U.S. Army chaplain colonel leaves position as he prepares for Permanent Change of Station in the military
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As of today, Father Eric Albertson, CH COL USA, has concluded service as Dean for Korea of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Father Albertson leaves the position after nearly two years of service to prepare for a new assignment, or “Permanent Change of Station” (PCS), in the U.S. Army.
As Dean for Korea, Father Albertson held responsibility for working under the supervision of the AMS Vicar for Europe and Asia and to grant dispensations in his absence. In that regard he would respond to the immediate pastoral and canonical needs of Catholics living and working on the Korean peninsula under the jurisdiction of the AMS. Primarily, Father Albertson served as a point of contact for Catholic U.S. military chaplains stationed in South Korea, fostering a spirit of collaboration in their mission to spread the Gospel, administer the sacraments, and “serve those who serve.”
The position of Dean for Korea was created in July 2013 by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, to provide in-country support for the global archdiocese’s ministry in Asia. Archbishop Broglio created a similar position for Europe in 2012. Father Albertson was the first Dean appointed in Korea.
In a message to Father Albertson, Archbishop Broglio expressed gratitude for his service as he prepares for his next military assignment. A replacement may be named later.