Archdiocese Bids Farewell to Longtime Employee Margaret Elizabeth Scuderi

Vicar General Concelebrates Funeral Mass in Silver Spring, Maryland

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND – Funeral services were held today for Ms. Margaret Elizabeth Scuderi, a retired 20-year veteran employee of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS). Ms. Scuderi died of natural causes on her birthday, Saturday, July 27, at her home in Silver Spring, Maryland. She was 76.

From 1988 to 2008, Ms. Scuderi served in several AMS positions, working first in the Tribunal before becoming administrative assistant to Archbishop Joseph Thomas Dimino. She later worked as the Director, Office of Chaplains.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring. The Pastor, Father Y. David Brault, was the principal celebrant. Msgr. John Foster, AMS Vicar General, concelebrated. The Mass was followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring.

Ms. Scuderi is preceded in death by her husband, the late Placido Scuderi. She is survived by three sons: Joseph Scuderi of Silver Spring; Samuel Scuderi of Silver Spring; and Edward Scuderi of Long Beach, California.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 4200 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, D.C. 20017.

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 chaplains 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.

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