Archbishop Timothy Broglio Calls on Faithful to Show Gratitude for American Veterans on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On the occasion of Veterans Day, when the Nation pauses to honor those who have served in war or peace, living and deceased, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA is calling on the faithful to show their gratitude “for the sacrifice service members, veterans, and their families make for the benefit of us all.” Continue reading

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 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

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Celebrates Combined Memorial/Father Capodanno Mass

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, celebrated the combined annual Memorial Mass for all who serve or have served in the U.S. Military, and the Memorial Mass for Vietnam War hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., Servant of God. The two Masses, normally celebrated separately at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, were combined and moved to the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Centerdue to social distancing guidelines imposed by the City of Washington, D.C., over the COVID-19 pandemic. 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

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

New Judicial Vicar Appointed for Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

WASHINGTON, DC — The Reverend Mark Rutherford, J.C.L., of Williamston, MI, has been appointed Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., announced the appointment today. As Judicial Vicar, Father Rutherford will be responsible for overseeing the work of the archdiocesan Tribunal, which handles matters of canon law including cases concerning the nullity of marriage. He succeeds Father Christopher Armstrong, J.C.D., S.T.D., who is returning to his home Archdiocese of Cincinnati after nearly six years as AMS Judicial Vicar. Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio to Join Brother Bishops in Re-Consecration of U.S. and Canada to Blessed Mother

WASHINGTON, D.C. — His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., will virtually join his brother Catholic bishops throughout the United States and Canada on May 1, 2020, in renewing the consecration of the two nations to the care of the Blessed Mother in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 3:00 p.m. (EDT) re-consecration will be led in Los Angeles by Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, with U.S. and Canadian bishops joining in their respective dioceses. Archbishop Broglio will take part in the prayer of consecration from the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in Washington, D.C., home base for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The AMS will live stream Archbishop Broglio’s participation on its Facebook page beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The faithful are invited to take part online.  
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Two Catholic U.S. Military Chaplain Candidates Ordained Transitional Deacons in Ohio

CINCINNATI, OH – Two prospective Catholic U.S. Military chaplains were ordained transitional deacons on Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Cincinnati, OH. The Reverend Mr. Michael Kapolka, 2d Lt, USAFR, and the Rev. Mr. Edward Hoffmann, (1LT) IRR, (both highlighted in photo) hope eventually to serve as priests on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading