Connects directly with ministry leaders at 90 locations in the United States and Europe
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Office of Evangelization of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) conducted for the first time on Tuesday an interactive live stream webinar introducing priests, ministry leaders, catechists and parents at military installations around the world in real time to its new religion curriculum guide. The guide,Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization:Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Guide, was promulgated by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, on January 25. It will take effect on August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
The webinar, hosted from 4 to 6:30 p.m. (ET) at the Catholic Apostolate Center in Washington, D.C. through the facilities ofMyCatholicVoice.com and www.upwordstudios.org,was joined by priests, ministry leaders, catechists and parents on 90 live connections in at least 15 states, Belgium and Germany.
Following introductory remarks by Dr. Mark Moitoza, AMS Vice-Chancellor for Evangelization, Archbishop Broglio himself appeared on the two-and-a-half hour live stream, offering an opening prayer and discussing at length the meaning and importance of having a standard educational instrument to ensure that the Faith is taught to children of U.S. military personnel in a “complete, systematic and consistent way” throughout the global archdiocese.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“I earnestly sought to establish an archdiocesan religious education curriculum, because I perceive the importance of offering our people an organized system of opening and keeping wide open the door of faith in a systematic way. It is important that what Johnny and Jane are learning in the third grade at Wiesbaden is the same thing that they will study at Leavenworth when they PCS (Permanent Change of Station).”
Presentations were also delivered by Mr. Jose Amaya, AMS Director of Faith Formation, and Dr. Harry Dudley, Assistant Director for Certification of Ecclesial Ministry at United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. During their presentations, Drs. Moitoza and Dudley and Mr. Amaya fielded questions sent directly from participants at the various remote locations using the connection’s chat feature. Participants emerged with a much greater understanding of the new curriculum guide and how it will be implemented, and the presenters came away with a better idea of what parts of the curriculum guide and its implementation need further clarification.
Dr. Moitoza said:
“The New Evangelization calls for new ardor and new methods. This live stream allowed the archdiocese to provide presentations and encourage dialogue through new technologies. The chat discussions found participants submitting relevant questions and concerns while also sharing what works well in their communities. This interactive dynamic will help to build a consistent method for passing on the faith as we move toward full implementation of Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization. I want to express my gratitude to all who guided us through the technical challenges and also to those who gave the gift of their time to participate actively. The archdiocese looks forward to future live stream events to support those who serve.”
The Office of Evangelization recorded the live stream. It will be formatted and posted on www.milarch.org so that leaders in various time zones may access the presentations at their convenience.
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.