SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – More than 50 Catholic priests in service to the Military will gather in San Diego next week for the first of four biennial convocations to be held across the nation and in Rome over the next two months under the direction of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services.
The Aug. 22-25 gathering at the Courtyard by Marriott at Liberty Station in the seaside community of Point Loma will be a period of prayer and reflection,dialogue, face-to-face meetings with Archbishop Broglio, and informative presentations from guest speakers and clergy of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The priests will draw on their convocation experience, learning, and inspiration to hone their vocational and pastoral attention as they embark on another two years of priestly service to the men, women, and families in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The theme of the convocation is “Current Moral Questions.” The main presenter will be the Reverend Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Director of Education and Ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, participants will be treated to a session on Building Effective Music Ministries through Coaching and Collaboration, updates in Canon Law, a renewal of child-protection training, and news from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).
Archbishop Broglio said:
“These meetings are extremely important for the priests and me. The timely topics treated in an ever-changing world, the moments of prayer together, and the fraternal interchange and give and take offer a valuable update for all of the participants. The sacrifice of time and treasure is more than repaid by the prayer, growth, and exchange. I am praying for another successful series of convocations.
The gathering in San Diego is the first of four AMS priest convocations scheduled through late October across the U.S. and in Rome for the more than 200 Catholic priests currently serving the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Each priest is required to participate in one of the convocations at the time and place of his own choosing. By offering the convocation in four separate locations, the archdiocese gives each priest a range of options to minimize the expense and distance of travel, no matter the location of his place of ministry.
Priests who do not attend the San Diego convocation will be able to attend one of those scheduled for Sept. 5-8 in Washington, D.C.; Sept. 19-22 in San Antonio, Texas; or Oct. 24-27 in Rome.
Archbishop Broglio will attend and direct each convocation.