyle’s “Selfless Ministry”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, issued the following statement after the Holy See announced the transfer of Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Coyle to Bishop Coyle’s home diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y.: “I am deeply grateful to Bishop Coyle for the selfless ministry that has been his since I ordained him to the episcopacy on 25 April 2013.  At great personal sacrifice, he lived far from his parents and familiar surroundings on Long Island and tirelessly took up the pilgrim’s staff to minister to the men and women in uniform and their families. I know that he will offer the same generous service to Bishop John Barres and to the faithful of his native Rockville Centre.  He returns to them enriched by his ministry to a flock stationed in half of the continental United States.  He will continue to be in my prayers and I am counting on his for the noble people who make up this archdiocese.”

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Time Running Out to Take Advantage of Archdiocese’s 2017 Matching Endowment Opportunity

WASHINGTON, DC—Time is running out for anyone wanting to show support for the free exercise of the Catholic faith in the U.S. Military by making a gift to the 2017 Matching Endowment Opportunity offered by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Opportunity ends on Dec. 31. Generous benefactors will match any contribution received before the end of the year, dollar for dollar. 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

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

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