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

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

Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer Honored with Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Eagle Scout Association on Wednesday presented Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer with its prestigious Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. The award honors Eagle Scouts who have achieved extraordinary success in professional and civic life, and serve as “Scouting’s finest examples of good men.” Bishop Spencer was one of fifteen men who received the award during an evening ceremony in Washington, D.C. Their ranks included five retired flag officers, three CEOs, medical doctors including a specialist in traumatic brain injury, lawyers, and a prominent judge. Continue reading

Auxiliary Bishop Richard B. Higgins Celebrates 50 Years as a Catholic Priest

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Most Rev. Richard B. Higgins celebrates the golden anniversary of his priestly ordination. Auxiliary Bishop Higgins, 74, was ordained a priest on March 9, 1968, in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. He currently serves His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, as Episcopal Vicar for Veterans Affairs. In that role, Bishop Higgins is responsible for more than 210 Catholic chaplains in 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. Bishop Higgins also serves as the Bishop Protector for the eight-thousand members of the Catholic War Veterans of America and currently assists Archbishop Broglio in serving the installations in the Eastern Vicariate of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

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

BALTIMORE—Sixty-five religious educators and members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) will be among Catholic lay leaders gathering in Baltimore, Md., this weekend for three days of training, discussion, and prayer at the seventh Annual Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC). The Congress, co-sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers and the Department of Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, gives diocesan and parish staffs and volunteers an opportunity to explore current challenges facing Catholic leaders in the areas of management, finances, human resources, and planning. MAC 2018 will take place at the Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt St. More than 1500 are expected to participate in this year’s Congress, which has as its theme “Hope.” Continue reading

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

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

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

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 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

Deadline Looms for Corporate Sponsors to Pledge Support for Team AMS in Army Ten-Miler

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At 72, retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant John Odell runs three days a week, five to six miles at a stretch. “My doctor told me that running was better than any pill he could prescribe, so I figured running’s doing good for me,” the veteran naval cryptologic maintenance officer quipped. On Oct. 8, Mr. Odell, of Penrose, N.C., will run through the streets of the nation’s capital in the U.S. Army’s 33rd annual Army Ten-Miler. He will be on a charity team running to raise money for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Warriors to Lourdes Complete Pilgrimage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of 200 pilgrims largely composed of U.S. Military personnel, including the wounded, ill, and injured, along with their companions and caretakers, left France on Tuesday following a week-long “journey of healing” to the Marian grotto and bath springs in Lourdes during the 59th annual Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI)—or “International Military Pilgrimage.” Continue reading