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

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

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

Prospective Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Ordained Priest in Anchorage, AK

ANCHORAGE, AK – Father Madison Hayes, 2d Lt, USAFR, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Anchorage, AK. He 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). The new priest celebrated his first post-ordination Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River, AK. Continue reading

Prospective U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Green Bay, Wisconsin

GREEN BAY, WI – Father Patrick G. Costello, LT, USNR, a 2013 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a candidate for U.S. Military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, July 3, in Green Bay, WI. He hopes eventually to serve as a Navy chaplain with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The new priest plans to go on active duty following a three-year period of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Green Bay under the co-sponsorship agreement between the Diocese and the AMS. Continue reading

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

WASHINGTON, DC — Thirteen men from many service branches of the United States Armed Forces will gather here this weekend for a June 24-27 discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is holding the semi-annual retreat at Theological College, the national seminary of the Catholic University of America. The prospective chaplain candidates include three now serving in the Army, two in the Marine Corps, one in the Navy, two in the Air Force, and five civilians. Continue reading

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

NEW ORLEANS – Father Andrew Sanchez, (MAJ), USA, DDS, a prospective U.S. Army chaplain, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 5, 2021, in New Orleans, LA. The former active-duty Army dentist plans to go back on active duty as a fulltime chaplain with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Prospective U.S. Air Force Chaplain Ordained a Catholic Priest in Indiana

EVANSVILLE, IN – Father Garrett Braun, 2d Lt, USAFR, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and candidate for U.S. Military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 5, 2021, in Evansville, IN. He hopes eventually to serve as an active-duty chaplain in the U.S. Air Force with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained Transitional Deacon in Savannah, GA

SAVANNAH, GA – The Reverend Mr. William (Will) C. Cook, LTJG, USNR, a former active-duty U.S. Marine and a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional Deacon on Saturday, May 29, in Savannah, GA. The new deacon 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). Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained Priest in Texas

FORTH WORTH, TX — Father Jason Allan, a prospective Catholic U.S. Navy chaplain, was ordained a priest on Saturday, May 22, 2021, in a solemn Mass at Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in Arlington, TX. Having completed his priestly formation at Theological College in Washington, DC—the national seminary of The Catholic University of America—Father Allan, 27, is on track to go on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Under the terms of the co-sponsorship agreement between the AMS and Father Allan’s home Diocese of Forth Worth, he will be eligible for military service after an initial three year period of pastoral work in Texas. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Priest in Boston

BOSTON – Father David A. Campo, LTJG, USN, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a priest on Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Boston, MA. He plans 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). The new priest plans to go on active duty following a three-year period of pastoral service in his home Archdiocese of Boston in accordance with a co-sponsorship agreement between the two archdioceses. Continue reading

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

EAST LANSING, MI – The Reverend Mr. Peter Ludwig, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 15, 2021, in East Lansing, MI.  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). Continue reading

Two Catholic U.S. Military Chaplain Candidates Ordained Priests in Ohio

CINCINNATI, OH – Two prospective Catholic U.S. Military chaplains were ordained priests on Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Cincinnati, OH. Father Michael Kapolka, 2d Lt, USAFR, and Father Edward Hoffmann, (1LT) IRR, both hope eventually to serve as priests on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Father Kapolka plans to serve in the Air Force, Father Hoffmann in the Army, both following a three-year period of pastoral service in their home Archdiocese of Cincinnati under the co-sponsorship agreement between the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the AMS. Continue reading