Catholic Chaplains in the Military and Veterans Affairs

The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) is entrusted with the pastoral care of 1.8 million Catholics in the United States and around the world. This number includes men and women serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Space Force, and Coast Guard and their families; patients in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers; and employees and families of the U.S. Federal Government outside the borders of the United States. To ensure these Catholics have the pastoral care to which they are entitled by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA is the sole endorsing agent recognized under U.S. law and the Department of Defense to endorse Catholic priests to minister in the U.S. Armed Forces and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Learn more about becoming a priest or serving as a Catholic chaplain or civilian priest in the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs.