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

EMMITSBURG, MD. – The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton welcomed more than four hundred visitors Sunday for its annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the Patroness of the Sea Services, which include the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and Public Health Service. The pilgrimage is co-sponsored each year by the Seton Shrine and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) to pray for those who serve, and those who served. Continue reading

Vice Admiral P. Stephen Stanley, USN (Ret.), Appointed Board Chairman of Father Vincent Capodanno Guild

WASHINGTON, DC –Vice Admiral P. Stephen Stanley, USN (Ret.), has been appointed Chairman of the governing board of the Father Vincent Capodanno Guild. The Guild is a private Catholic Church association and not-for-profit corporation established in 2013 to promote the Cause for Canonization of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, Servant of God. Father Capodanno, a U.S. Navy chaplain lieutenant, was killed in action during the Vietnam War while anointing and aiding U.S. Marines in combat against the North Vietnamese army. The Maryknoll priest from Staten Island, NY, posthumously received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration. The Holy See’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints is now considering his Cause. Should the Congregation deem Father Capodanno’s Cause worthy to proceed with canonization, he will next be beatified and then declared a saint. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Deacon in Rome

ROME – The Reverend Mr. Timothy G. Mergen, 2d Lt, USAFR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Thursday, Oct. 3, in Rome. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the United States Air Force with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). He is tentatively scheduled to be ordained a priest next year in his home Diocese of Madison, WI. Continue reading

Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services Planned for Oct. 6 at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

EMMITSBURG, MD – Come to the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and pray for servicemen and women at the Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services on Sunday, Oct. 6, in Emmitsburg, MD. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the Patroness of the Sea Services, which include the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Public Health Service. The late John Joseph Cardinal O’Connor advocated for her designation as the Patroness of the Sea Services in 1977 when he served as the U.S. Navy Chief of Chaplains. The 3:00 p.m. (EDST) Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland, CA, who also served for many years as a chaplain in the Naval Reserve. Continue reading

U.S. Military Personnel Including Wounded, Ill, and Injured Invited to Apply for Warriors to Lourdes Spiritual Journey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Military personnel, including the wounded, ill, and injured, are invited to apply for an all-expenses-paid, round-trip journey to the Marian grotto and spring baths at Lourdes, France, during the 62nd annual Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI)—or “International Military Pilgrimage.” Continue reading

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Francis X. Roque Passes to Eternal Life

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Most Reverend Francis X. Roque, D.D., CH (COL), USA (Ret.), ended his earthly pilgrimage on Thursday, September 12, 2019. He was 90. Bishop Roque, a 21-year-veteran of the U.S. Army chaplain corps, served as Auxiliary Bishop first in the Military Vicariate and then in the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), under Archbishops Joseph T. Ryan, Joseph T. Dimino, and Edwin F. O’Brien from 1983 to 2004. Bishop Roque died peacefully, less than a month shy of his 91st birthday and just a few days before the 66th anniversary of his priestly ordination, at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket, RI, an assisted care home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, where he had lived in quiet retirement for the past few years. He is survived by dozens of nieces and nephews. Continue reading

Catholic Military Chaplains Launch Series of Convocations Focused on Marriage

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – How can Catholic U.S. Military couples hold down a successful marriage in a lifestyle built on frequent moves, long separations, persistent career pressure, and growing secularization? That is the main topic Catholic military chaplains will explore over the next couple of months in a series of convocations starting this week in San Diego. Continue reading

Memorial Mass Scheduled Sept. 4 for Father Vincent R. Capodanno

The annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C., 20017. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Continue reading

Support Free Exercise of Catholic Faith in U.S. Military on Day of Giving, July 21-22

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All who support the free exercise of Catholic faith in the U.S. Military have a unique opportunity this weekend to do their part. The occasion is Sunday, July 21, the 34th birthday of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA(AMS), which Pope Saint John Paul II erected in 1985 to provide pastoral care to Catholics in the U.S. Armed Forces. To celebrate the occasion, the AMS is sponsoring its first-ever “Day of Giving.” On the Day of Giving, the public may wish the AMS a “Happy Birthday” with a present in the form of a donation, large or small, at www.milarch.org/dayofgiving. Continue reading

Ten Catholic Priests Gather to Discern Possible “Vocation Within a Vocation” as U.S. Military Chaplains

WASHINGTON, DC – Ten Catholic priests from religious communities and U.S. dioceses throughout the United States are gathered in Washington, DC, this week for a five-day retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called to serve as U.S. Military chaplains. The retreat, called “For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve,” is meant to inspire participating priests as they discern this “vocation within a vocation.” 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

Two Prominent Military Catholics Receive Medal of the Archdiocese

WASHINGTON, DC – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, has awarded the Medal of the Archdiocese, its highest honor, to two prominent military Catholics. Father Paul K. Hurley, CH (GEN), USA (Retired), received the medal in a May 30 ceremony at Fort Myer celebrating his retirement as U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, a post he has held for the past four years. At the U.S Army Garrison Hawaii, meanwhile, the garrison’s Catholic Pastoral Life Coordinator, Mrs. Tracey Harger (pictured), received the medal on June 11. Continue reading