Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center to Reopen on Monday, June 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C., issued an order authorizing—effective Monday, June 22, 2020—Phase Two for reopening the District of Columbia from the March 25 coronavirus shutdown. Based on the Mayor’s Order for Phase Two and the recommendations for successive phases by the ReOpen DC Advisory Group, Archbishop Timothy Broglio has approved a framework for reopening the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center, home base of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Archbishop Timothy Broglio to Livestream 9:00 a.m. (EDT) Sunday Mass for Duration of COVID-19 Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Beginning this Sunday, May 10, 2020, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will livestream a weekly 9:00 a.m. (EDT) Sunday Mass 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).  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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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

Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center Closed Until Further Notice Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As of today, the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center is closed to the public until further notice due to concern about spread of the novel coronavirus. The Pastoral Center on Michigan Avenue in northeast Washington is headquarters for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). It is normally open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio ordered the temporary shutdown in response to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s May 24 order temporarily ceasing onsite non-essential business activities in the District of Columbia and prohibiting gatherings of ten or more people. Mayor Bowser’s order is effective from last night at 10:00 p.m. through April 24, 2020, unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. AMS staffers who are able will telework from home and be accessible by email or telephone. Any updates on the status of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center will be posted on the AMS website, www.milarch.org. 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