WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), celebrated its 11th Annual Benefit on Saturday, November 23, at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. The celebration broke all records for both the number of registered guests–more than 300–and the amount raised in support of pastoral care for those who serve, over $419,000.
As in recent years past, the Annual Benefit opened with an anticipated Sunday Mass, which this year marked the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. In his homily, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, reflected on the Christian meaning of kingly power.
“Jesus Christ teaches us that power is service,” Archbishop Broglio said. “We might struggle to understand and recognize that truth because our world looks at power in a different fashion. We see sometimes the corruption of power. Often we do not see those who exercise power as desirous of serving others. We are too accustomed to witnessing exhibitions of power as a rule of domination. Yet to reign is to serve. Is that not fundamental to what leads a man or a woman to raise the right hand and promise to protect and defend the Constitution? Is that not essential in the biographies of military heroes, particularly the great chaplains who inspire us? The countless paths of service whether in leadership or in earnest devotion to duty always draw us from self-centeredness to service…”
“On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, the solemnity of Christ the King,” Archbishop Broglio concluded, “we are gathered to give thanks to those who serve or have served our country, and minister to them, and be renewed in our commitment to deepen our understanding of our faith and to serve others in the name of the risen Lord, the King of the universe.” To watch Archbishop Broglio’s homily in full, go here.
At a sit-down dinner after Mass, the Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC, an organization of Italian American businessmen and professionals, presented Archbishop Broglio with its prestigious National Public Service Award.
Meanwhile, the AMS Office of Advancement announced the 12th Annual Benefit for the Archdiocese will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020, beginning with the Celebration of Holy Mass at 5:00 p.m. (EST) at the Saint Paul II National Shrine, 3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC, 20017.