Support Free Exercise of Faith in U.S. Military Through Triennial National Collection and AMS Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Catholics will have a rare opportunity early next month to offer charitable support for pastoral care to the faithful in the United States Military and the nation’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers. A special second collection will be taken up in parishes nationwide for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). This special collection for the AMS is taken only once every three years with the approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Most parishes will take up the Triennial National Collection at Sunday Masses the weekend of Nov. 9-10, or as otherwise determined by an individual diocese or parish. Military Catholics who attend Mass at nondenominational base chapels where no second collections are taken may nevertheless give the same weekend through the AMS Appeal. Continue reading

Eagle Scout Joseph Lepak of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Earns $2,000 Scholarship

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has awarded 18-year old Eagle Scout and high school graduate Joseph Lepak of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall a $2,000 college scholarship through the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship Fund. Mr. Lepak is one of seven recipients to receive a Doerr scholarship this year, and he is the first member of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), to be so honored. The AMS Office of Evangelization encourages scouting as an effective way to promote a comprehensive approach to Catholic Youth Ministry. The development of leadership skills along with opportunities to grow in faith, through religious emblems and activities, makes scouting a dynamic opportunity for military-connected youth. Mr. Lepak was nominated for the scholarship by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services. Continue reading

Military Young Adult Retreat Draws 30 to Alhambra, California

ALHAMBRA, CA. – How to discern God’s voice in everyday life? That was the question explored by thirty United States Military members and spouses in a three-day Military Young Adult Retreat held over the weekend in Alhambra, CA. The participants, who came from all five branches of the armed forces, gathered at the Retreat House of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles for the three-day retreat, which was sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Serving as Retreat Master was Father Brian Klingele (pictured), Ch, Capt, USAF, of Creech Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, was represented by AMS Auxiliary Bishop Joseph L. Coffey, Episcopal Vicar for Veterans Affairs.
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Catholic Catechists in U.S. Military Gather on West Coast for Los Angeles Religious Education Conference

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—A 35-member group of Catholics affiliated with the United States Military and the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), USA, is among thousands of Catholic catechetical lay leaders, instructors, and others gathered in Anaheim, CA, this weekend for the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The March 22-24 Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center under the theme, “Thirsting for Justice.” Continue reading

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

BALTIMORE—Sixty-six 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 eighth annual Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC). The Congress is co-sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers, which represents more than 60 Catholic publishers of books, music, videos, and other liturgical resources, and the Department of Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The conference gives diocesan and parish staffs and volunteers an opportunity to explore current challenges in the areas of management, finances, human resources, and planning. MAC 2019 will take place at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, 401 West Pratt Street. More than 1,300 are expected to participate in this year’s Congress, the theme of which is “Prophetic Discipleship.” Continue reading

World Youth Day Draws U.S. Military Catholics to Panamá

WASHINGTON, DC— Among the hundreds of thousands of young people from 155 countries who took part in World Youth Day Jan. 22-27 in Panamá, a half-dozen U.S. Military members participated with the support of their chapel communities and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS). Auxiliary Bishop Neal J. Buckon led the military young adult group, comprising servicemen and women from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, CA, and the Marine Corps Bases at Camp Lejeune, NC, and Camp Kinser on Okinawa, Japan. Continue reading

Catholic Faith Offers Stability for Young Adults in the U.S. Military, SEEK 2019 Delegates Learn at AMS Lunch Panel

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA—Where to find stability in a life on the move? That’s a pressing question for almost anyone serving in the U.S. Military, where a “Permanent Change of Station” (PCS) comes as frequently as every two or three years. In Indianapolis on Friday, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), sponsored a lunch panel on how the Catholic faith can serve as a bedrock for wandering warriors. Continue reading

Catholic Military Couples Gather in Southern California for Marriage Enrichment Retreat

ALHAMBRA, CA – Thirteen Catholic U.S. Military couples based in the western United States are gathering here today for a Dec. 7-9 Marriage Enrichment Retreat. The retreat, sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), will take place in the tranquil setting of the Sacred Heart Retreat House on Alhambra Road near Los Angeles. Continue reading

