Catholic Catechists in U.S. Military to Gather in Baltimore for Mid-Atlantic Congress Archbishop Broglio to host appreciation dinner on Friday evening

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.”

The AMS group, consisting of catechists and others from United States military installations throughout the United States, will focus on ways to develop catechetical leadership in faith formation programs for military families. On Friday, February 16, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio will host an appreciation dinner for military participants. The dinner will take place at Luna Del Sea Steak and Seafood Bistro, 300 West Pratt Street, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST). Archbishop Broglio will address attendees on the topic, “The Hope of Young People Leads Us to Christ.”

The Thursday-to-Saturday schedule is otherwise filled with showcases, breakout sessions, speeches and exhibits as well as the sacrament of reconciliation and the Eucharist. Throughout the three-day Congress, AMS Exhibit Booth #500 will feature a display on Vietnam War hero and U.S. Navy Chaplain Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., Servant of God.

Mr. José Amaya, AMS Director of Faith Formation, said: “The Mid-Atlantic Congress offers AMS leaders a unique opportunity to grow in faith and to connect with their Chief Shepherd, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio. The military participants representing nine different installations will experience three days of learning, prayer and networking with leaders from across the country gaining knowledge, skills and browsing through resources to share the ‘hope’ of the promises of Christ with the families in their respective Catholic faith communities. These leaders are the missionary disciples heeding the call of Jesus Christ to go proclaim him with joy in words and actions.”

The AMS group comprises representatives of the Archdiocese and lay leaders from the following military installations: Aberdeen Proving GroundRedstone ArsenalWhiteman Air Force Base (AFB), Dover AFBFort MeadeJoint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility (NAF) Washington, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Langley AFB, and Marine Corps Base Quantico. Special guests will include Father Joseph Hoang from Joint Base Andrews-NAF, and Capt. and Mrs. Donald B. Campbell of the Father Capodanno Guild.

AMS presentations include the following:

Incline the Ear of Your Heart –Putting on Christ through Biblical Hospitality 
Presenters: Michelle Nash and Elizabeth Tomlin
Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW)
Location: Paca Room, Third Floor, Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt St.
Date: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

How to Become a Saint in Five Easy Steps 
Presenter: Mr. Bob Perron, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Diocese of Wheeling-Charlston, W.Va. 
Location: Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt St.
Date: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (EST)

AMS Leadership Appreciation Dinner
Host and Speaker: Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.
Location: Luna Del Sea Steak and Seafood Bistro, 300 West Pratt Street
Date: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (EST)

Exhibit on Father Vincent R. Capodanno
Exhibit Booth #500
Exhibitors: Capt. Donald and Mrs. Anne Marie Campbell of the Father Capodanno Guild
Location: Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt St.
Date: Feb. 15-17, 2018

In Los Angeles next month, a similar congress will be held for dioceses mainly in the western United States. The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will take place March 15-18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Although the AMS will not sponsor presentations or hold a Leadership Appreciation Dinner on the West Coast, the Archdiocese encourages Catholic catechists serving U.S. Military populations in the western part of the country to attend. For more information, go here.