This Weekend: Support Free Exercise of Catholic Faith in the U.S. Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Catholics nationwide will have an opportunity this weekend to offer charitable support for pastoral care to the faithful in the United States Military, the nation’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, and those working in a civilian capacity for the U.S. government in other countries. Most U.S. parishes will take up the National Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) at Sunday Masses the weekend of Nov. 5-6, 2022. (Some dioceses have already taken up the collection and others will do so as late as early in 2023.) AMS faithful will also have an opportunity to participate with a suggested designated offering to be taken the same weekend, or by making an individual donation. Continue reading

Twenty-Six Men Explore Possible Vocations as U.S. Military Chaplains in Discernment Retreat

BALTIMORE — Twenty-six men discerning possible vocations as Catholic priests and U.S. Military chaplains came together in Baltimore over the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct. 2 for a discernment retreat aimed at helping them hear God’s call. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), held the four-day retreat at St. Mary’s Seminary under the direction of the Vocations Office. Among the retreatants were three cadets from the U.S. Military Academy West Point and one from the Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) , a Marine,  six sailors, five midshipmen, two airmen and eight civilians. AMS Vocations Director Father S. Matthew Gray directed the retreat. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.,  Archbishop for the Military Services, participated and celebrated Holy Mass twice for those gathered. Continue reading

Pilgrimage for the Sea Services Draws Hundreds to National Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton

EMMITSBURG, MD – The Sisters and Daughters of Charity who lovingly care for the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton welcomed nearly 300 visitors on Sunday for its annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA (AMS), was the principal celebrant and homilist for the 3:30 p.m. (EDT) Mass, which was broadcast live on EWTN.
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Co-Sponsored Seminarians Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thirty-five prospective Catholic U.S. Military chaplains from 27 dioceses, one eparchy, and one community of apostolic life gathered in the Nation’s Capital over the weekend of Sept. 2-4 for the annual Labor Day weekend gathering for Co-Sponsored Seminarians. The gathering, hosted each year by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is a three-day celebration of prayer, fraternity, and face-to-face dialogue between the chaplain candidates, AMS clergy and staff, and His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services. AMS Vocations Director Father S. Matthew Gray, Ch, Capt, USAF, directed the gathering.  Continue reading

Vocations Director S. Matthew Gray to Lead Eucharistic Revival Novena to Saint John Vianney for Vocations

WASHINGTON, DC — As the United States Military energetically seeks more Catholic priests to serve as active-duty chaplains in all branches, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), has chosen a more powerful approach by invoking divine intervention through prayer. Beginning Wednesday, July 27, and continuing through Thursday, Aug. 4, Vocations Director Father S. Matthew Gray will lead the faithful in an online novena. The term “novena” comes from the Latin word for “nine”—“novem.” A novena is series of prayers for special petitions, said for nine consecutive days. While novenas may be offered to any one of a number of saints, this one will implore the intercession of Saint John Vianney (1786-1859), the patron saint of parish priests. The timing coincides with the three-year Eucharistic Revival, an initiative approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) last November to rekindle awareness of the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharistic Revival, which began on June 19, the Feast of Corpus Christi, will culminate in 2024 with a National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, IN.  Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain Ordained a Transitional Deacon in Richmond, VA

RICHMOND, VA – The Reverend Mr. Armando Herrera (1LT), USAR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Richmond, VA. He hopes eventually to serve as a U.S. Army chaplain with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The new deacon is on track to be ordained a priest in December and hopes to go on active duty following a three-year period of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Richmond under a co-sponsorship agreement between the diocese and the AMS. Continue reading

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

ARLINGTON, VA – Father Peter J. St. George, LTJG, USNR, a candidate for the United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 4, 2022, 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 priest plans to go on active duty following a three-year period of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Arlington under a co-sponsorship agreement with the AMS. In his first assignment, he will serve as parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in California

SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Reverend Mr. Carlos A. Warfield, (1LT), USAR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 21, in his home Diocese of Monterey. The new deacon is on track to be ordained a priest next year and hopes eventually to serve as an active-duty Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Army providing pastoral care to Catholic soldiers and their families with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Lincoln, NE

LINCOLN, NE – Father Liam O’Shea-Creal, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, May 28, in Lincoln, NE. 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). His intention is to go on active duty following a three-year period of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Lincoln under a co-sponsorship agreement between the Diocese and the AMS. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Catholic Priest in Savannah, GA

SAVANNAH, GA – Father William (Will) C. Cook, LTJG, USNR, a former active-duty U.S. Marine and prospective U.S. Military chaplain, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 4, in Savannah, GA. Eventually, the new priest hopes to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Navy with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).  Continue reading

AMS Chancellor Reflects on Need for Support as Home Diocese of Venice, FL, Prepares to Take Up Special Collection

VENICE, FL – At Sunday Masses the weekend of May 14-15, Florida Catholics in the Diocese of Venice will have an opportunity to contribute to a special collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Father Robert R. Cannon, Ch, Col, USAF (Ret.), knows first-hand the value of such a gift from anyone who can contribute. Not only is Father Cannon a priest of the Diocese of Venice, he is also the AMS’s chancellor in Washington, DC.  He is a vital contact for fellow Catholic priests serving worldwide as U.S. Military chaplains, a position he held for almost 30 years.
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Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH – The Reverend Mr. Stephen J. Hughes, 2d Lt, USAF, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, April 23, in his home Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The new deacon is on track to be ordained a priest next year and hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Air Force providing pastoral care to Catholic airmen and their families with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).  Continue reading

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

MENLO PARK, CA – Nineteen men are gathered here this weekend for a March 31-April 3 discernment retreat aimed at helping them discern if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and U.S. Military chaplains. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is holding the retreat at St. Patrick’s Seminary in hopes of relieving a chronic shortage of Catholic priests on active duty. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Shares Disappointment of Faithful over U.S. Navy Shutdown of Catholic Chapel-Based Programs in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA – Respecting the COVID-imposed restrictive social distancing, the faithful filled the chapel at the San Diego Naval Station (32nd Street) two times on Sunday, Sept. 26, to mark the end of an era. In a cost-cutting move, the U.S. Navy decided to end the Catholic chapel-based program at the installation and the faithful wanted to participate in one last Sunday Mass. Continue reading

Co-Sponsored Seminarians Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thirty prospective Catholic U.S. Military chaplains from 23 dioceses and one religious community assembled in the Nation’s Capital over the weekend for the annual Labor Day Weekend Gathering for Co-Sponsored Seminarians. The gathering, hosted each year by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is a three-day celebration of prayer, fraternity, and face-to-face dialogue between the chaplain candidates, AMS clergy and staff, and His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services. This year, for the first time, Father S. Matthew Gray, the new AMS Director of Vocations, directed the gathering.  Continue reading