Children and Teenagers in Active-Duty Catholic Families Invited to Take the AMS Disciple Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Time to take the Challenge! The AMS “Disciple Challenge,” that is. The Office of Faith Formation of the AMS (Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA) has opened a two-month window from April 1 through May 31 for students in families on active duty to test and develop their knowledge of the Catholic Faith, free of charge, by answering Challenge questions ranging in complexity by grade level. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Deacon in Arlington, VA

ARLINGTON, VA – The Reverend Mr. Peter J. St. George, LTJG, USNR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, April 10, 2021, in Arlington, VA. 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). 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 Diocese of Arlington. Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio Consecrates and Blesses Sacramental Oils at Socially-Distanced Chrism Mass

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Sacred oils for sacramental and ecclesiastical use over the coming year on U.S. military sites worldwide and in the nation’s VA Medical Centers were blessed and consecrated Tuesday evening during a socially-distanced gathering at the annual Chrism Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Attendance was limited to no more than 60 members of the public due to crowd size restrictions imposed by the District of Columbia during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. During the Mass, Catholic U.S. Military chaplains, priests in service to, and friends of the Archdiocese also renewed their ministerial commitment. Continue reading

Virtual Lenten Retreat Scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, Under Theme, “At the Foot of the Cross”

WASHINGTON, DC — “At the Foot of the Cross” will be the theme of an international virtual Lenten retreat hosted by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), on March 24, 2021. U.S. Military-affiliated catechists, coordinators of religious education (CREs), Catholic pastoral life coordinators, and priests are all invited to take part. Participation is free. Continue reading

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five aspiring Catholics affiliated with the United States Military, all based in greater Washington, celebrated the Rite of Election on Sunday, February 21, 2021, in the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, presided at the 3:00 p.m. celebration.  Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio to Preside at Holy Hour for Vocations During FOCUS SEEK21 Virtual Conference

WASHINGTON, DC — His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA (AMS), will preside at a Holy Hour for Vocations on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (EST) in the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center. The Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be livestreamed on the AMS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/milarchusa. Continue reading

Archdiocese to Hold Webinar for Young Adult Catholics in the U.S. Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), will hold the fifth in a series of Young Adult Ministry webinars for U.S. Military-affiliated men and women from ages 18 to 39. Also encouraged to participate are military pastoral leaders—Catholic priest chaplains and chapel staff at installations worldwide. The 60-to-90-minute webinar will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 8:00 p.m. EST and twice on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 a.m. EST and again at 2:00 p.m. EST.  Each session will consist of a common keynote presentation and military young adult witness followed by individual live discussions. Registration is free. To register, visit milarch.org/symposium. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Calls Attention to USCCB President’s Inaugural Message to President Biden

WASHINGTON, DC – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, issued the following statement today calling the attention of the faithful to a message from the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to newly inaugurated President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.: Continue reading

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