WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), celebrated a 34th birthday, and it received a big present from generous benefactors: more than $48,000 in donations for the Young Adult Ministry program. The gifts poured in from all over the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Europe, and Korea to the second annual AMS “Day of Giving,” a fundraising opportunity now held each summer on July 21. On that day in 1986, the Holy See’s new apostolic constitution governing Catholic military ordinariates around the world—Spirituali militum curae—took effect. Promulgated by Pope St. John Paul II three months earlier, the constitution governs the structure and organization of the world’s thirty-six military ordinariates, including the AMS, based in the nation’s capital.
Mr. Sal Alfaro Perez, AMS Director of Advancement, said the Day of Giving “is a day of celebration in which the AMS asks for prayers and almsgiving for those who are entrusted to her pastoral care.” This year, he said, the AMS easily surpassed its single-day fundraising goal. “A generous group of donors came together to create a matching gift pool of $12,815,” he said, “which set a foundation for the Day of Giving and allowed others to double their donation throughout the day. The Goal of the Day of Giving was to raise $45,000 and as of now, the AMS has received over $48,000.”
Proceeds will support the AMS’s Young Adult Ministry which serves the pastoral needs of military Catholics between the ages of 18 and 29. That age group is by far the U.S. Military’s largest, according Dr. Mark Moitoza, Th.D., D. Min., AMS Vice-Chancellor of Evangelization. “Young adults comprise the majority of the population of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA,” he said. “Donations help to sustain evangelization efforts that focus on outreach, small groups, and service. Enabling communities of faith to embrace the need to welcome and invite peers help young adults to engage in the sacramental life of the Church when they are far from home. These opportunities encourage young adults to be agents of faith. Their input, through efforts such as Evangelical Catholic’s Reach More Initiative, enliven the faithful serving around the world. Additionally, the AMS Young Adult Ministry Symposium planned for August 2021 will be an opportune time for young adults in the military to share their insights with Archbishop Timothy Broglio and inspire other military communities to grow in faith too.”
It’s not too late to give in support of that ministry to military young adults. The Day of Giving campaign will continue for the next week through Tuesday, July 28. To give, visit givingday.milarch.org. No contribution is too large or too small, Mr. Perez said.