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 Mayor Bowser’s order is effective from last night at 10:00 p.m. through April 24, 2020, unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended.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

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained Transitional Deacon in Fort Worth, Texas

FORTH WORTH, TX — The Rev. Mr. Jason Allan was among a half-dozen candidates for the Catholic priesthood ordained transitional deacons on Thursday, March 19, in a solemn Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth. A seminarian at the Theological College, the national seminary of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, Deacon Allan is on track to become a U.S. Navy chaplain with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The new deacon, 26, hopes to be ordained a priest on May 15, 2021, and go on active duty after three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Fort Worth. 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

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

MENLO PARK, CA — Eight men from three service branches of the United States Armed Forces and four civilians will gather here this weekend for a March 12-15 discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is conducting the annual retreat at St. Patrick’s Seminary. The prospective chaplain candidates include two from the Army; one from the Navy; five from the Air Force; and four civilians. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Deacon in Denver

DENVER – The Reverend Mr. Anthony Davis, ENS, USN, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Denver, CO. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Navy with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The new deacon is tentatively scheduled 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 Denver. Continue reading

For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve

States Military is in desperate need of more Catholic priests to serve as active-duty military chaplains. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is pressing forward with efforts to fill the need. This summer, the AMS will hold its sixth, all-expenses-paid discernment retreat for priests who are already incardinated in a U.S. diocese or religious order and currently engaged in pastoral service, but who may sense a further call to military chaplaincy. The retreat, called “For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve,” will be held June 22-26, 2020, in Washington, DC. 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

Joyful Momentum by Elizabeth A. Tomlin Shows How to Build Women’s Ministry in Catholic Faith Communities

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, WA – Women are no doubt the unsung heroes of Catholic family life in the United States Military. Those on active duty, like their male counterparts, must endure painful separations from their spouses and children while on long deployments. Those not in uniform themselves but married to active-duty servicemen are left to do the parenting, pay the bills, and manage the household while their husbands are away for months on end. Women in these circumstances have many common interests and concerns, but the transient military lifestyle, where families change duty stations every two or three years, makes it hard to build lasting support groups or ministries of faith. Now, Joyful Momentum (Ave Maria Press), a new book by Ms. Elizabeth A. Tomlin, Esq., provides a road map to building a vibrant, self-sustaining Catholic women’s ministry, whether on a military installation or, for that matter, in a civilian parish. 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

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

BALTIMORE—More than two dozen 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 ninth annual Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC). The Congress is co-sponsored by 20 Catholic organizations and publishers, including the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). It provides diocesan and parish staffs and volunteers a forum in which to explore current challenges in the common areas of faith formation, management, finances, human resources, and planning. MAC 2020 will take place at the Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt Street. More than 1,000 are expected to participate in this year’s Congress. Continue reading