e-TTENTION – November 2022

e-TTENTION – November 2022

Archbishop Broglio Meets with Pope Francis Following Election as President of USCCB

On Nov. 15, U.S. Catholic bishops, holding their annual Fall Plenary Assembly in Baltimore, elected His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore was elected USCCB vice president.

Archbishops Broglio and Lori, both elected to three-year terms, succeed Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, who concluded their terms as Conference president and vice president, respectively, at the close of the Assembly on Nov. 17.

At a news conference following his election with 138 of 237 votes, Archbishop Broglio said he would carry forth the vision of his predecessor as the faithful move through the 2021-24 synodal process, focused on listening to the Holy Spirit and each other in an ongoing dialogue about the role of the Church going forward. “Basically I intend to continue the good work that Archbishop Gomez began,” Archbishop Broglio said. “I think by giving us a good example of listening but also an example of leading and I think I will just continue in that same vein.”

Widely portrayed in the media as one of the more conservative American bishops, His Excellency was asked if his election somehow reflected different priorities from those of Pope Francis. “As far as I know,” he said, “I am certainly in communion with Pope Francis as part of the Universal Church. We’re brother bishops. We certainly know each other. I am not aware this necessarily indicates some dissonance with Pope Francis.”

Clearly, no dissonance was evident on Nov. 28, when Pope Francis received Archbishop Broglio at the Vatican in their first face-to-face meeting since the election (pictured). Archbishop Broglio was among bishops from around the world gathered in Rome to discuss the third of four stages in the synodal process, wherein Catholic churches everywhere will engage in listening and discerning at the continental level, looking beyond barriers of nationality, culture, and language in search of a common vision. The Bishop of Rome wished Archbishop Broglio success in his endeavors and recognized that the task is difficult.

While he said he does not view his new office as primarily political, Archbishop Broglio vowed not to shun political engagement: “Certainly I look forward to any occasion I have to dialogue with political leaders in the United States. I do not see my role as primarily political but if there is any way to insert the Gospel into all aspects of life in our country I certainly will not miss any occasion to do that.”

Asked if he would meet with President Biden on issues of concern to Catholics, Archbishop Broglio said, “If he wants to meet with me I will be happy to meet with him.”

Archbishop Broglio Celebrates Veterans Day Mass at St. Dominic Church in Washington, DC

On Nov. 11, Archbishop Broglio celebrated a 7:00 p.m. Veterans Day Mass at St. Dominic Church in downtown Washington, DC. In his homily, His Excellency cited the faithful service and sacrifice of veterans as a guide for how to live a Christian life with the ultimate goal of eternal salvation.

“The theme of the last times recurs frequently in the liturgy of these final weeks of the liturgical year and it is always an occasion to reflect on the direction of our lives. On this Memorial of St. Martin of Tours, an early saint, we are invited to recognize with Isaiah both call and response, to highlight the importance of the authenticity of our lives, and the ability to see Christ in others. I submit that the Veterans we honor today give us a good example to follow….

“Pope Francis challenges us to be evangelized by the poor.   Our service to them is actually an opportunity for that evangelization to take place. They offer us an opportunity to meet Christ and to respond to Him.  Consequently, that contact is an opportunity to delve more deeply into our relationship with the Lord and participate in His conquest.  We honor Veterans, because they are able to set their sights on a goal beyond themselves and their needs. They serve our Country and many make the ultimate sacrifice or suffer consequences of their service for decades.

“As we honor them, they can teach us.  Let us look beyond our immediate needs and concerns.  Let us ask ourselves what the Lord of glory will have to say at the end of our pilgrimage.”

Archdiocese Enjoys Record Attendance at Annual Benefit – Approximately 350 Participate

On Nov. 19, the AMS held its 14th Annual Benefit at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC. This year’s event drew the largest registration and attendance ever, surpassing last year’s guest list by more than 100 attendees. Thanks to the generosity of those who provided sponsorships, purchased tickets, and provided donations, total gross funds received to date reflect a 22% increase over last year.

Approximately 350 attended the benefit, which began with a 5:00 p.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Broglio, followed by a reception and sit-down dinner. Among the attendees were active-duty and retired members of the U.S. Military, benefactors and friends of the AMS, midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy, and AMS co-sponsored seminarians and  priests.

When the Benefit sold out two weeks ahead of the registration deadline, the AMS Advancement Team and Shrine staff managed to find enough space for the larger crowd by holding the reception and dinner in separate areas, a departure from past benefits when the two were held in the same general location, allowing for more people to be able to attend.

