The AMS will hold its fourth all-expenses-paid discernment retreat for priests who are already incardinated in a U.S. diocese or religious order and currently engaged in pastoral service, but who may sense a further call to military chaplaincy. The retreat, called “For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve,” will be held June 24-28, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
During the four-day gathering, AMS clergy, staff, and chaplains will join Archbishop Broglio in giving the priests a realistic picture of what it is like to be a military chaplain and how to become one.
The retreats are meant to help relieve a chronic shortage of Catholic U.S. Military chaplains, whose ranks are dwindling due to attrition: aging chaplains are reaching military retirement faster than they can be replaced. Currently, some 205 priests are on active duty, fewer than half the number serving at the time of 9/11.
The retreat has reached its maximum capacity at this time, but additional applicants will be added to a waiting list. For more information, go here, or contact the AMS Chancellor at Chancellor@milarch.org or (202) 719-3600.