Catholic Catechists in U.S. Military Gather on West Coast for Los Angeles Religious Education Conference

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—A 35-member group of Catholics affiliated with the United States Military and the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), USA, is among thousands of Catholic catechetical lay leaders, instructors, and others gathered in Anaheim, CA, this weekend for the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The March 22-24 Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center under the theme, “Thirsting for Justice.” Continue reading

Rite of Election Celebrated for Seven Adults Affiliated with U.S. Military

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Seven men and women affiliated with the United States Military, all based in the greater Washington area, celebrated the Rite of Election on Sunday, March 10, 2019, in the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, presided at the 3:00 p.m. service.  Continue reading

Catholic Catechists in U.S. Military to Gather for Mid-Atlantic Congress

BALTIMORE—Sixty-six Catholic catechetical leaders based on United States Military installations throughout the eastern U.S. will gather in Baltimore, Md., this weekend for three days of training, fellowship, discussion, and prayer at the eighth annual Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC). The Congress is co-sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers, which represents more than 60 Catholic publishers of books, music, videos, and other liturgical resources, and the Department of Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The conference gives diocesan and parish staffs and volunteers an opportunity to explore current challenges in the areas of management, finances, human resources, and planning. MAC 2019 will take place at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, 401 West Pratt Street. More than 1,300 are expected to participate in this year’s Congress, the theme of which is “Prophetic Discipleship.” Continue reading

World Youth Day Draws U.S. Military Catholics to Panamá

WASHINGTON, DC— Among the hundreds of thousands of young people from 155 countries who took part in World Youth Day Jan. 22-27 in Panamá, a half-dozen U.S. Military members participated with the support of their chapel communities and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS). Auxiliary Bishop Neal J. Buckon led the military young adult group, comprising servicemen and women from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, CA, and the Marine Corps Bases at Camp Lejeune, NC, and Camp Kinser on Okinawa, Japan. Continue reading

Military Catholics March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio (left in photo) today led some 40 members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), in the annual March for Life on the National Mall. The delegation included a group of Catholic cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, active-duty service personnel, Catholic military chaplains, and AMS staffers. The peaceful, pro-life demonstration was joined by tens of thousands on the one-mile route from the Washington Monument to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Roe v. Wadedecision, legalizing abortion, was handed down 46 years ago. The theme of March for Life 2019 was “Unique from Day One.” Continue reading

Catholic Faith Offers Stability for Young Adults in the U.S. Military, SEEK 2019 Delegates Learn at AMS Lunch Panel

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA—Where to find stability in a life on the move? That’s a pressing question for almost anyone serving in the U.S. Military, where a “Permanent Change of Station” (PCS) comes as frequently as every two or three years. In Indianapolis on Friday, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), sponsored a lunch panel on how the Catholic faith can serve as a bedrock for wandering warriors. Continue reading

Catholic Military Couples Gather in Southern California for Marriage Enrichment Retreat

ALHAMBRA, CA – Thirteen Catholic U.S. Military couples based in the western United States are gathering here today for a Dec. 7-9 Marriage Enrichment Retreat. The retreat, sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), will take place in the tranquil setting of the Sacred Heart Retreat House on Alhambra Road near Los Angeles. Continue reading

Active-Duty Couples Invited to Apply for Catholic Marriage Enrichment Retreat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholic couples with one at least one spouse on active duty in the U.S. Military and married for at least two years are eligible to take part in a Catholic Marriage Enrichment Retreat Dec. 7-9 at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, CA. The registration fee is $50 per couple. That includes a private room and meals. To register, visit https://www.milarch.org/ams-marriage-enrichment-retreat/. Continue reading

Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services Set for THIS SUNDAY October 7

EMMITSBURG, MD — All are welcome to the annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services at the Seton Shrine on Sunday, October 7, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the Patroness of the Sea Services, which includes the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Public Health Service. The late Cardinal John J. Connor, when serving as the Navy  Chief of Chaplains, advocated for her designation as the Patroness of the Sea Services in 1977. The 3:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated by Father Francis P. Foley, CAPT, CHC, USN, and Command Chaplain of the Unites States Naval Academy. The Mass is co-sponsored by the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Continue reading

AMS Delegation to V Encuentro Shows Readiness to Take Catholic Leadership Roles in Military

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS – Catholic Hispanic/Latinos in the U.S. Military are “ready to lead, not just be followers” in the Church’s mission to serve those who serve, “but they need formation, mentorship, and accompaniment” by the hierarchy. That is according to Mr. José  Amaya, Faith Formation Director of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS). Mr. Amaya shared those reflections after attending the national V Encuentro conference this past weekend in Grapevine, Texas, as part of an AMS delegation gathered from U.S. Military installations nationwide and overseas.  Continue reading

Catholic Military Families in Europe to Attend Catholic Family Retreat in Germany

WASHINGTON, DC – Nineteen Catholic U.S. Military families based in Europe will participate in an Aug. 17-19 Catholic Family Retreat sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), at the Schoenstatt Retreat Center in Vallendar, Germany. The weekend retreat is timed in anticipation of the Aug. 21-26 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, … Continue reading

AMS Director of Faith Formation First-Ever Recipient of Newly-Created Wineskins Award from National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

CHICAGO – On Friday, June 1, Mr. José Amaya, Director of Faith Formation for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) was honored to receive the newly-created Wineskins Award from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL). Mr. Amaya is the first-ever recipient of the Wineskins Award in the category of “Diocesan/Multi-Diocesan.” The NCCL established the award recently to: (1) highlight and celebrate extraordinary achievement occurring in a diocese (or diocesan clusters) in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis; (2) share successful initiatives that may benefit other dioceses; (3) encourage continued creative innovation in parish catechetical and evangelization efforts; and (4) reflect the spirit of the “new evangelization” promulgated by Saint Pope John Paul II and the General/National Directories for Catechesis. Continue reading

Catholic Chaplain at Fort Bragg Nominated for Lumen Christi Award

WASHINGTON, DC – Father Lukasz Willenberg, CH (CAPT), USA, a U.S. Army chaplain currently serving at Fort Bragg, NC, has been nominated for a 2018-19 Lumen Christi Award from Catholic Extension. Now in its 41st year, the Lumen Christi (Latin for “Light of Christ”) annually honors an individual or group working in one of America’s mission dioceses who demonstrates how the power of faith can transform lives and communities. Continue reading

Catholic Catechists in U.S. Military to Gather in Baltimore for Mid-Atlantic Congress

BALTIMORE—Sixty-five religious educators and members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) will be among Catholic lay leaders gathering in Baltimore, Md., this weekend for three days of training, discussion, and prayer at the seventh Annual Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC). The Congress, co-sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers and the Department of Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, gives diocesan and parish staffs and volunteers an opportunity to explore current challenges facing Catholic leaders in the areas of management, finances, human resources, and planning. MAC 2018 will take place at the Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt St. More than 1500 are expected to participate in this year’s Congress, which has as its theme “Hope.” Continue reading

Military Catholics March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio today led dozens of members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) in the 45th annual March for Life along the National Mall. The delegation included 34 Catholic cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Continue reading