Support the Free Exercise of Catholic Faith in the U.S. Military and VA Medical Centers on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 27

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Supporters of the free exercise of Catholic faith in the U.S. Military will have an extraordinary opportunity later this month to show their support. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), will participate in #iGiveCatholic. Now in its fourth year, #iGiveCatholic is a 24-hour online giving event for the faithful in multiple archdioceses and dioceses worldwide to unite and raise as many charitable dollars as possible in a single day. #iGiveCatholic presents an opportunity for Catholics to donate and support the organizations that shape our souls on #GivingTuesday. Continue reading

AMS Delegation to V Encuentro Shows Readiness to Take Catholic Leadership Roles in Military

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS – Catholic Hispanic/Latinos in the U.S. Military are “ready to lead, not just be followers” in the Church’s mission to serve those who serve, “but they need formation, mentorship, and accompaniment” by the hierarchy. That is according to Mr. José  Amaya, Faith Formation Director of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS). Mr. Amaya shared those reflections after attending the national V Encuentro conference this past weekend in Grapevine, Texas, as part of an AMS delegation gathered from U.S. Military installations nationwide and overseas.  Continue reading

Catholic Military Families in Europe to Attend Catholic Family Retreat in Germany

WASHINGTON, DC – Nineteen Catholic U.S. Military families based in Europe will participate in an Aug. 17-19 Catholic Family Retreat sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), at the Schoenstatt Retreat Center in Vallendar, Germany. The weekend retreat is timed in anticipation of the Aug. 21-26 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, … Continue reading

AMS Director of Faith Formation First-Ever Recipient of Newly-Created Wineskins Award from National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

CHICAGO – On Friday, June 1, Mr. José Amaya, Director of Faith Formation for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) was honored to receive the newly-created Wineskins Award from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL). Mr. Amaya is the first-ever recipient of the Wineskins Award in the category of “Diocesan/Multi-Diocesan.” The NCCL established the award recently to: (1) highlight and celebrate extraordinary achievement occurring in a diocese (or diocesan clusters) in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis; (2) share successful initiatives that may benefit other dioceses; (3) encourage continued creative innovation in parish catechetical and evangelization efforts; and (4) reflect the spirit of the “new evangelization” promulgated by Saint Pope John Paul II and the General/National Directories for Catechesis. Continue reading

South Korea-Based Catholic U.S. Military Couples and Families Gather for Reflection on Faith

SEOUL, South Korea – Catholic married couples and families in service to the U.S. Military in South Korea are taking a deeper look at their faith lives this week in two separate gatherings organized with the support and cooperation of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). On Wednesday night, April 4, Dr. Mark Moitoza, AMS Vice-Chancellor of Evangelization, facilitated a marriage enrichment session for couples at the United States Army Garrison (USAG) Yongsan Memorial Chapel in Seoul. Meanwhile, nearly 30 miles southeast of that location, a Catholic Family Retreat will be held this weekend at the Yongmun Youth Camp. Continue reading

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

BALTIMORE—Sixty-five religious educators and members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) will be among Catholic lay leaders gathering in Baltimore, Md., this weekend for three days of training, discussion, and prayer at the seventh Annual Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC). The Congress, co-sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers and the Department of Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, gives diocesan and parish staffs and volunteers an opportunity to explore current challenges facing Catholic leaders in the areas of management, finances, human resources, and planning. MAC 2018 will take place at the Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt St. More than 1500 are expected to participate in this year’s Congress, which has as its theme “Hope.” Continue reading

Active-Duty Couples Invited to Register for First-Ever Catholic Marriage Enrichment Retreat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) is now taking registrations for its first-ever Catholic Marriage Enrichment Retreat. The retreat, for active duty couples who have been married at least two years, will be held Feb. 16-18, 2018, at the Bon Secours Retreat House in Marriottsville, Md., a 300-acre pastoral setting with abundant spaces for reflection, both indoors and outdoors. Continue reading