Support Free Exercise of Faith in U.S. Military Through Triennial National Collection and AMS Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Catholics will have a rare opportunity early next month to offer charitable support for pastoral care to the faithful in the United States Military and the nation’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers. A special second collection will be taken up in parishes nationwide for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). This special collection for the AMS is taken only once every three years with the approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Most parishes will take up the Triennial National Collection at Sunday Masses the weekend of Nov. 9-10, or as otherwise determined by an individual diocese or parish. Military Catholics who attend Mass at nondenominational base chapels where no second collections are taken may nevertheless give the same weekend through the AMS Appeal. Continue reading

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

YONKERS, NY — Nineteen men will gather here this weekend for a 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 conducting the annual retreat Oct. 17-20 at St. Joseph’s Seminary. Among the prospective chaplain candidates are more than a dozen men already serving in the United States Military, including nine from the Navy, four from the Air Force, one from the Army, and one from the Marines. Four are currently civilians, three of whom are already in seminary and discerning the “vocation within a vocation” to serve in the armed forces. Continue reading

Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services Planned for Oct. 6 at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

EMMITSBURG, MD – Come to the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and pray for servicemen and women at the Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services on Sunday, Oct. 6, in Emmitsburg, MD. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the Patroness of the Sea Services, which include the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Public Health Service. The late John Joseph Cardinal O’Connor advocated for her designation as the Patroness of the Sea Services in 1977 when he served as the U.S. Navy Chief of Chaplains. The 3:00 p.m. (EDST) Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland, CA, who also served for many years as a chaplain in the Naval Reserve. 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

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

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

Eagle Scout Joseph Lepak of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Earns $2,000 Scholarship

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has awarded 18-year old Eagle Scout and high school graduate Joseph Lepak of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall a $2,000 college scholarship through the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship Fund. Mr. Lepak is one of seven recipients to receive a Doerr scholarship this year, and he is the first member of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), to be so honored. The AMS Office of Evangelization encourages scouting as an effective way to promote a comprehensive approach to Catholic Youth Ministry. The development of leadership skills along with opportunities to grow in faith, through religious emblems and activities, makes scouting a dynamic opportunity for military-connected youth. Mr. Lepak was nominated for the scholarship by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services. Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Priestly Ordination of Prospective U.S. Air Force Chaplain in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IND – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is celebrating the priestly ordination of a prospective new Catholic U.S. Air Force chaplain. Father Vincent (Vinny) Gillmore, 2d Lt, USAFR, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 1, in Indianapolis, IN. Father Gillmore, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, hopes to go on active duty with AMS endorsement and faculties once he completes three years of pastoral service in his home Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Arlington, VA

ARLINGTON, VA – Father Sean Koehr, a U.S. Navy chaplain candidate, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 8, in Arlington, VA. Father Koehr, 29, completed his priestly formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA, where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. 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) after three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Arlington. Continue reading

U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in New Mexico

RIO RANCHO, NM – The Reverend Mr. Joseph Baltz, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional Deacon on Thursday, June 6, in his home Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Deacon Baltz’s diaconal ordination was celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Rio Rancho, NM, through the laying of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit by Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe. AMS Auxiliary Bishop Joseph L. Coffey, CHC, CAPT (Sel), USN, concelebrated the ordination Mass. Continue reading

Two Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Candidates Ordained Transitional Deacons in California

SALINAS, CA – Two prospective Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplains were ordained transitional deacons on Friday, May 31, 2019, in Salinas, CA. The Reverend Mr. Tyler Harris (right center in photo), 2d Lt, USAFR, and the Rev. Mr. Adam Woodward, 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

Military Young Adult Retreat Draws 30 to Alhambra, California

ALHAMBRA, CA. – How to discern God’s voice in everyday life? That was the question explored by thirty United States Military members and spouses in a three-day Military Young Adult Retreat held over the weekend in Alhambra, CA. The participants, who came from all five branches of the armed forces, gathered at the Retreat House of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles for the three-day retreat, which was sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Serving as Retreat Master was Father Brian Klingele (pictured), Ch, Capt, USAF, of Creech Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, was represented by AMS Auxiliary Bishop Joseph L. Coffey, Episcopal Vicar for Veterans Affairs.
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