New Windows in AMS Chapel

Archbishop Timothy Broglio presides at prayer service to bless new stained glass windows in the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in Washington, DC, on Sept. 6, 2019.

Thirty brand new stained glass windows now adorn the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center, home base for the AMS. On Friday, Archbishop Broglio blessed the recently-installed windows in a morning prayer service attended by dozens of AMS benefactors, clergy, and staff.

Casting radiant reds, greens, blues, and other hues over the altar and pews, each window depicts an image of particular significance to military Catholics. They include saints with military backgrounds, such as the Centurion, Saint Martin of Tours, Saint Joan of Arc, Saint John Capistrano, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, in addition to Saints Peter and Paul and the four Evangelists.

Also depicted are emblems of the five service branches and the Department of Veterans Affairs, symbols of the seven sacraments and the office of preaching, and the coats of arms of the first Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, the late Archbishop Joseph T. Ryan, and of Archbishop Broglio.