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

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Sacred oils for sacramental and ecclesiastical use over the coming year on U.S. military sites the world over and in the nation’s VA Medical Centers were blessed and consecrated Tuesday at the annual Chrism Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Chrism Mass, ordinarily celebrated at 6:00 p.m. before a large congregation in the crypt of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, was instead moved this year across Michigan Avenue to the smaller confines of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in response to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s stay-at-home order and ban on gatherings of ten or more people because of the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

Pope Francis Calls on Christians to Join Lord’s Prayer Wednesday over Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Francis is calling on Christians everywhere to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic by joining him in praying the Lord’s Prayer at 7:00 a.m. ET (noon in Rome) on Wednesday, March 25. That day marks the Feast of the Annunciation, when the faithful celebrate the angel Gabriel’s visitation to the Virgin Mary, announcing the Incarnation of the Word. The Holy Father offered the invitation on Sunday at the traditional recitation of the Angelus on St. Peter’s Square. Continue reading

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

DENVER – The Reverend Mr. Anthony Davis, ENS, USN, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Denver, CO. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Navy with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The new deacon is tentatively scheduled 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 Denver. Continue reading

Rite of Election Celebrated for Ten Adults Affiliated with U.S. Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ten men and women affiliated with the United States Military, all based in greater Washington, celebrated the Rite of Election on Sunday, March 1, 2020, in the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center, home base for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., presided at the 3:00 p.m. liturgy. Continue reading

EWTN’s The Church Universal to Focus on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and its Mission “Serving Those Who Serve”

IRONDALE, AL – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), and its mission “serving those who serve,” will be prominently featured next month on the EWTN program, The Church Universal. Host Father Joseph Mary Wolfe, MFVA, will talk with seven AMS clergymen, Catholic U.S. Military chaplains, and lay staff members about their ministry providing pastoral care to the men and women who defend our nation in uniform during three programs over a consecutive three-week period. Continue reading

Joyful Momentum by Elizabeth A. Tomlin Shows How to Build Women’s Ministry in Catholic Faith Communities

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, WA – Women are no doubt the unsung heroes of Catholic family life in the United States Military. Those on active duty, like their male counterparts, must endure painful separations from their spouses and children while on long deployments. Those not in uniform themselves but married to active-duty servicemen are left to do the parenting, pay the bills, and manage the household while their husbands are away for months on end. Women in these circumstances have many common interests and concerns, but the transient military lifestyle, where families change duty stations every two or three years, makes it hard to build lasting support groups or ministries of faith. Now, Joyful Momentum (Ave Maria Press), a new book by Ms. Elizabeth A. Tomlin, Esq., provides a road map to building a vibrant, self-sustaining Catholic women’s ministry, whether on a military installation or, for that matter, in a civilian parish. Continue reading

Our Sunday Visitor Institute Awards $23,940 for Young Adult Catholic Outreach in U.S. Military

WASHINGTON, DC – The Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) Institute of Huntington, IN, has awarded a $23,940 grant to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), for the purpose of training young adult leaders to evangelize their non-practicing Catholic peers at U.S. Military installations. The grant will make it possible for the AMS to expand a pilot initiative it launched 18 months ago in partnership with Reach More™, an online coaching and training system of the Evangelical Catholic, a nonprofit specializing in Catholic ministry consulting and evangelization training. Continue reading

Catholic Catechists in U.S. Military to Gather in Baltimore This Weekend for Mid-Atlantic Congress

BALTIMORE—More than two dozen Catholic catechetical leaders based on United States Military installations throughout the eastern U.S. will gather in Baltimore, Md., this  weekend for three days of training, fellowship, discussion, and prayer at the ninth annual Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC). The Congress is co-sponsored by 20 Catholic organizations and publishers, including the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). It provides diocesan and parish staffs and volunteers a forum in which to explore current challenges in the common areas of faith formation, management, finances, human resources, and planning. MAC 2020 will take place at the Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt Street. More than 1,000 are expected to participate in this year’s Congress. Continue reading

Military Catholics March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio today led some 40 members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), in the annual National March for Life on the National Mall. The delegation included a group of Catholic cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, active-duty service personnel, Catholic military chaplains, and AMS staffers. The peaceful, pro-life demonstration was joined by tens of thousands on the one-mile route from 12th Street at the Mall, where President Trump spoke to a pre-march rally, to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion, was handed down 47 years ago this week. The theme of the National March for Life 2020 was “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.” Continue reading

Time Running Out to Apply for 2020 “Warriors to Lourdes” Spiritual Journey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Time is running out for current and former U.S. Military personnel, including the wounded, ill, and injured, to apply for an all-expenses-paid, round-trip journey to Lourdes during the 62nd annual Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI)—or “International Military Pilgrimage”—in May. All applications to join the “Warriors to Lourdes” (WTL) spiritual journey, May 12 to 19, must be received no later than Wednesday, Jan. 15. Continue reading

Catholic Military Couples Gather in Assisi, Italy, for Marriage Enrichment Retreat

ASSISI, ITALY – Twenty Catholic couples based at U.S. Military installations throughout Germany and Italy spent the weekend here in the hometown of Saint  Francis of Assisi on a Marriage Enrichment Retreat sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Dec. 6-8 retreat took place on a sunny hillside in Palazzo di Assisi, about an eight-minute drive from the center of town, at the local Diocesan Retreat Center, known as Villa Santa Tecla. Continue reading