Support Free Exercise of Catholic Faith in U.S. Military on Day of Giving, July 21-22

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All who support the free exercise of Catholic faith in the U.S. Military have a unique opportunity this weekend to do their part. The occasion is Sunday, July 21, the 34th birthday of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA(AMS), which Pope Saint John Paul II erected in 1985 to provide pastoral care to Catholics in the U.S. Armed Forces. To celebrate the occasion, the AMS is sponsoring its first-ever “Day of Giving.” On the Day of Giving, the public may wish the AMS a “Happy Birthday” with a present in the form of a donation, large or small, at www.milarch.org/dayofgiving. Continue reading

Prospective U.S. Army Chaplain Ordained in Wisconsin

GREEN BAY, WI  – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is celebrating the priestly ordination of a prospective new Catholic U.S. Army chaplain. Father Matthew Faucett, (2LT), USAR, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 22, in Green Bay, WI. Father Faucett (center in photo with Archbishop Broglio and Bishop Ricken)  hopes to go on active duty with AMS endorsement and faculties once he completes three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Green Bay. Continue reading

Ten Catholic Priests Gather to Discern Possible “Vocation Within a Vocation” as U.S. Military Chaplains

WASHINGTON, DC – Ten Catholic priests from religious communities and U.S. dioceses throughout the United States are gathered in Washington, DC, this week for a five-day retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called to serve as U.S. Military chaplains. The retreat, called “For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve,” is meant to inspire participating priests as they discern this “vocation within a vocation.” Continue reading

Eagle Scout Joseph Lepak of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Earns $2,000 Scholarship

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has awarded 18-year old Eagle Scout and high school graduate Joseph Lepak of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall a $2,000 college scholarship through the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship Fund. Mr. Lepak is one of seven recipients to receive a Doerr scholarship this year, and he is the first member of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), to be so honored. The AMS Office of Evangelization encourages scouting as an effective way to promote a comprehensive approach to Catholic Youth Ministry. The development of leadership skills along with opportunities to grow in faith, through religious emblems and activities, makes scouting a dynamic opportunity for military-connected youth. Mr. Lepak was nominated for the scholarship by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services. Continue reading

Two Prominent Military Catholics Receive Medal of the Archdiocese

WASHINGTON, DC – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, has awarded the Medal of the Archdiocese, its highest honor, to two prominent military Catholics. Father Paul K. Hurley, CH (GEN), USA (Retired), received the medal in a May 30 ceremony at Fort Myer celebrating his retirement as U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, a post he has held for the past four years. At the U.S Army Garrison Hawaii, meanwhile, the garrison’s Catholic Pastoral Life Coordinator, Mrs. Tracey Harger (pictured), received the medal on June 11. Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Priestly Ordination of Prospective U.S. Air Force Chaplain in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IND – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is celebrating the priestly ordination of a prospective new Catholic U.S. Air Force chaplain. Father Vincent (Vinny) Gillmore, 2d Lt, USAFR, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 1, in Indianapolis, IN. Father Gillmore, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, hopes to go on active duty with AMS endorsement and faculties once he completes three years of pastoral service in his home Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Arlington, VA

ARLINGTON, VA – Father Sean Koehr, a U.S. Navy chaplain candidate, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 8, in Arlington, VA. Father Koehr, 29, completed his priestly formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA, where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Navy with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) after three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Arlington. Continue reading

U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in New Mexico

RIO RANCHO, NM – The Reverend Mr. Joseph Baltz, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional Deacon on Thursday, June 6, in his home Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Deacon Baltz’s diaconal ordination was celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Rio Rancho, NM, through the laying of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit by Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe. AMS Auxiliary Bishop Joseph L. Coffey, CHC, CAPT (Sel), USN, concelebrated the ordination Mass. Continue reading

Two Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Candidates Ordained Transitional Deacons in California

SALINAS, CA – Two prospective Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplains were ordained transitional deacons on Friday, May 31, 2019, in Salinas, CA. The Reverend Mr. Tyler Harris (right center in photo), 2d Lt, USAFR, and the Rev. Mr. Adam Woodward, 2d Lt, USAFR, both hope eventually to serve as priests on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA(AMS). Continue reading

Military Young Adult Retreat Draws 30 to Alhambra, California

ALHAMBRA, CA. – How to discern God’s voice in everyday life? That was the question explored by thirty United States Military members and spouses in a three-day Military Young Adult Retreat held over the weekend in Alhambra, CA. The participants, who came from all five branches of the armed forces, gathered at the Retreat House of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles for the three-day retreat, which was sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Serving as Retreat Master was Father Brian Klingele (pictured), Ch, Capt, USAF, of Creech Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, was represented by AMS Auxiliary Bishop Joseph L. Coffey, Episcopal Vicar for Veterans Affairs.
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Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Deacon in Louisiana

THIBODAUX, LA – The Reverend Mr. Daniel Duplantis, 2d Lt, USAFR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional Deacon on Saturday, May 25, in Thibodaux, LA. He hopes eventually to serve 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

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

VICTORIA, TEXAS – The Reverend Mr. James Dvorak, LTJG, USNR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 25, in Victoria, Texas. Deacon Dvorak is on track to be ordained a priest next year, and he hopes eventually to go on active duty as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Navy with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).
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Prospective New Air Force Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Father Christopher Yakkel, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a priest on Saturday, May 25, in Columbus, Ohio. 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

Archdiocese Celebrates Diaconal Ordination of Prospective New Army Chaplain

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS –The Reverend Mr. Miguel Flores-Perez, a candidate for Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 18, in Round Rock, TX. Deacon Flores-Perez, 41, is in priestly formation at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. 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) after three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Austin. Continue reading