The AMS held 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,” was held June 24-28, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
During the four-day gathering, AMS clergy, staff, and chaplains joined Archbishop Broglio in giving the priests a realistic picture of what it is like to be a military chaplain and how to become one.
This retreat and the four earlier retreats of this type held by the AMS 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.