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

EMMITSBURG, MD. – The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton welcomed more than four hundred visitors Sunday for its annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the Patroness of the Sea Services, which include the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and Public Health Service. The pilgrimage is co-sponsored each year by the Seton Shrine and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) to pray for those who serve, and those who served. Continue reading

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

ROME – The Reverend Mr. Timothy G. Mergen, 2d Lt, USAFR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Thursday, Oct. 3, in Rome. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Air Force with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). He is tentatively scheduled to be ordained a priest next year in his home Diocese of Madison, WI. Continue reading

U.S. Military Personnel Including Wounded, Ill, and Injured Invited to Apply for Warriors to Lourdes Spiritual Journey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Military personnel, including the wounded, ill, and injured, are invited to apply for an all-expenses-paid, round-trip journey to the Marian grotto and spring baths at Lourdes, France, during the 62nd annual Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI)—or “International Military Pilgrimage.” Continue reading

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Francis X. Roque Passes to Eternal Life

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Most Reverend Francis X. Roque, D.D., CH (COL), USA (Ret.), ended his earthly pilgrimage on Thursday, September 12, 2019. He was 90. Bishop Roque, a 21-year-veteran of the U.S. Army chaplain corps, served as Auxiliary Bishop first in the Military Vicariate and then in the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), under Archbishops Joseph T. Ryan, Joseph T. Dimino, and Edwin F. O’Brien from 1983 to 2004. Bishop Roque died peacefully, less than a month shy of his 91st birthday and just a few days before the 66th anniversary of his priestly ordination, at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket, RI, an assisted care home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, where he had lived in quiet retirement for the past few years. He is survived by dozens of nieces and nephews. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Blesses New Stained Glass Windows in Main Chapel of Pastoral Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thirty brand new stained glass windows now adorn the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center, home base for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). On Friday, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio blessed the recently-installed windows in a morning prayer service attended by dozens of AMS benefactors, clergy, and staff. Continue reading

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thirty-eight prospective Catholic military chaplains gathered in the nation’s capital over the Labor Day weekend for a three-day celebration of prayer, reflection, and fraternity sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The group comprised seminarians from all over the United States participating in the “Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program,” a vocations partnership between the AMS and cooperating dioceses and religious communities. Continue reading

Just Two Days Left to Register for Team AMS in 2019 Army Ten-Miler

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Just two days left to register for Team AMS in the 35th annual Army Ten-Miler! The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) is looking for just six more volunteers to join Team AMS in the Oct. 13 foot race. The objective is to raise awareness and financial support for the Archdiocese. Registration closes at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, Aug. 23. Avoid delay! Register now by signing up as a fundraiser at milarch.org/atm, or by e-mail to advancement@milarch.org, or by telephone at 202-719-3652. Continue reading

Catholic Military Chaplains Launch Series of Convocations Focused on Marriage

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – How can Catholic U.S. Military couples hold down a successful marriage in a lifestyle built on frequent moves, long separations, persistent career pressure, and growing secularization? That is the main topic Catholic military chaplains will explore over the next couple of months in a series of convocations starting this week in San Diego. Continue reading

Support Free Exercise of Catholic Faith in U.S. Military on Day of Giving, July 21-22

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All who support the free exercise of Catholic faith in the U.S. Military have a unique opportunity this weekend to do their part. The occasion is Sunday, July 21, the 34th birthday of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA(AMS), which Pope Saint John Paul II erected in 1985 to provide pastoral care to Catholics in the U.S. Armed Forces. To celebrate the occasion, the AMS is sponsoring its first-ever “Day of Giving.” On the Day of Giving, the public may wish the AMS a “Happy Birthday” with a present in the form of a donation, large or small, at www.milarch.org/dayofgiving. Continue reading

Prospective U.S. Army Chaplain Ordained in Wisconsin

GREEN BAY, WI  – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is celebrating the priestly ordination of a prospective new Catholic U.S. Army chaplain. Father Matthew Faucett, (2LT), USAR, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 22, in Green Bay, WI. Father Faucett (center in photo with Archbishop Broglio and Bishop Ricken)  hopes to go on active duty with AMS endorsement and faculties once he completes three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Green Bay. Continue reading

Ten Catholic Priests Gather to Discern Possible “Vocation Within a Vocation” as U.S. Military Chaplains

WASHINGTON, DC – Ten Catholic priests from religious communities and U.S. dioceses throughout the United States are gathered in Washington, DC, this week for a five-day retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called to serve as U.S. Military chaplains. The retreat, called “For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve,” is meant to inspire participating priests as they discern this “vocation within a vocation.” Continue reading

Two Prominent Military Catholics Receive Medal of the Archdiocese

WASHINGTON, DC – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, has awarded the Medal of the Archdiocese, its highest honor, to two prominent military Catholics. Father Paul K. Hurley, CH (GEN), USA (Retired), received the medal in a May 30 ceremony at Fort Myer celebrating his retirement as U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, a post he has held for the past four years. At the U.S Army Garrison Hawaii, meanwhile, the garrison’s Catholic Pastoral Life Coordinator, Mrs. Tracey Harger (pictured), received the medal on June 11. Continue reading