Archdiocese Holds First-Ever Virtual Advent Retreat for Catholic Faith Leaders on U.S. Military Installations Worldwide

WASHINGTON, DC — Advent, the four-week liturgical season before Christmas, is a time of waiting, conversion, and hopeful preparation as Catholics journey together toward celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. This year, Advent began on Nov. 28, and for the first time ever, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), held a Virtual Advent Retreat for those leading the journey on U.S. Military installations worldwide. On Dec. 1, more than 50 U.S. Military-affiliated catechists, coordinators of religious education (CREs), Catholic pastoral life coordinators, priests, and others based throughout the United States and in countries from Europe and the Middle East to Asia came together on Zoom for the 90-minute retreat focused on prayer and reflection in preparation for the Lord’s coming. The same retreat was conducted twice in one day—at 6:00 a.m. ET and again at 2:00 p.m. ET—giving participants in all time zones a convenient option.
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Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Kicks Off 2022 National Collection at Annual Benefit

WASHINGTON, DC – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), availed itself of the Solemnity of Christ the King, the final Sunday of the liturgical year, to support the evangelization efforts in the military.  At the same time its 2022 National Collection campaign was kicked off. The collection, to be taken up in Catholic parishes throughout the United States at weekend Masses Nov. 5-6, 2022, will support pastoral care and ministry to Catholic families stationed worldwide in the U.S. Military and Catholic patients in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers throughout the country. Continue reading

Knights of Columbus Volunteers Deliver First of 100,000 Copies of Armed with the Faith Catholic Prayer Book to Active-Duty Military Personnel

WASHINGTON, DC – On Nov. 9, Knights of Columbus volunteers, including some serving in the military, delivered the first of 100,000 copies of the new 6th edition of the Armed with the Faith Catholic prayer book to the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in Washington, D.C., home base for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The prayer books will be sent to active-duty U.S. Military personnel serving our country around the world.  Continue reading

Catholic Military Couples Gather in Atlanta for Marriage Enrichment Retreat

ATLANTA, GA – Eight Catholic couples based at U.S. Military installations throughout the southern United States spent the weekend in Atlanta, GA, on a Marriage Enrichment Retreat sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Oct. 1-3 retreat took place at the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center on a quiet spot in the woods along the Chattahoochee River. The retreat was facilitated by Dr. Mark Moitoza, Th.D., D. Min., AMS Vice-Chancellor for Evangelization. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., was on hand,  and celebrated Holy Mass with the couples. Continue reading

Archbishop Broglio Shares Disappointment of Faithful over U.S. Navy Shutdown of Catholic Chapel-Based Programs in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA – Respecting the COVID-imposed restrictive social distancing, the faithful filled the chapel at the San Diego Naval Station (32nd Street) two times on Sunday, Sept. 26, to mark the end of an era. In a cost-cutting move, the U.S. Navy decided to end the Catholic chapel-based program at the installation and the faithful wanted to participate in one last Sunday Mass. Continue reading

Co-Sponsored Seminarians Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thirty prospective Catholic U.S. Military chaplains from 23 dioceses and one religious community assembled in the Nation’s Capital over the weekend for the annual Labor Day Weekend Gathering for Co-Sponsored Seminarians. The gathering, hosted each year by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is a three-day celebration of prayer, fraternity, and face-to-face dialogue between the chaplain candidates, AMS clergy and staff, and His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services. This year, for the first time, Father S. Matthew Gray, the new AMS Director of Vocations, directed the gathering.  Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Ordained Priest in Anchorage, AK

ANCHORAGE, AK – Father Madison Hayes, 2d Lt, USAFR, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Anchorage, AK. He plans eventually to serve on active duty as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The new priest celebrated his first post-ordination Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River, AK. Continue reading

Live Televised Memorial Mass Scheduled SEPT. 7, 2021 for Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

WASHINGTON, DC – The annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, will be celebrated on Sept. 7, 2021, at 6:30 p,m. EDT in the Crypt Church the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Continue reading

Monsignor Jeffrey G. Laible Takes Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s official: the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), has a new Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Monsignor Jeffrey G. Laible of the Diocese of Peoria, IL, made the requisite Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity as he assumes the new role. He succeeds Monsignor John J.M. Foster, J.C.D., who is returning to his home Diocese of Stockton, CA, to serve as pastor of the Cathedral of the Annunciation following eight years of productive service to the AMS.  Continue reading

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

WASHINGTON, DC — Thirteen men from many service branches of the United States Armed Forces will gather here this weekend for a June 24-27 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 holding the semi-annual retreat at Theological College, the national seminary of the Catholic University of America. The prospective chaplain candidates include three now serving in the Army, two in the Marine Corps, one in the Navy, two in the Air Force, and five civilians. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain Ordained Priest in Austin, TX

AUSTIN, TX – Father Callan Sweeney, (1LT), USA, a candidate for the United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 5, in Austin, TX. He plans eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The new priest is on track to go on active duty following a three-year period of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Austin under its seminarian co-sponsorship agreement with the AMS. Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in North Carolina

HUNTERSVILLE, NC – The Reverend Mr. Darren Balkey, ENS, USNR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, June 5, in his home Diocese of Charlotte. The new deacon hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Navy, providing pastoral care to Catholic Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families, with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Deacon in Lincoln, NE

LINCOLN, NE – The Reverend Mr. Liam O’Shea-Creal, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Friday, May 28, in Lincoln, NE. He plans eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Navy with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The new deacon is on track to be ordained a priest next year. His intention is to go on active duty following a three-year period of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Lincoln under a co-sponsorship agreement between the Diocese and the AMS. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained Priest in Texas

FORTH WORTH, TX — Father Jason Allan, a prospective Catholic U.S. Navy chaplain, was ordained a priest on Saturday, May 22, 2021, in a solemn Mass at Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in Arlington, TX. Having completed his priestly formation at Theological College in Washington, DC—the national seminary of The Catholic University of America—Father Allan, 27, is on track to go on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Under the terms of the co-sponsorship agreement between the AMS and Father Allan’s home Diocese of Forth Worth, he will be eligible for military service after an initial three year period of pastoral work in Texas. Continue reading