Archbishop Timothy Broglio to Celebrate Veterans Day Mass in Downtown Washington, DC, at Saint Dominic Church

WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will celebrate a 7:00 p.m. (EST) Veterans Day Mass on Friday, Nov. 11, at Saint Dominic Church, 501 6th St. SW, Washington, DC, 20024-2716. Directions are available on the church website. All veterans, active-duty, reserve, discharged, or retired, are welcome to come and participate, and bring their families. The Mass is open to the public. Continue reading

Father Capodanno Activity Patch Now Available for Scouts and Others—Children, Pre-Teens, Teens, and Adults

WASHINGTON, DC — Scouts and other children, pre-teens, teens, and even adults now have the opportunity to earn a Father Capodanno Activity Patch. The round patch, bearing the name and image of Vietnam War hero and Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, CHC, LT, USN (1929-1967), has been authorized by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA. The Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), appears on the patch alongside Father Capodanno’s image. Continue reading

Twenty-Six Men Explore Possible Vocations as U.S. Military Chaplains in Discernment Retreat

BALTIMORE — Twenty-six men discerning possible vocations as Catholic priests and U.S. Military chaplains came together in Baltimore over the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct. 2 for a discernment retreat aimed at helping them hear God’s call. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), held the four-day retreat at St. Mary’s Seminary under the direction of the Vocations Office. Among the retreatants were three cadets from the U.S. Military Academy West Point and one from the Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) , a Marine,  six sailors, five midshipmen, two airmen and eight civilians. AMS Vocations Director Father S. Matthew Gray directed the retreat. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.,  Archbishop for the Military Services, participated and celebrated Holy Mass twice for those gathered. Continue reading

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

EMMITSBURG, MD – The Sisters and Daughters of Charity who lovingly care for the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton welcomed nearly 300 visitors on Sunday for its annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA (AMS), was the principal celebrant and homilist for the 3:30 p.m. (EDT) Mass, which was broadcast live on EWTN.
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Co-Sponsored Seminarians Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thirty-five prospective Catholic U.S. Military chaplains from 27 dioceses, one eparchy, and one community of apostolic life gathered in the Nation’s Capital over the weekend of Sept. 2-4 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. AMS Vocations Director Father S. Matthew Gray, Ch, Capt, USAF, directed the gathering.  Continue reading

Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Reverend Mr. David B. Chacko, (1LT), USAR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, Sept. 10, in his home Archdiocese of San Antonio. The new deacon, an alumnus of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is on track to be ordained a priest next year and hopes eventually to serve as an active-duty Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Army, and provide pastoral care to Catholic soldiers and their families with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Memorial Mass Scheduled SEPT. 6, 2022 for Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

The annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy chaplain and Vietnam War hero, will be celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in observance of the 55th anniversary of his death on a Vietnam battlefield. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the United States Military Services, will be the main celebrant and homilist. Continue reading

SALUTE Magazine Honored with Five First-Place Awards at Catholic Media Conference

PORTLAND, OR – The Catholic Media Association saluted SALUTE Magazine with five first-place awards on Thursday night, June 7, 2022, at the organization’s annual Catholic Media Conference in Portland, OR. SALUTE is the quarterly news magazine of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Edited by Ms. Jo Ann Redmond under the direction of Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., SALUTE has a circulation of approximately 50,000 worldwide. Continue reading

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

HUNTERSVILLE, NC – Father Darren Balkey, ENS, USNR, a candidate for United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 18, in his home Diocese of Charlotte. The new priest hopes eventually to serve as a U.S. Navy chaplain, 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

American Warriors to Lourdes to Join Thousands of International Military Pilgrims

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, more than 230 active-duty and retired U.S. Military personnel, caregivers, companions, and friends will take part in the annual Warriors to Lourdes spiritual journey dedicated to individual healing and a more peaceful world. The May 10-16 entourage will provide substantial U.S. representation to the 62nd annual “Pèlerinage Militaire International” (PMI), or International Military Pilgrimage, taking place at Lourdes May 13-15. Continue reading

AMS Chancellor Reflects on Need for Support as Home Diocese of Venice, FL, Prepares to Take Up Special Collection

VENICE, FL – At Sunday Masses the weekend of May 14-15, Florida Catholics in the Diocese of Venice will have an opportunity to contribute to a special collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Father Robert R. Cannon, Ch, Col, USAF (Ret.), knows first-hand the value of such a gift from anyone who can contribute. Not only is Father Cannon a priest of the Diocese of Venice, he is also the AMS’s chancellor in Washington, DC.  He is a vital contact for fellow Catholic priests serving worldwide as U.S. Military chaplains, a position he held for almost 30 years.
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Catholic U.S. Air Force Chaplain Candidate Ordained a Transitional Deacon in Cincinnati

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

Father Daniel L. Mode, CHC (CAPT), USN, Assumes Watch as New Chaplain of the U.S. Coast Guard

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

Archbishop Broglio to Celebrate 28th Annual Memorial Mass on May 22 at National Shrine

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

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio Consecrates and Blesses Sacramental Oils at Annual Chrism Mass

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