Lighthouse Catholic Media program provides insightful talks on Catholic Faith to U.S. military personnel and families
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) announced today an online program to distribute audio recordings of talks on the Catholic Faith by some of the world’s top Catholic speakers to members of the United States armed forces has reached a milestone with subscriptions now surpassing the first one-thousand.
The audios, produced and distributed by Lighthouse Catholic Media, a non-profit corporation based in Sycamore, Illinois, are available to U.S. military personnel and their families through the FREE Military Download of the Month Club. Subscribers receive one free mp3 download per month for the first nine months of membership, after which downloads remain available for $1.50 per month. In the spirit of evangelization, in exchange for each $1.50 received, Lighthouse Catholic Media provides one download to the subscriber plus one to another military member who may interested in registration.
The talks, by prominent speakers including Dr. Scott Hahn, Ann Marie Schmidt, Matthew Kelly, and Father Larry Richards, cover a wide range of Catholic topics such as Becoming the Best Version of Yourself; Finding the Fullness of Faith; Turning Away from Sin; How to Answer the Most Common Questions Catholics are Asked; How to Get Through Difficulties of Life; and How to Overcome Bad Habits You Don’t Like to See in Yourself. They include incredible accounts of God working in people’s lives.
The AMS introduced the Military Download of the Month Club on its Website at www.milarch.org/mdmc in October, 2011. Subscriptions picked up when the AMS distributed registration kits to its endorsed priests serving as chaplains at military installations around the world, encouraging Catholic servicemen and women and their families to subscribe in time for the Year of Faith, declared by Pope Benedict XVI from October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 to observe the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Dr. Mark Moitoza, AMS Vice-Chancellor for Evangelization, said:
“The Military Download of the Month Club is a terrific way to both learn and reflect about Catholicism during the Year of Faith. These downloads are encouraging those who listen to share what they heard because the talks stir the heart, mind, and soul of Catholics serving our country.”
To date, the Military Download of the Month Club has attracted 1,365 subscribers with more than 469 of those registering in the last 30 days.
Tim Truckenbrod, Lighthouse Catholic Media Vice-President of Marketing and Development, said:
“Since Lighthouse first introduced the Military Download of the Month Club in October of 2011, many of the over 1,000 subscribers found out about the program through word of mouth. In our research we found that almost every chaplain we spoke to was very enthusiastic about the program. Now that it has been promoted to chaplains by providing them with a simple, turnkey way to offer this to their communities, the number of subscriptions is beginning to skyrocket. They are really excited about it.”
Servicemen or woman can join the Military Download of the Month Club by registering at www.milarch.org/mdmckit.
Completed registration forms can be emailed, faxed or hard-mailed to:
Lighthouse Catholic Media
303 E. State St., Sycamore, IL 60178
Fax: (815) 895-0333
Phone: (866) 767-3155
The AMS was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers.
AMS-endorsed priests serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed chaplains also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S.
The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population.
Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs.
For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit www.milarch.org, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.