Archbishop Broglio to Celebrate Memorial Mass on May 18 at National Shrine

Service to honor U.S. military members and veterans, living and dead

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) has announced the time and date for its 20th annual Memorial Mass. The Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will be the principal celebrant and homilist, with more than two dozen priests concelebrating and deacons assisting. The opening procession will follow a 15-minute musical prelude beginning at 4:15 p.m.

Archbishop Broglio said:

“As always, during this celebration, members of the United States armed forces who died for their country will be remembered in that most perfect prayer. The living, both active-duty and veterans, will also be included, and I encourage their participation as well as that of their families. I hope that some of the patients currently at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland will take part in this solemn celebration.”

The Memorial Mass is open to the public.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is located at 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast in Washington, D.C.