Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest in San Diego

POWAY, CA – Father Bradley David Easterbrooks, LTJG, USNR, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a priest on Friday, June 24, 2022, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Poway, CA.  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

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Priest in North Carolina

HUNTERSVILLE, NC – Father Darren Balkey, ENS, USNR, a candidate for United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 18, in his home Diocese of Charlotte. The new priest hopes eventually to serve as a U.S. Navy chaplain, providing pastoral care to Catholic Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families, with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

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

EAST LANSING, MI – Father Peter Ludwig, USNR, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 11, 2022, 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

Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in California

SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Reverend Mr. Carlos A. Warfield, (1LT), USAR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 21, in his home Diocese of Monterey. The new deacon is on track to be ordained a priest next year and hopes eventually to serve as an active-duty Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Army providing pastoral care to Catholic soldiers and their families with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Lincoln, NE

LINCOLN, NE – Father Liam O’Shea-Creal, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, May 28, in Lincoln, NE. 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). His intention is to go on active duty following a three-year period of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Lincoln under a co-sponsorship agreement between the Diocese and the AMS. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Catholic Priest in Savannah, GA

SAVANNAH, GA – Father William (Will) C. Cook, LTJG, USNR, a former active-duty U.S. Marine and prospective U.S. Military chaplain, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 4, in Savannah, GA. Eventually, the new priest hopes 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

Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH – The Reverend Mr. Stephen J. Hughes, 2d Lt, USAF, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, April 23, in his home Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The new deacon is on track to be ordained a priest next year and hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Air Force providing pastoral care to Catholic airmen and their families with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).  Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio Consecrates and Blesses Sacramental Oils at Annual Chrism Mass

WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday evening, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, blessed and consecrated sacred oils for sacramental use over the coming year in Catholic communities on U.S. Military sites worldwide, and in the nation’s VA Medical Centers. The rite of blessing took place at the annual Chrism Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), which His Excellency celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Dozens of Catholic U.S. Military chaplains and priests in service to the Archdiocese concelebrated the 6:00 p.m. Mass and renewed their ministerial commitment following Archbishop Broglio’s homily. Continue reading

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

MENLO PARK, CA – Nineteen men are gathered here this weekend for a March 31-April 3 discernment retreat aimed at helping them discern 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 St. Patrick’s Seminary in hopes of relieving a chronic shortage of Catholic priests on active duty. Continue reading

Catholic Faithful in U.S. Military Engage in Global Virtual Lenten Day of Recollection

WASHINGTON, DC — Draw near to the Lord! That entreaty from the Gospel of Luke 15:1 was the theme of a virtual Lenten day of recollection hosted on Thursday, March 10. 2022, by the evangelization staff of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), for U.S. Military-affiliated Catholics based worldwide. “It would be a mistake for us to think that we can go out in search of the Lord, and when we find Him, to draw near to Him,” said Auxiliary Bishop William (Bill) Muhm, giving the main reflection. “No,” he said, “we draw near to Him by allowing Him to draw near to us.” Continue reading

Archdiocese Holds First-Ever Young Adult Ministry Symposium in Response to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit

CRYSTAL CITY, VA — More than 60 U.S. Military-affiliated Catholic young adults, priests, chaplains, pastoral leaders, and support staff are gathered in Crystal City, VA, this weekend for the first-ever, in-person Young Adult Ministry Symposium sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Jan. 20-23 forum at the Hilton Crystal City at Reagan National Airport comes in response to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Christus Vivit (“Christ is Alive”). Continue reading

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

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