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

BOSTON – The Reverend Mr. David Campo, LTJG, USN, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, Oct. 24, 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 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 Boston. Continue reading

New Online Faith Learning Tool Launched for Catholic Military Families

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The families of Catholics on active duty in the U.S. Military now have free access to an internet platform providing online games, videos, songs, lessons, quizzes, challenges, and other innovative tools to support pre-K-through-12 religious education.  The portal, sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is called AMS Family Witness to Christ. It is powered by CatholicBrain.com, a website founded in 2017 by a devout Catholic parent and catechist with help and direction from school teachers, priests, and education consultants. The platform is accessible at amsfamilywitness.com. Families interested in using it may obtain the AMS code to register from the priest or coordinator of religious education (CRE) at their respective military installations. Continue reading

Two Catholic U.S. Military Chaplain Candidates Ordained Transitional Deacons in Rome

THE VATICAN – Two prospective Catholic U.S. Military chaplains were ordained transitional deacons on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at St. Peter’s Basilica. The Reverend Mr. Patrick Costello, LT, USNR, and the Rev. Mr. Madison Hayes, 2d Lt, USAFR, both hope eventually to serve as priests on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). 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

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

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

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Priest in Massachusetts on Saturday

FALL RIVER, MA – Father Steven Booth, a prospective U.S. Navy chaplain, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 13, in Fall River, MA. Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha ordained the new priest at Saint Mary’s Cathedralthrough the laying of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, concelebrated the 11:00 a.m. ordination Mass. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Priest in Louisiana

HOUMA, LA – Father Daniel Duplantis, 2d Lt, USAFR, a candidate for United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 6, in Houma, LA. He hopes eventually to serve on active duty as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Air Force with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Three Catholic U.S. Military Chaplain Candidates Ordained Saturday

WASHINGTON, DC – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) is celebrating the weekend ordinations of three prospective Catholic United States Military chaplains. On Saturday, May 30, Fathers Joseph Baltz and James Dvorak were ordained priests, and the Reverend Mr. Callan Sweeney was ordained a transitional deacon in preparation for priestly ordination next year. All three plan to serve on active duty with AMS endorsement and faculties following three years of pastoral service in their home dioceses: Father Baltz and the Rev. Mr. Sweeney in the Army; Father Dvorak in the Navy. Continue reading