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

Eagle Scout Benjamin Rawald of Laughlin Air Force Base Catholic Community Earns $5,000 College Scholarship

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) has awarded Eagle Scout Benjamin Rawald of Del Rio, TX, a first-place $5,000 college scholarship through the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship Fund. Mr. Rawald, 18, is a member of the Catholic Community at Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB), which lies within the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). He is a member of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 280 and Crew 280 sponsored by Elks Lodge #837. Continue reading

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ten men and women affiliated with the United States Military, all based in greater Washington, celebrated the Rite of Election on Sunday, March 1, 2020, in the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center, home base for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., presided at the 3:00 p.m. liturgy. Continue reading

EWTN’s The Church Universal to Focus on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and its Mission “Serving Those Who Serve”

IRONDALE, AL – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), and its mission “serving those who serve,” will be prominently featured next month on the EWTN program, The Church Universal. Host Father Joseph Mary Wolfe, MFVA, will talk with seven AMS clergymen, Catholic U.S. Military chaplains, and lay staff members about their ministry providing pastoral care to the men and women who defend our nation in uniform during three programs over a consecutive three-week period. Continue reading

Our Sunday Visitor Institute Awards $23,940 for Young Adult Catholic Outreach in U.S. Military

WASHINGTON, DC – The Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) Institute of Huntington, IN, has awarded a $23,940 grant to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), for the purpose of training young adult leaders to evangelize their non-practicing Catholic peers at U.S. Military installations. The grant will make it possible for the AMS to expand a pilot initiative it launched 18 months ago in partnership with Reach More™, an online coaching and training system of the Evangelical Catholic, a nonprofit specializing in Catholic ministry consulting and evangelization training. Continue reading

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