WASHINGTON, D.C. — Supporters of the free exercise of Catholic faith in the U.S. Military will have an extraordinary opportunity next month to show their support. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), will participate in #iGiveCatholic. Now in its fifth year, #iGiveCatholic is a 24-hour online giving event for the faithful in multiple archdioceses and dioceses worldwide to unite and raise as many charitable dollars as possible in a single day. #iGiveCatholic presents an opportunity for Catholics to donate and support the organizations that enrich our souls on #GivingTuesday.
#GivingTuesday is an annual day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated in the United States on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. To give, supporters can visit military.igivecatholic.org. But you don’t have to wait: advanced giving began Nov. 18.
Proceeds will go to fund pastoral care for Catholics in all branches of the U.S. Military and those hospitalized in the nation’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, as well as, their families. Specific needs include seminary expenses for prospective chaplains to fill a desperate shortage of priests on active duty; evangelization and catechesis programs for Catholic U.S. Military families scattered all over the world; a robust religious education program for the children of these families in grades K-through-12; sacramental record-keeping for baptisms, first Communions, confirmations, and other sacraments celebrated on U.S. Military installations; a fully functional tribunal; a busy international travel schedule for AMS bishops; and much more.
The AMS is the Catholic Church’s only jurisdiction responsible for endorsing priests to serve the U.S. Military. Its annual operating budget is more than $8 million, not counting seminary expenses projected at more than $3 million over the next five years alone. The AMS receives no funding from the military or the government. The AMS has no network of parishes to provide regular support. The AMS depends entirely on private giving to support pastoral care for Catholics in uniform or hospitalized in the VA Medical Centers.
Mr. Sal Perez, AMS Director of Advancement, said, “We ask our supporters to visit our Facebook page on #GivingTuesday and join the AMS in sharing the posts in their social media accounts. A simple share or tweet can help increase awareness of this great campaign and help the AMS raise critical funds to sustain her $8 million operating budget. Sharing the post is easy and you are more than welcome to create your own with your own reasons for supporting the AMS!”
For more information, please contact the AMS Office of Advancement by e-mail at Advancement@milarch.org or 202-719-3652.