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

Archdiocese Celebrates Priestly Ordination of Prospective U.S. Air Force Chaplain in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IND – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is celebrating the priestly ordination of a prospective new Catholic U.S. Air Force chaplain. Father Vincent (Vinny) Gillmore, 2d Lt, USAFR, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 1, in Indianapolis, IN. Father Gillmore, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, hopes to go on active duty with AMS endorsement and faculties once he completes three years of pastoral service in his home Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Arlington, VA

ARLINGTON, VA – Father Sean Koehr, a U.S. Navy chaplain candidate, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 8, in Arlington, VA. Father Koehr, 29, completed his priestly formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA, where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. He hopes 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) after three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Arlington. Continue reading

Military Young Adult Retreat Draws 30 to Alhambra, California

ALHAMBRA, CA. – How to discern God’s voice in everyday life? That was the question explored by thirty United States Military members and spouses in a three-day Military Young Adult Retreat held over the weekend in Alhambra, CA. The participants, who came from all five branches of the armed forces, gathered at the Retreat House of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles for the three-day retreat, which was sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Serving as Retreat Master was Father Brian Klingele (pictured), Ch, Capt, USAF, of Creech Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, was represented by AMS Auxiliary Bishop Joseph L. Coffey, Episcopal Vicar for Veterans Affairs.
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Prospective New Air Force Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Father Christopher Yakkel, a candidate for United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a priest on Saturday, May 25, in Columbus, Ohio. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Air Force with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Archdiocese Celebrates Diaconal Ordination of Prospective New Army Chaplain

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS –The Reverend Mr. Miguel Flores-Perez, a candidate for Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 18, in Round Rock, TX. Deacon Flores-Perez, 41, is in priestly formation at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. He hopes 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) after three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Austin. Continue reading

Memorial Mass Draws Hundreds to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly one-thousand Catholics gathered in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday for a 4:30 p.m. Mass to honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, living and deceased. The 25th Annual Memorial Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), was attended by service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, senior military officers, veterans, and family members including Gold Star Mothers. Continue reading

American Wounded Warriors to Join Thousands of International Military Pilgrims This Week in Lourdes

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, more than 200 active-duty and retired U.S. Military personnel will take part in the annual Warriors to Lourdes spiritual journey dedicated to individual healing and a more peaceful world. The May 14-21 journey is timed to coincide with the 61st annual “Pèlerinage Militaire International” (PMI), or International Military Pilgrimage. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain Ordained Transitional Deacon in Boca Raton, Florida

BOCA RATON, FL – The Reverend Mr. Adam Marchese, a candidate for Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Boca Raton, FL. Deacon Marchese, 29, is in priestly formation at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, where he is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), USA, after three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Orlando. Continue reading

Twenty-Two Men Gather for Discernment Retreat on Possible Vocations as U.S. Military Chaplains

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA—Twenty-two men including civilians and members of four service branches of the United States Armed Forces will gather here this weekend for a Feb. 28-March 3 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 three from the Army; four from the Navy; ten from the Air Force; one from the Coast Guard; and four civilians. Continue reading

Pope Francis Names Two New Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS)

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Holy See announced today that Pope Francis has named two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS). His Holiness elected Father William (Bill) Muhm (first photo, in collar), Captain, Navy Chaplain Corps, titular Bishop-elect of Capsus, and Father Joseph L. Coffey, Captain (Select), Navy Chaplain Corps, titular Bishop-elect of Arsacalitan. Continue reading

Military Catholics March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio (left in photo) today led some 40 members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), in the annual March for Life on the National Mall. The delegation included a group of Catholic cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, active-duty service personnel, Catholic military chaplains, and AMS staffers. The peaceful, pro-life demonstration was joined by tens of thousands on the one-mile route from the Washington Monument to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Roe v. Wadedecision, legalizing abortion, was handed down 46 years ago. The theme of March for Life 2019 was “Unique from Day One.” Continue reading