CINCINNATI, OH – The Reverend Mr. Stephen J. Hughes, 2d Lt, USAF, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, April 23, in his home Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The new deacon is on track to be ordained a priest next year and hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Air Force providing pastoral care to Catholic airmen and their families with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading
WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, April 20, Father Daniel L. Mode, CHC (CAPT), USN, assumed watch as the new Chaplain of the U.S. Coast Guard, the service’s top-ranking officer for religious ministry. The induction took place in a 90-minute Change of Watch ceremony at Coast Guard headquarters in southeast Washington. Father Mode relieves Rev. Thomas J. Walcott of the Christian Reformed Church, who is retiring from military service after 28 years, the last four of which he served as Chaplain of the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard relies on the U.S. Navy to provide ministry and pastoral care to more than 40,000 “Coasties” on active duty and their families along with thousands of reservists, civilians, and auxiliarists. Both Father Mode and Rev. Walcott are Navy chaplains. Continue reading
WASHINGTON, DC – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), has announced the date and time for its 28th annual Memorial Mass. The Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. (EDST) on Sunday, May 22, 2022, in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast in Washington, D.C. Continue reading
WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday evening, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, blessed and consecrated sacred oils for sacramental use over the coming year in Catholic communities on U.S. Military sites worldwide, and in the nation’s VA Medical Centers. The rite of blessing took place at the annual Chrism Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), which His Excellency celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Dozens of Catholic U.S. Military chaplains and priests in service to the Archdiocese concelebrated the 6:00 p.m. Mass and renewed their ministerial commitment following Archbishop Broglio’s homily. Continue reading
MENLO PARK, CA – Nineteen men are gathered here this weekend for a March 31-April 3 discernment retreat aimed at helping them discern if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and U.S. Military chaplains. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is holding the retreat at St. Patrick’s Seminary in hopes of relieving a chronic shortage of Catholic priests on active duty. Continue reading
ARLINGTON, VA –– Today, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, joined Pope Francis and fellow bishops worldwide in consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At the exact hour the Bishop of Rome prayed over the warring Nations in a penitential celebration at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican—5:00 p.m. in Rome and noon on the U.S. East Coast—Archbishop Broglio repeated the same prayer in the Memorial Chapel at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA. More than 70 U.S. Military-affiliated Catholics and others participated in the Holy Mass and consecration. Continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This coming Friday, March 25—the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Blessed Mother—Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The consecration will take place during a penitential celebration presided over by the pope in St. Peter’s Basilica at 5:00 p.m. Rome time.
The Bishop of Rome has invited all bishops and priests throughout the world to join him in the consecration preferably at the same hour. In union with the pope, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will include the prayer of consecration on Friday during a noon Mass in the Memorial Chapel at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, 101 McNair Road, Building 480, Fort Myer, VA.
WASHINGTON, DC — Draw near to the Lord! That entreaty from the Gospel of Luke 15:1 was the theme of a virtual Lenten day of recollection hosted on Thursday, March 10. 2022, by the evangelization staff of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), for U.S. Military-affiliated Catholics based worldwide. “It would be a mistake for us to think that we can go out in search of the Lord, and when we find Him, to draw near to Him,” said Auxiliary Bishop William (Bill) Muhm, giving the main reflection. “No,” he said, “we draw near to Him by allowing Him to draw near to us.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON, DC — Fourteen aspiring Catholics affiliated with the United States Military, all based in greater Washington, celebrated the Rite of Election on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, presided at the 3:00 p.m. celebration.
BETHESDA, MD — His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, imploring the noon congregation of staffers and service members to “return to the Lord” during the holy season of Lent as Russian troops rampage through Ukraine, killing innocent civilians, inflicting mass destruction, and causing a humanitarian crisis while hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians seek refuge in other countries. Continue reading
“The world watches in horror as one European Nation invades another and we cry out: when will the insanity cease? In the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, the concern is immediate. As I make pastoral visits to military installations in Wyoming and Colorado, I can feel the tension and the uncertainty. Many troops are already deployed in central Europe and others are on the way.” Continue reading
DENVER, CO — Some of the nation’s best and brightest future military leaders were among more than 22,000 people from 20 countries to encounter Christ during SEEK22 (seek.focus.org), a hybrid, immersive broadcast hosted by FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) over the weekend of Feb. 4-6. Clergy, parishioners, college students, and benefactors explored the Gospel and the call to missionary discipleship in local and regional gatherings. They included a gathering of 80 midshipmen at St. Andrew by the Bay Catholic Church near the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and 25 Air Force cadets at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, CO, not far from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Additionally, more than 80 Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, CT, will hold a similar gathering around recordings of the broadcast this coming weekend in Norwalk, CT.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dozens of Catholic U.S. Military personnel and members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), walked in the 49th annual March for Life on Friday along the National Mall. The delegation included cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy, and dozens of others in Washington to attend the AMS’s Young Adult Ministry Symposium this past weekend in Crystal City, VA. Continue reading
CRYSTAL CITY, VA — More than 60 U.S. Military-affiliated Catholic young adults, priests, chaplains, pastoral leaders, and support staff are gathered in Crystal City, VA, this weekend for the first-ever, in-person Young Adult Ministry Symposium sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Jan. 20-23 forum at the Hilton Crystal City at Reagan National Airport comes in response to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Christus Vivit (“Christ is Alive”). Continue reading
STOCKBRIDGE, MA – Father Matthew Tomeny, MIC, LTJG, USNR, a candidate for active-duty U.S. Military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021—the Feast of St. John the Evangelist—in Stockbridge, MA. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic Navy chaplain with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The new priest plans to go on active duty following a three-year period of pastoral service in his religious community, the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception (the Marians), under a co-sponsorship agreement between the Marians and the AMS.