Will serve as point of reference for Catholic U.S. military personnel, families and chaplains based on Korean Peninsula
WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, today announced the appointment of Father Eric Albertson, CH COL USA, to the position of Dean for South Korea. As Dean, Father Albertson will respond to pastoral and canonical needs of Catholics who live and work on the Korean peninsula under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS).
Primarily, Father Albertson will serve as a point of reference for Catholic military chaplains in South Korea, fostering a spirit of collaboration in their mission of spreading the Gospel, administering the sacraments and “serving those who serve.” Father Albertson is currently assigned as Command Chaplain, United States Forces, Seoul, South Korea, having graduated last month from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
The archbishop’s appointment answers a request from Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer, AMS Episcopal Vicar for Europe and Asia, for an agent of ecclesial communion on the ground in South Korea. Bishop Spencer’s responsibilities require that he travel in Europe and Asia from his home base in Wiesbaden, Germany for much of the year. Father Albertson’s fixed location in Seoul will offer a more stable source of referral and information for priests and faithful based in country. Last year, Archbishop Broglio filled a similar need in Europe with the appointment of Father Redmond Raux, Ch Lt Col USAF, as Dean for Europe.
The AMS was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers.
AMS-endorsed priests serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed chaplains also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S.
The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, butcurrently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population.
Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs.
For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit www.milarch.org, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.