Archbishop Broglio to Celebrate Annual Chrism Mass Tonight at National Shrine

Service held to bless oils for sacramental use throughout the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) for the coming year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will celebrate the annual chrism Mass to bless oils for sacramental use throughout the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) during the coming year.
The chrism Mass, which will be concelebrated by AMS Auxiliary Bishops Richard B. Higgins and Neal J. Buckon, as well as Bishop-elect Robert Coyle and other priests from the AMS, will commence at 6 p.m. (ET) in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast in Washington, D.C. Deacon Mike Yakir, AMS Chancellor and transitional Deacons Jason Burchell and Angel Marrero and local co-sponsored seminarians will assist.

The chrism Mass is open to the public.


The AMS was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers.

AMS-endorsed priests serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed chaplains also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S.

The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population.

Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs.

For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.