Thank you for your kind support of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), and those entrusted to her care. During the month of May, the National Military Appreciation Month, I ask you remember in prayer the men, women, and children entrusted to my pastoral care.
Since 2006, over 4,000 active-duty personnel and mobilized reservists have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The effects of war have a profound impact on the lives of service members and their families. War leaves behind scars that are both physical and spiritual, and for some, it leaves a vacant hole in their family due to the loss of a loved one.
For these reasons, Pope Francis calls for military chaplains to tend to the wounds of service members and their families, providing them with the special pastoral care they require. “Accompany and support them on their journey, being for all a consoling and fraternal presence,” was his request to military chaplains. AMS Chaplains accompany and remind service members and their families that the risen Lord has shown that sin and death do not have the last word. In the waters of baptism Christ has made us partakers of His life; and through the Holy Eucharist has given us eternal life, for His “flesh is true food, and…blood is true drink…whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (Jn. 6:55-58)
Let us never forget that the gifts of Christian virtue are not meant to be kept to oneself, rather reach their apex when given and shared with others. I humbly ask you to consider in prayer making a one-time or recurring gift to the AMS. Your support helps the AMS prepare the 49 co-sponsored seminarians who will accompany service members on their journey, sharing in their stress, frustration, and loneliness caused by separation from their families for an extended period of time, which helps them, connect in a special and unique way with service members.
Service members and their families exhibit the love of Christ through their lives of extraordinary selflessness, for there is no greater love than to lay one’s life for one’s friends (Jn. 15:13). It is our solemn duty to care for their spiritual well-being and ensure their faith does not become one of their sacrifices.
As always, please keep service members, their families, and the chaplains who accompany them in your fervent prayers. This archdiocese will do the same, asking our ever-loving Father to keep them safe.
With sentiments of unwavering gratitude, I remain
Sincerely in Christ,
(The Most Reverend) Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.
Archbishop for the Military Services, USA