Memorial Mass Scheduled Sept. 4 for Father Vincent R. Capodanno

The annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C., 20017. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Continue reading

Support Free Exercise of Catholic Faith in U.S. Military on Day of Giving, July 21-22

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All who support the free exercise of Catholic faith in the U.S. Military have a unique opportunity this weekend to do their part. The occasion is Sunday, July 21, the 34th birthday of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA(AMS), which Pope Saint John Paul II erected in 1985 to provide pastoral care to Catholics in the U.S. Armed Forces. To celebrate the occasion, the AMS is sponsoring its first-ever “Day of Giving.” On the Day of Giving, the public may wish the AMS a “Happy Birthday” with a present in the form of a donation, large or small, at www.milarch.org/dayofgiving. Continue reading

Prospective U.S. Army Chaplain Ordained in Wisconsin

GREEN BAY, WI  – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is celebrating the priestly ordination of a prospective new Catholic U.S. Army chaplain. Father Matthew Faucett, (2LT), USAR, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 22, in Green Bay, WI. Father Faucett (center in photo with Archbishop Broglio and Bishop Ricken)  hopes to go on active duty with AMS endorsement and faculties once he completes three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Green Bay. Continue reading

Ten Catholic Priests Gather to Discern Possible “Vocation Within a Vocation” as U.S. Military Chaplains

WASHINGTON, DC – Ten Catholic priests from religious communities and U.S. dioceses throughout the United States are gathered in Washington, DC, this week for a five-day retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called to serve as U.S. Military chaplains. The retreat, called “For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve,” is meant to inspire participating priests as they discern this “vocation within a vocation.” Continue reading

Eagle Scout Joseph Lepak of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Earns $2,000 Scholarship

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has awarded 18-year old Eagle Scout and high school graduate Joseph Lepak of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall a $2,000 college scholarship through the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship Fund. Mr. Lepak is one of seven recipients to receive a Doerr scholarship this year, and he is the first member of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), to be so honored. The AMS Office of Evangelization encourages scouting as an effective way to promote a comprehensive approach to Catholic Youth Ministry. The development of leadership skills along with opportunities to grow in faith, through religious emblems and activities, makes scouting a dynamic opportunity for military-connected youth. Mr. Lepak was nominated for the scholarship by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services. Continue reading

Two Prominent Military Catholics Receive Medal of the Archdiocese

WASHINGTON, DC – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, has awarded the Medal of the Archdiocese, its highest honor, to two prominent military Catholics. Father Paul K. Hurley, CH (GEN), USA (Retired), received the medal in a May 30 ceremony at Fort Myer celebrating his retirement as U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, a post he has held for the past four years. At the U.S Army Garrison Hawaii, meanwhile, the garrison’s Catholic Pastoral Life Coordinator, Mrs. Tracey Harger (pictured), received the medal on June 11. Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Priestly Ordination of Prospective U.S. Air Force Chaplain in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IND – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is celebrating the priestly ordination of a prospective new Catholic U.S. Air Force chaplain. Father Vincent (Vinny) Gillmore, 2d Lt, USAFR, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 1, in Indianapolis, IN. Father Gillmore, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, hopes to go on active duty with AMS endorsement and faculties once he completes three years of pastoral service in his home Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Arlington, VA

ARLINGTON, VA – Father Sean Koehr, a U.S. Navy chaplain candidate, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 8, in Arlington, VA. Father Koehr, 29, completed his priestly formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA, where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Navy with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) after three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Arlington. Continue reading

U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in New Mexico

RIO RANCHO, NM – The Reverend Mr. Joseph Baltz, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional Deacon on Thursday, June 6, in his home Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Deacon Baltz’s diaconal ordination was celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Rio Rancho, NM, through the laying of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit by Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe. AMS Auxiliary Bishop Joseph L. Coffey, CHC, CAPT (Sel), USN, concelebrated the ordination Mass. Continue reading

Prospective New Catholic Air Force Chaplain Ordained a Priest

BOSTON—Father Carignan Rouse, 2d Lt, USAFR, a United States Air Force chaplain candidate, was ordained a priest on Saturday, May 18, in Boston. His ordination was celebrated at a 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross through the laying on of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit by His Eminence, Sean Cardinal O’Malley. Continue reading

Memorial Mass Draws Hundreds to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly one-thousand Catholics gathered in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday for a 4:30 p.m. Mass to honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, living and deceased. The 25th Annual Memorial Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), was attended by service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, senior military officers, veterans, and family members including Gold Star Mothers. Continue reading

Military Council of Catholic Women Donates $50,000 to Establish Endowed Co-Sponsored Seminarian Scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the United States Military facing a desperate shortage of Catholic chaplains, the Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW) is stepping up to make a difference. The MCCW has just donated $50,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for seminarians in formation for priesthood and military chaplaincy. The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), USA, received the check on Thursday, April 25. Continue reading