Eagle Scout Benjamin Rawald of Laughlin Air Force Base Catholic Community Earns $5,000 College Scholarship

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) has awarded Eagle Scout Benjamin Rawald of Del Rio, TX, a first-place $5,000 college scholarship through the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship Fund. Mr. Rawald, 18, is a member of the Catholic Community at Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB), which lies within the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). He is a member of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 280 and Crew 280 sponsored by Elks Lodge #837. Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Priestly Ordination of Prospective New Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain in Florida

ORLANDO, FL – Father Adam D. Marchese, (2LT) USAR, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, July 25, in his home Diocese of Orlando, FL. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Watch video of the ordination here. Continue reading

Archdiocese Receives Happy Birthday Gifts in Annual “Day of Giving” for Young Adult Ministry

The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), celebrated its 34th birthday, and it received a big present from generous benefactors: more than $47,000 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 military vicariate officially became an independent Archdiocese based in the nation’s capital, formally separating from the Archdiocese of New York, where it had been administered for decades prior. Continue reading

Catholic Chaplain in Illinois National Guard Praised for COVID-19 Service

ROCHELLE, IL — A Catholic chaplain serving in the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) has received high praise for his role in the fight against COVID-19. Father Ryan L. McDaniel (Ch, Capt), ILNG (pictured), and his Religious Affairs Specialist, Specialist (SPC) Brian Neice, were recently commended for their service to troops supporting multi-agency operations at a 330-thousand-square-foot warehouse in Rochelle, where the state is storing emergency supplies related to the COVID-19 response and other Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) related resources. Continue reading

New Judicial Vicar Begins Ministry at the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Father Mark Rutherford, J.C.L. (left in photo) made a profession of faith and took the oath of fidelity in compliance with canon 833, 5° of the Code of Canon Law before assuming the office of Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Father Rutherford begins his new ministry tomorrow, overseeing the work of the archdiocesan tribunal, which processes cases concerning nullity and dissolution of marriage. Continue reading

SALUTE Magazine Takes Top Honor in 2020 International Catholic Press Awards

WASHINGTON, DC – SALUTE, the hard-copy news magazine published quarterly by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA(AMS), has been honored with a first-place certificate in the 2020 Catholic Press Awards, sponsored by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The judge’s panel, which consists of media and academic professionals, deemed the Summer 2019 edition’s color cover (pictured) the year’s best for a small-size magazine, earning SALUTEthe top honor in the “Best Cover for Color” category. The award citation recognizes SALUTE Editor Jo Ann Redmond for her outstanding work. Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Priestly Ordination of Prospective New Army Chaplain

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS –Father Miguel Flores-Perez, (1LT) USAR, a prospective United States Army chaplain, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 27, in Round Rock, TX. Father Flores-Perez, 42, plans eventually to serve on active duty as a chaplain in the U.S. Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) after an initial three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Austin. Continue reading

Prospective New Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Madison, Wisconsin

MADISON, WI – Father Timothy G. Mergen, 2d Lt, USAFR, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Friday, June 26, in his home Diocese of Madison, WI. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Air Force with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center to Reopen on Monday, June 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C., issued an order authorizing—effective Monday, June 22, 2020—Phase Two for reopening the District of Columbia from the March 25 coronavirus shutdown. Based on the Mayor’s Order for Phase Two and the recommendations for successive phases by the ReOpen DC Advisory Group, Archbishop Timothy Broglio has approved a framework for reopening the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center, home base of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Priest in Massachusetts on Saturday

FALL RIVER, MA – Father Steven Booth, a prospective U.S. Navy chaplain, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 13, in Fall River, MA. Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha ordained the new priest at Saint Mary’s Cathedralthrough the laying of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, concelebrated the 11:00 a.m. ordination Mass. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Priest in Louisiana

HOUMA, LA – Father Daniel Duplantis, 2d Lt, USAFR, a candidate for United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 6, in Houma, LA. He hopes eventually to serve on active duty as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Air Force with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Issues Statement on Pope’s Recognition of Miracle Attributed to Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney

WASHINGTON, DC – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, today issued the following statement on the recognition by Pope Francis of a miracle performed by Knights of Columbus (K of C) founder Father Michael J. McGivney (1852-1890), clearing the way for the priest’s beatification: Continue reading

Three Catholic U.S. Military Chaplain Candidates Ordained Saturday

WASHINGTON, DC – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) is celebrating the weekend ordinations of three prospective Catholic United States Military chaplains. On Saturday, May 30, Fathers Joseph Baltz and James Dvorak were ordained priests, and the Reverend Mr. Callan Sweeney was ordained a transitional deacon in preparation for priestly ordination next year. All three plan to serve on active duty with AMS endorsement and faculties following three years of pastoral service in their home dioceses: Father Baltz and the Rev. Mr. Sweeney in the Army; Father Dvorak in the Navy. Continue reading