Live Televised Memorial Mass Scheduled SEPT. 7, 2021 for Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

WASHINGTON, DC – The annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, will be celebrated on Sept. 7, 2021, at 6:30 p,m. EDT in the Crypt Church the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will be the principal celebrant and homilist. 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

Archbishop Broglio Delighted over Decision Advancing Cause for Canonization of WWII Hero Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur

WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, issued the following statement today on Thursday’s decision by the U.S. Catholic bishops giving the Diocese of Lafayette, LA, the go-ahead to pursue the Cause for Canonization of World War II hero and Army Air Corps chaplain Father Lieutenant Joseph Verbis Lafleur. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain Ordained Priest in Austin, TX

AUSTIN, TX – Father Callan Sweeney, (1LT), USA, a candidate for the United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 5, in Austin, TX. He plans 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). The new priest is on track to go on active duty following a three-year period of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Austin under its seminarian co-sponsorship agreement with the 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 a Transitional Deacon in North Carolina

HUNTERSVILLE, NC – The Reverend Mr. Darren Balkey, ENS, USNR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, June 5, in his home Diocese of Charlotte. The new deacon hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Navy, 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

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Deacon in Lincoln, NE

LINCOLN, NE – The Reverend Mr. Liam O’Shea-Creal, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Friday, 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). The new deacon is on track to be ordained a priest next year. 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

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

Annual Memorial Mass Returns to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sunday for the first time in two years, in a sign of progress against COVID, Archbishop Timothy Broglio celebrated the annual Memorial Mass at its usual location: in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Preaching from the ambo, Archbishop Broglio reflected on the Solemnity of the Ascension, urging believers to accept Christ’s call “to go forth, be and experience the signs of the power of God, and offer hope.”  Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio to celebrate Memorial Mass on Sunday, May 16, at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

WASHINGTON, DC – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will celebrate the 27th annual Memorial Mass at 4:30 p.m. (EDST) on Sunday, May 16, 2021, in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, in Washington, DC. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Reverend Mr. Andrew F. Lane, ENS, USNR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Philadelphia, PA. He hopes eventually to serve as a U.S. Navy chaplain with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The new deacon is on track to be ordained a priest next year and hopes to go on active duty following a three-year period of pastoral service in his home Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio Consecrates and Blesses Sacramental Oils at Socially-Distanced Chrism Mass

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Sacred oils for sacramental and ecclesiastical use over the coming year on U.S. military sites worldwide and in the nation’s VA Medical Centers were blessed and consecrated Tuesday evening during a socially-distanced gathering at the annual Chrism Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Attendance was limited to no more than 60 members of the public due to crowd size restrictions imposed by the District of Columbia during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. During the Mass, Catholic U.S. Military chaplains, priests in service to, and friends of the Archdiocese also renewed their ministerial commitment. 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