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

BALTIMORE—Sixty-six Catholic catechetical leaders based on United States Military installations throughout the eastern U.S. will gather in Baltimore, Md., this weekend for three days of training, fellowship, discussion, and prayer at the eighth annual Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC). The Congress is co-sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers, which represents more than 60 Catholic publishers of books, music, videos, and other liturgical resources, and the Department of Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The conference gives diocesan and parish staffs and volunteers an opportunity to explore current challenges in the areas of management, finances, human resources, and planning. MAC 2019 will take place at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, 401 West Pratt Street. More than 1,300 are expected to participate in this year’s Congress, the theme of which is “Prophetic Discipleship.” Continue reading

World Youth Day Draws U.S. Military Catholics to Panamá

WASHINGTON, DC— Among the hundreds of thousands of young people from 155 countries who took part in World Youth Day Jan. 22-27 in Panamá, a half-dozen U.S. Military members participated with the support of their chapel communities and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS). Auxiliary Bishop Neal J. Buckon led the military young adult group, comprising servicemen and women from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, CA, and the Marine Corps Bases at Camp Lejeune, NC, and Camp Kinser on Okinawa, Japan. Continue reading

Pope Francis Names Two New Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS)

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Holy See announced today that Pope Francis has named two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS). His Holiness elected Father William (Bill) Muhm (first photo, in collar), Captain, Navy Chaplain Corps, titular Bishop-elect of Capsus, and Father Joseph L. Coffey, Captain (Select), Navy Chaplain Corps, titular Bishop-elect of Arsacalitan. Continue reading

Catholic Faith Offers Stability for Young Adults in the U.S. Military, SEEK 2019 Delegates Learn at AMS Lunch Panel

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA—Where to find stability in a life on the move? That’s a pressing question for almost anyone serving in the U.S. Military, where a “Permanent Change of Station” (PCS) comes as frequently as every two or three years. In Indianapolis on Friday, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), sponsored a lunch panel on how the Catholic faith can serve as a bedrock for wandering warriors. Continue reading

Catholic Military Couples Gather in Southern California for Marriage Enrichment Retreat

ALHAMBRA, CA – Thirteen Catholic U.S. Military couples based in the western United States are gathering here today for a Dec. 7-9 Marriage Enrichment Retreat. The retreat, sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), will take place in the tranquil setting of the Sacred Heart Retreat House on Alhambra Road near Los Angeles. Continue reading

Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Kicks Off 2019 National Collection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), has officially kicked off its 2019 National Collection campaign. The collection, to be taken up in Catholic parishes throughout the United States at weekend Masses Nov. 9-10, 2019, will support pastoral care and ministry to Catholic families stationed worldwide in the U.S. Military, and Catholic patients in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers throughout the country and in Guam and Puerto Rico. Continue reading

Active-Duty Couples Invited to Apply for Catholic Marriage Enrichment Retreat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholic couples with one at least one spouse on active duty in the U.S. Military and married for at least two years are eligible to take part in a Catholic Marriage Enrichment Retreat Dec. 7-9 at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, CA. The registration fee is $50 per couple. That includes a private room and meals. To register, visit https://www.milarch.org/ams-marriage-enrichment-retreat/. Continue reading

Archdiocese to Hold Days of Recollection in Asia and Europe for Priests and Chaplains Serving Those Who Serve Overseas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholic priests serving as U.S. Military chaplains to the armed forces in Asia and Europe will soon have an opportunity to attend any of three regional clergy days of recollection scheduled over the next few months on both continents. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio has approved the opportunities to help sustain spiritually priests endorsed by the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA, (AMS), to serve those who serve. Continue reading

Team AMS Crosses Finish Line in 34th Annual Army Ten-Miler with Only $7,530 Left to Raise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A charity team of 54 runners representing the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), crossed the finish line in the 34th annual Army Ten-Miler on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, just $7,530 short of its $60,000 fundraising goal. Consequently, the AMS has decided to extend the donationperiod in hopes of reaching the target. Donors now have until Monday, Oct. 15, to make a gift. Donations can be made at https://milarch.rallybound.org/donate. Continue reading

Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services Set for THIS SUNDAY October 7

EMMITSBURG, MD — All are welcome to the annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services at the Seton Shrine on Sunday, October 7, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the Patroness of the Sea Services, which includes the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Public Health Service. The late Cardinal John J. Connor, when serving as the Navy  Chief of Chaplains, advocated for her designation as the Patroness of the Sea Services in 1977. The 3:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated by Father Francis P. Foley, CAPT, CHC, USN, and Command Chaplain of the Unites States Naval Academy. The Mass is co-sponsored by the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Continue reading

AMS Delegation to V Encuentro Shows Readiness to Take Catholic Leadership Roles in Military

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS – Catholic Hispanic/Latinos in the U.S. Military are “ready to lead, not just be followers” in the Church’s mission to serve those who serve, “but they need formation, mentorship, and accompaniment” by the hierarchy. That is according to Mr. José  Amaya, Faith Formation Director of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS). Mr. Amaya shared those reflections after attending the national V Encuentro conference this past weekend in Grapevine, Texas, as part of an AMS delegation gathered from U.S. Military installations nationwide and overseas.  Continue reading

New Biography on Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent Capodanno Now Available on Amazon

WASHINGTON, DC — A new biography of Vietnam War hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno is now available on Amazon. Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, by the Reverend Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni, H.E.D., explores the life of the U.S. Navy chaplain lieutenant from his Italian-American roots and Catholic upbringing on Staten Island, NY, all the way through his foreign missionary service in East Asia to his heroic death at the age of 37 on a Vietnam battlefield while rushing, unarmed, to the aid of wounded and dying U.S. Marines under ambush. Father Capodanno, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his valor in combat, is now under consideration for canonization by the Holy See’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The 228-page biography was reviewed by the Historical Commission of the Cause for Canonization for Father Vincent Capodanno. The Commission, appointed by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, consists of Msgr. DiGiovanni, the Rev. Msgr. Robert F. Trisco, and Capodanno biographer Father Daniel L. Mode. Continue reading