Archdiocese Holds First-Ever Virtual Advent Retreat for Catholic Faith Leaders on U.S. Military Installations Worldwide

WASHINGTON, DC — Advent, the four-week liturgical season before Christmas, is a time of waiting, conversion, and hopeful preparation as Catholics journey together toward celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. This year, Advent began on Nov. 28, and for the first time ever, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), held a Virtual Advent Retreat for those leading the journey on U.S. Military installations worldwide. On Dec. 1, more than 50 U.S. Military-affiliated catechists, coordinators of religious education (CREs), Catholic pastoral life coordinators, priests, and others based throughout the United States and in countries from Europe and the Middle East to Asia came together on Zoom for the 90-minute retreat focused on prayer and reflection in preparation for the Lord’s coming. The same retreat was conducted twice in one day—at 6:00 a.m. ET and again at 2:00 p.m. ET—giving participants in all time zones a convenient option.
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Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Kicks Off 2022 National Collection at Annual Benefit

WASHINGTON, DC – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), availed itself of the Solemnity of Christ the King, the final Sunday of the liturgical year, to support the evangelization efforts in the military.  At the same time its 2022 National Collection campaign was kicked off. The collection, to be taken up in Catholic parishes throughout the United States at weekend Masses Nov. 5-6, 2022, will support pastoral care and ministry to Catholic families stationed worldwide in the U.S. Military and Catholic patients in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers throughout the country. Continue reading

Knights of Columbus Volunteers Deliver First of 100,000 Copies of Armed with the Faith Catholic Prayer Book to Active-Duty Military Personnel

WASHINGTON, DC – On Nov. 9, Knights of Columbus volunteers, including some serving in the military, delivered the first of 100,000 copies of the new 6th edition of the Armed with the Faith Catholic prayer book to the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in Washington, D.C., home base for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The prayer books will be sent to active-duty U.S. Military personnel serving our country around the world.  Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained Transitional Deacon in Rome

ROME – The Reverend Mr. Bradley David Easterbrooks, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at the Altar of the Chair in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican.  He hopes eventually to serve as an active-duty chaplain in the U.S. Navy with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Twelve Men Gather for Discernment Retreat on Possible Vocations as U.S. Military Chaplains

CINCINNATI, OH — Twelve men will gather here this weekend for an October 21-24 discernment retreat aimed at helping them decide if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and U.S. Military chaplains. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is holding the retreat at Mount St. Mary’s of the West Seminary. The prospective chaplain candidates include seven civilians along with two men now serving in the Air Force, one in the Army, one in the Navy, and one enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Continue reading

Archdiocese Offers Renewal to Catechists for Evangelization

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), will host a virtual convocation of catechists in service to the U.S. Military. The purpose is to catalyze catechetical leaders in their commitment to help others live and preach the Gospel.  It will also offer them the possibility of making a contribution to the Synod 2021-2023, a process of discernment, initiated by the Bishop of Rome, in which the people of God are called to pray and reflect on the will of the Holy Spirit for the Church.  Continue reading

Pilgrimage for the Sea Services Draws Crowd to National Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton

EMMITSBURG, MD – The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton welcomed nearly 350 visitors on Sunday for its annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services. This year for the first time the pilgrimage Mass was broadcast live on EWTN. The Most Reverend Neal J. Buckon, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), himself a retired commissioned officer and chaplain in the U.S. Army, was the principal celebrant and homilist. Continue reading

Catholic Military Couples Gather in Atlanta for Marriage Enrichment Retreat

ATLANTA, GA – Eight Catholic couples based at U.S. Military installations throughout the southern United States spent the weekend in Atlanta, GA, on a Marriage Enrichment Retreat sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Oct. 1-3 retreat took place at the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center on a quiet spot in the woods along the Chattahoochee River. The retreat was facilitated by Dr. Mark Moitoza, Th.D., D. Min., AMS Vice-Chancellor for Evangelization. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., was on hand,  and celebrated Holy Mass with the couples. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Shares Disappointment of Faithful over U.S. Navy Shutdown of Catholic Chapel-Based Programs in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA – Respecting the COVID-imposed restrictive social distancing, the faithful filled the chapel at the San Diego Naval Station (32nd Street) two times on Sunday, Sept. 26, to mark the end of an era. In a cost-cutting move, the U.S. Navy decided to end the Catholic chapel-based program at the installation and the faithful wanted to participate in one last Sunday Mass. Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio Celebrates Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, Servant of God

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Vietnam War hero and Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M. (1929-1967), left the world an example of how to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ—one that if put into practice could “renew the face of the earth.” That message was delivered Tuesday evening by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA.  Continue reading

Co-Sponsored Seminarians Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thirty prospective Catholic U.S. Military chaplains from 23 dioceses and one religious community assembled in the Nation’s Capital over the weekend for the annual Labor Day Weekend Gathering for Co-Sponsored Seminarians. The gathering, hosted each year by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is a three-day celebration of prayer, fraternity, and face-to-face dialogue between the chaplain candidates, AMS clergy and staff, and His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services. This year, for the first time, Father S. Matthew Gray, the new AMS Director of Vocations, directed the gathering.  Continue reading

Catholic Military Chaplains Commence Series of Convocations Focusing on Evangelization

SAN DIEGO, CA – Nearly four dozen active-duty Catholic military chaplains and other priests in service to the United States Military are gathered in San Diego this week for the first of four biennial convocations being held across the nation and in Rome over the next three months under the direction of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading