Lenten Appeal

During the Lenten season, we prepare to reestablish the Lord as the center of our lives, through fasting, increased prayer, and special acts of charity; I thank you for allowing the AMS to be with and bring the sacraments to service members, Veterans, and their families. Lent serves as a reminder that what is at … Continue reading

A Look Back at Past Marriage Retreats

Through the generosity of donors, the AMS has been able to host various marriage enrichment retreats held throughout the year on the East and West Coast of the United States and in Europe. Making use of the inventory tool, REFOCCUS (Relationship Enrichment Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding, and Study) in group and individual sessions, the … Continue reading

POW/MIA Appeal

Each September the United States honors Prisoners of War and Missing in Action service members, their families, and the Gold Star Families who lost their children in the service of our nation. Remembrance of those who have not returned home or those who lost their lives brings into sharp focus the importance of the Holy … 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

Faith on the Front Lines

Drive-In Mass, YouTube, and Facebook are three new ways that the United States military chaplains are keeping in touch with their Catholic communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Internationally and domestically, Catholics, both military and civilian, have temporarily stopped in-person services. For military chaplains, this change has allowed for some imaginative ways to celebrate Mass and … Continue reading

Memorial Day Appeal

Thank you for your kind support of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), and those entrusted to her care. During the month of May, the National Military Appreciation Month, I ask you remember in prayer the men, women, and children entrusted to my pastoral care. Since 2006, over 4,000 active-duty personnel and mobilized … Continue reading

A Constant Presence in a Life of Change

The work of chaplains is not confined to the chapel. They go wherever their people are—in a tent in the desert, on the deck of an aircraft carrier, in the barracks on base, in a combat zone, in the halls of the military or VA hospitals. Similarly, Archbishop Broglio and his four auxiliaries each average … Continue reading

Four Hours with a 234 Year Old Heart

by LTC Paul N. Belmont, III, USA In 1786 Jean Vianney was born in a small village of France where he and his family suffered through the very dark years of the French revolution. The Catholic Faith was widely attacked, churches were destroyed, and bishops, priests and religious were martyred. Being a Catholic was, at … Continue reading