Watch Archbishop Broglio’s homily on video.

The 15th Annual Benefit for the AMS is set for Nov. 18, 2023.

National Vocations Awareness Week Finds 40 Prospective Catholic U.S. Military Chaplains in Priestly Formation

November 6-12 was National Vocation Awareness Week in the U.S. Catholic Church. The AMS Office of Vocations, under Vocations Director Father S. Matthew Gray, continues to manage a thriving program, with 40 prospective Catholic military chaplains now in priestly formation through the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program (CSP), a vocations partnership between the AMS and participating dioceses and religious communities around the country. That number reflects a steady increase over the past 15 years, up from only seven men in 2008.

The CSP enrollment rebound is a great sign of encouragement to the AMS, which is working diligently to overcome a growing shortage of Catholic priests serving as U.S. Military chaplains. The shortage is due to attrition: aging chaplains are reaching the military’s mandatory retirement age faster than they can be replaced. Over the past two decades, the roster of Catholic priests on active duty has shrunk from more than 400 to fewer than 185. Currently, 25% of the U.S. military is Catholic, but Catholic priests make up only about 7% of the chaplain corps.


Maj. Gen. John L. Scott, USA (Ret.) on How Catholic Army Chaplains Led His Conversion to Catholicism

35 years in the U.S. Army brought John L. Scott much more than career advancement to the point of retiring at the rank of Major General. In the Nov. 10 edition of Catholic Military Life, the only official podcast of the AMS, Gen. Scott shares how he discovered the Catholic faith, converted to Catholicism, and now serves as a Catholic deacon–thanks in large part to the influence of the Catholic Army chaplains with whom he served. Listen to podcast.

Ms. Kitty Eisenbeil Brings Wealth of Professional Counseling Experience to Archdiocesan Review Board

Meet Mrs. Kitty Eisenbeil, the newest appointed member to the Archdiocesan Review Board–a position to which she brings a wealth of professional experience counseling victims of sex abuse. In the Nov. 18 edition of Catholic Military Life, Mrs. Eisenbeil shares her insights on a problem Catholic bishops are committed to solve.Listen to podcast.


Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps – 247 Years Old and Still “Called to Serve”

On Nov. 28, the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps celebrated its 247th birthday. Currently, 41 Catholic priests are on active duty in the Navy while another 23 are in the Navy Reserve, serving Catholics in the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard. All serve with AMS faculties and endorsement.

In the Navy Chaplain Corps’ long and illustrious history, two Navy chaplains stand out, both having earned the Medal of Honor, the Nation’s top military decoration, for their acts of heroism and bravery. Both were Catholic priests: ​​​​​Father Vincent R. Capodanno, CHC, LT, USN, a Staten Island, New York, native, and Father Joseph T. O’Callahan, CHC, CAPT, USN, a native of Boston.

Father Capodanno died tending to wounded and dying Marines on a Vietnam battlefield. Father O’Callahan was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) in World War II when the Japanese bombed the ship and led men to cool weapons magazines, preventing more damage.

Mark the Calendar
AMS Virtual Catechist Advent Retreat 
Dec. 6, 2022
6:00 – 7:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
For details visit milarch.org/leadership-development/

Spring Discernment Retreat for Prospective Catholic U.S. Military Chaplains
Feb. 16-19, 2023
St. Patrick’s Seminary
Menlo Park, CA
For more information, contact vocations@milarch.org
Archbishop Broglio will participate

Los Angeles Religious Education Conference
Feb. 23-26, 2023
Anaheim, CA
AMS Delegration to gather Feb. 24 at Christ Cathedral

AMS Rite of Election
Feb. 26, 2023
Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center
Washington, DC
Archbishop Broglio will celebrate the Rite of Election of Catechumens

Catechist Lenten Retreat
March 9, 2023
6:00-7:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Chrism Mass
March 28, 2023
6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time
Crypt Church
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20017
Archbishop Broglio will bless and consecrate oils for sacramental use over the coming year
Catholic U.S. Military chaplains will renew their ministerial commitment

Warriors to Lourdes
May 9-15, 2023
Lourdes, France
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the AMS
Archbishop Broglio will accompany pilgrims
Applications due by Jan. 15, 2023
Apply at warriorstolourdes.com

29th Annual Memorial Mass
May 21, 2023
4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time
Upper Church
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20017
Archbishop Broglio will be the principal celebrant and homilist

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