American Bible Society

Mary Lavin Portrait 001Free Catholic Bibles: E100 military edition with Lectio Divina are available to U.S. servicemen and women, veterans, and their families from American Bible Society. Bound in water-resistant, earth-toned digital camouflage covers, the special volume of the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE) is durable, lightweight, and handy for easy reference in all kinds of circumstances, including combat.

The Catholic Bible contains a guide for practicing Lectio Divina, meditation, prayer, contemplation and action, as well as the three-year calendar cycle of Sunday Mass readings, a weekday lectionary, and collection of Catholic prayers and spiritual devotions including the Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Act of Contrition. Publication rights for the revised New American edition were secured through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

This new military Bible also features the highlighted “Essential 100” passages — 50 in the Old Testament and 50 in the New Testament —composing a simple introductory reading plan for those trying to gain a better grasp of the “big story” of God’s Word by tracing the history of salvation. American Bible Society offers a Challenge Coin for anyone who meets the “Essential 100 Bible Reading Challenge:” reading all 100 passages in 100 days.

Also included are letters from Archbishop Broglio and Dr. S. Douglas Birdsall, American Bible Society President and CEO. It was in response to a request from Archbishop Broglio that American Bible Society decided to publish the volume. The Archbishop expressed his desire for a Catholic version of the Good News and English Standard military Bibles that the Society has published for years.

Copies are available for military ministry leadership while supplies last at or on the Website of the Armed Services Ministry of American Bible Society at