Rite of Election Celebrated for Five Adults Affiliated with U.S. Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five aspiring Catholics affiliated with the United States Military, all based in greater Washington, celebrated the Rite of Election on Sunday, February 21, 2021, in the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, presided at the 3:00 p.m. celebration.  Continue reading

Father S. Matthew Gray Named Vocations Director of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), will soon have a new Director of Vocations. He is Father S. Matthew Gray, Ch, Capt, USAF, a priest of the Diocese of Charleston, SC. Father Gray replaces Father Aidan (Arthur H.) Logan, O.C.S.O., who recently began to offer pastoral assistance at Assumption Grotto Church in Detroit, MI, after serving as AMS Vocations Director for seven years. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio to Preside at Holy Hour for Vocations During FOCUS SEEK21 Virtual Conference

WASHINGTON, DC — His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA (AMS), will preside at a Holy Hour for Vocations on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (EST) in the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center. The Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be livestreamed on the AMS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/milarchusa. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Affirms Dignity of Every Person from Conception to Natural Death

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Tonight, Sisters and Brothers, we gather in prayer for the respect of life, the healing of those in error, and for a renewal of our ability to be effective witnesses of His truth which leads to everlasting life.” So spoke Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio last night during a reflection on Christ’s call to follow Him in the first Holy Hour of a nationally-televised virtual Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Continue reading

Archdiocese to Hold Webinar for Young Adult Catholics in the U.S. Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), will hold the fifth in a series of Young Adult Ministry webinars for U.S. Military-affiliated men and women from ages 18 to 39. Also encouraged to participate are military pastoral leaders—Catholic priest chaplains and chapel staff at installations worldwide. The 60-to-90-minute webinar will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 8:00 p.m. EST and twice on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 a.m. EST and again at 2:00 p.m. EST.  Each session will consist of a common keynote presentation and military young adult witness followed by individual live discussions. Registration is free. To register, visit milarch.org/symposium. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Calls Attention to USCCB President’s Inaugural Message to President Biden

WASHINGTON, DC – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, issued the following statement today calling the attention of the faithful to a message from the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to newly inaugurated President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.: Continue reading

World War Two Chaplain Hero Father Thomas Conway Posthumously Awarded Navy Cross

WATERBURY, CT – Father Thomas Conway, CHC, LT, USN, a diocesan priest of Buffalo, NY, was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross on Friday in his hometown of Waterbury, CT. The Navy Cross is the second-highest military decoration in both the United States Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. The medal is awarded to Sailors or Marines who distinguish themselves for extraordinary heroism in combat with an armed enemy force. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC – The Reverend Brother Matthew Tomeny, MIC, ENS, USNR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and chaplaincy in the United States Navy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, Jan. 2, in Washington, DC. The Navy reservist plans to go on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) following three years of pastoral service in his religious congregation after priestly ordination next year. Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Calls on Faithful to Show Gratitude for American Veterans on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On the occasion of Veterans Day, when the Nation pauses to honor those who have served in war or peace, living and deceased, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA is calling on the faithful to show their gratitude “for the sacrifice service members, veterans, and their families make for the benefit of us all.” Continue reading

New Online Faith Learning Tool Launched for Catholic Military Families

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The families of Catholics on active duty in the U.S. Military now have free access to an internet platform providing online games, videos, songs, lessons, quizzes, challenges, and other innovative tools to support pre-K-through-12 religious education.  The portal, sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is called AMS Family Witness to Christ. It is powered by CatholicBrain.com, a website founded in 2017 by a devout Catholic parent and catechist with help and direction from school teachers, priests, and education consultants. The platform is accessible at amsfamilywitness.com. Families interested in using it may obtain the AMS code to register from the priest or coordinator of religious education (CRE) at their respective military installations. Continue reading

Two Catholic U.S. Military Chaplain Candidates Ordained Transitional Deacons in Rome

THE VATICAN – Two prospective Catholic U.S. Military chaplains were ordained transitional deacons on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at St. Peter’s Basilica. The Reverend Mr. Patrick Costello, LT, USNR, and the Rev. Mr. Madison Hayes, 2d Lt, USAFR, both hope eventually to serve as priests on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Expresses Gratitude for U.S. Navy Decision to Retain Contracts with Catholic Priests

“Catholics in the Navy and everywhere in this Country rejoice in the decision by the U.S. Navy to reconsider closing the thriving Catholic programs at naval stations in California. I am deeply grateful to everyone who lent their support and encouragement to maintaining these programs.  In a particular way, I am grateful to the Navy Chief of Chaplains and his staff, as well as, Navy Southwest for their consideration and effort.” Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Responds to U.S. Navy Decision to Cancel Catholic Priest Contracts

WASHINGTON, DC – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), has received many messages and is well aware of the news items published over the past few days about the decision by the U.S. Navy regarding the pastoral care of Catholics at Naval Base (NB) Coronado, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Monterey, and NB Ventura County—all of which are currently served by civilian Catholic priests willing and able to continue their ministry.  In what’s being described as a “cost-cutting” move, the Navy has announced it will cancel the contracts of civilian Catholic priests who serve these military faith communities. Meanwhile on-base Protestant services, led by active-duty non-Catholic chaplains, will continue as usual. Continue reading