New Judicial Vicar Appointed for Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

WASHINGTON, DC — The Reverend Mark Rutherford, J.C.L., of Williamston, MI, has been appointed Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., announced the appointment today. As Judicial Vicar, Father Rutherford will be responsible for overseeing the work of the archdiocesan Tribunal, which handles matters of canon law including cases concerning the nullity of marriage. He succeeds Father Christopher Armstrong, J.C.D., S.T.D., who is returning to his home Archdiocese of Cincinnati after nearly six years as AMS Judicial Vicar. Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Diaconal Ordination of Prospective New Army Chaplain

NEW ORLEANS – The Reverend Mr. Andrew Sanchez, DDS, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 16, in New Orleans, LA. 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). Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio to Livestream 9:00 a.m. (EDT) Sunday Mass for Duration of COVID-19 Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Beginning this Sunday, May 10, 2020, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will livestream a weekly 9:00 a.m. (EDT) Sunday Mass from the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in Washington, D.C., home base for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).  Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio to Join Brother Bishops in Re-Consecration of U.S. and Canada to Blessed Mother

WASHINGTON, D.C. — His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., will virtually join his brother Catholic bishops throughout the United States and Canada on May 1, 2020, in renewing the consecration of the two nations to the care of the Blessed Mother in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 3:00 p.m. (EDT) re-consecration will be led in Los Angeles by Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, with U.S. and Canadian bishops joining in their respective dioceses. Archbishop Broglio will take part in the prayer of consecration from the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in Washington, D.C., home base for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The AMS will live stream Archbishop Broglio’s participation on its Facebook page beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The faithful are invited to take part online.  
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Two Catholic U.S. Military Chaplain Candidates Ordained Transitional Deacons in Ohio

CINCINNATI, OH – Two prospective Catholic U.S. Military chaplains were ordained transitional deacons on Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Cincinnati, OH. The Reverend Mr. Michael Kapolka, 2d Lt, USAFR, and the Rev. Mr. Edward Hoffmann, (1LT) IRR, (both highlighted in photo) hope eventually to serve as priests on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Diaconal Ordination of Prospective New Air Force Chaplain

NEWBURGH, IN – The Reverend Mr. Garrett Braun, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, April 4, in Newburgh, IN. 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

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Consecrates and Blesses Sacramental Oils at Annual Chrism Mass

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Sacred oils for sacramental and ecclesiastical use over the coming year on U.S. military sites the world over and in the nation’s VA Medical Centers were blessed and consecrated Tuesday at the annual Chrism Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Chrism Mass, ordinarily celebrated at 6:00 p.m. before a large congregation in the crypt of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, was instead moved this year across Michigan Avenue to the smaller confines of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in response to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s stay-at-home order and ban on gatherings of ten or more people because of the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center Closed Until Further Notice Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As of today, the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center is closed to the public until further notice due to concern about spread of the novel coronavirus. The Pastoral Center on Michigan Avenue in northeast Washington is headquarters for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). It is normally open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio ordered the temporary shutdown in response to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s May 24 order temporarily ceasing onsite non-essential business activities in the District of Columbia and prohibiting gatherings of ten or more people. Mayor Bowser’s order is effective from last night at 10:00 p.m. through April 24, 2020, unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. AMS staffers who are able will telework from home and be accessible by email or telephone. Any updates on the status of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center will be posted on the AMS website, www.milarch.org. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained Transitional Deacon in Fort Worth, Texas

FORTH WORTH, TX — The Rev. Mr. Jason Allan was among a half-dozen candidates for the Catholic priesthood ordained transitional deacons on Thursday, March 19, in a solemn Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth. A seminarian at the Theological College, the national seminary of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, Deacon Allan is on track to become a U.S. Navy chaplain with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The new deacon, 26, hopes to be ordained a priest on May 15, 2021, and go on active duty after three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Fort Worth. Continue reading

Pope Francis Calls on Christians to Join Lord’s Prayer Wednesday over Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Francis is calling on Christians everywhere to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic by joining him in praying the Lord’s Prayer at 7:00 a.m. ET (noon in Rome) on Wednesday, March 25. That day marks the Feast of the Annunciation, when the faithful celebrate the angel Gabriel’s visitation to the Virgin Mary, announcing the Incarnation of the Word. The Holy Father offered the invitation on Sunday at the traditional recitation of the Angelus on St. Peter’s Square. Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Issues Update on Coronavirus

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA (AMS), issued the following statement today on the impact of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic on the practice of Catholic Faith at U.S. Military installations and the nation’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers: Continue reading