Pilgrimage for the Sea Services to be Live-streamed; On-Site Participation Limited Due to COVID-19

EMMITSBURG, MD – The annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services will be celebrated this year on Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. EDT at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 South Seton Avenue, in Emmitsburg, MD. The principal celebrant and homilist will be the Most Reverend Joseph L. Coffey, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Bishop Coffey is a retired U.S. Navy chaplain. 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

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Celebrates Combined Memorial/Father Capodanno Mass

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, celebrated the combined annual Memorial Mass for all who serve or have served in the U.S. Military, and the Memorial Mass for Vietnam War hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., Servant of God. The two Masses, normally celebrated separately at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, were combined and moved to the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Centerdue to social distancing guidelines imposed by the City of Washington, D.C., over the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Former U.S. Air Force Chaplain’s Assistant Ordained Catholic Priest

SEASIDE, CA –Father Tyler R. Harris, 2d Lt, USAFR, a prospective United States Air Force chaplain, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, August 22, in Seaside, CA. Father Harris, 40, plans eventually to serve on active duty as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) after an initial three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Monterey. Continue reading

Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program Receives $60,550 from First Lady’s Charity of Texas Knights of Columbus

HOUSTON, TX –– The Texas State Council of the Knights of Columbus recently presented the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), a check for $60,550 to support the AMS Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program(CSP). The gift comprises funds raised over the past two years by the Texas Women’s Project, headed by Ms. Mary Evans, outgoing First Lady of the Texas Knights of Columbus and wife of Immediate Past State Deputy T. Mark Evans. Continue reading

Eagle Scout Benjamin Rawald of Laughlin Air Force Base Catholic Community Earns $5,000 College Scholarship

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) has awarded Eagle Scout Benjamin Rawald of Del Rio, TX, a first-place $5,000 college scholarship through the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship Fund. Mr. Rawald, 18, is a member of the Catholic Community at Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB), which lies within the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). He is a member of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 280 and Crew 280 sponsored by Elks Lodge #837. Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Priestly Ordination of Prospective New Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain in Florida

ORLANDO, FL – Father Adam D. Marchese, (2LT) USAR, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, July 25, in his home Diocese of Orlando, FL. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Watch video of the ordination here. Continue reading

SALUTE Magazine Takes Top Honor in 2020 International Catholic Press Awards

WASHINGTON, DC – SALUTE, the hard-copy news magazine published quarterly by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA(AMS), has been honored with a first-place certificate in the 2020 Catholic Press Awards, sponsored by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The judge’s panel, which consists of media and academic professionals, deemed the Summer 2019 edition’s color cover (pictured) the year’s best for a small-size magazine, earning SALUTEthe top honor in the “Best Cover for Color” category. The award citation recognizes SALUTE Editor Jo Ann Redmond for her outstanding work. Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Priestly Ordination of Prospective New Army Chaplain

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS –Father Miguel Flores-Perez, (1LT) USAR, a prospective United States Army chaplain, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 27, in Round Rock, TX. Father Flores-Perez, 42, plans eventually to serve on active duty as a chaplain in the U.S. Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) after an initial three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Austin. Continue reading

Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center to Reopen on Monday, June 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C., issued an order authorizing—effective Monday, June 22, 2020—Phase Two for reopening the District of Columbia from the March 25 coronavirus shutdown. Based on the Mayor’s Order for Phase Two and the recommendations for successive phases by the ReOpen DC Advisory Group, Archbishop Timothy Broglio has approved a framework for reopening the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center, home base of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading