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

St. Patrick’s Seminary Presents Patrician Award to Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS)

MENLO PARK, CA – Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio accepted St. Patrick Seminary’s Patrician Award on Saturday evening at the seminary’s 11th annual gala in Menlo Park, CA. Archbishop Broglio accepted the award—a statuette of St. Patrick—on behalf of the gala honoree, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), of which he has been the chief shepherd for the past ten years. 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

Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer Joins Fellow Prelates in Visit to Korea’s Demilitarized Zone

DEMILITARIZED ZONE (DMZ), Korea – On Monday, August 13, 2018, Archbishop Alfred Xuereb, the Apostolic Nuncio to Korea, visited the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. He was accompanied by Archbishop Tommaso Caputo, Prelate of Loreto, Italy; Bishop Francis Xavier Yu Soo-il, O.F.M., Bishop of South Korea’s Military Ordinariate; and Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services Planned for 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 … Continue reading

Memorial Mass Scheduled SEPT. 4, 2018, for Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. (EDST) on Sept. 4, 2018, for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, on the 51st anniversary of his death on a Vietnam battlefield. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the United States Military Services, will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Mass, which will be held in the Crypt of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20017.

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

WASHINGTON, DC – Seven Catholic priests from seven religious communities and U.S. dioceses are gathered in Washington, DC, this week for a five-day discernment retreat aimed 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 fourthof its kind to be sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), since 2015. Continue reading

Prospective New Catholic Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest

LAFAYETTE, LA – Father Benjamin Pitre, a United States Navy chaplain candidate, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 23, in Lafayette, LA. His ordination was celebrated at a 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist through the laying on of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit by Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel of Lafayette. AMS Auxiliary Bishop Richard B. Higgins concelebrated the ordination Mass.  Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA. – Father Michael Metz, a candidate to join the United States Army as a chaplain, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 16, in Atlanta, GA. Father Metz is on track to serve on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) once he completes three years of pastoral service in his home Archdiocese of Atlanta.  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

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