Office of Sacramental Records
Unlike a conventional diocese, the AMS has no parishes or parish registries. Because military chapels are United States Government property, all records of sacraments performed on U.S. Military Installations are maintained by the AMS. This starkly contrasts the model used in diocesan parishes where all sacraments are recorded in the parish registry. The AMS currently maintains over 3.2 million records of sacraments performed on military installations.
A staff of 4 full-time employees and 2 college interns perform the task of recording, maintaining and processing requests for the over 3.2 million records.
All requests are required to be made in writing. Please click one of the links below to request a certificate.
Certificates for sacraments celebrated in the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA are issued only after the sacrament is recorded with the Office of Sacramental Records. Please allow at least four months from the date of celebration before requesting a sacramental certificate.
Certificates for sacraments celebrated in the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA are issued only after the sacrament is recorded with the Office of Sacramental Records.
The Mayor of Washington has closed non-essential businesses in the District of Columbia (including the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center) due to the COVD-19 pandemic. During this closure it is not possible for sacramental certificates to be prepared and sent. When the Pastoral Center re-opens, sacramental certificate requests will be fulfilled in the order received.