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.”
The AMS group includes Catholics based at eleven United States Military installations: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), AZ; Edwards AFB, CA; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA; Joint Base (JB) Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI; Los Angeles AFB, CA; Patrick AFB, FL; the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, CA; Naval Base Ventura County Point Magu/Port Hueneme, CA; Hill AFB, Utah; Naval Base San Diego, CA; and Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will host a Friday Leadership Appreciation Gathering for the AMS delegates on the campus of Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange County, CA. The schedule includes a tour of the Cathedral, a keynote talk by Archbishop Broglio on the topic of “Prophetic Disciples – Home, Catholic Community, and World,” a Mass celebrated by His Excellency, lunch, and a final blessing before the group’s return to the Anaheim Convention Center for the remainder of the general conference. There, the AMS delegates will focus on ways to develop catechetical leadership in faith formation programs for military families.
The Coordinator of Religious Education in attendance from each installation will receive a gift of one online course (through the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation or Catholic Distance University) towards AMS Catechist Certificationor towards a Certificate in the Catechesis Program.
Mr. Jose Amaya, AMS Director of Faith Formation, who is attending the Congress, said:
“The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, like the Mid-Atlantic Congress, is a wonderful opportunity for military catechetical leaders and catechists to nourish their faith journey with Jesus Christ and to strengthen their skills to teach the faith to all. Participants will find the liturgies, general assemblies, and the workshops to be inspiring and vibrant moments to ignite the flame of faith to go out to make disciples for Jesus Christ. The Congress is also an opportunity to meet and interact with other colleagues and to find good resources for ministry.”
Last month, military Catholics also participated in the annual Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC) in Baltimore, a similar gathering staged for dioceses and religious communities mainly on the East Coast. The military delegation to MAC comprised Sixty-six catechetical leaders, instructors, and their supporters from a half-dozen U.S. Military installations and AMS headquarters itself, the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in Washington, D.C.