Group of 24 runners raises more than $26,000 for archdiocese
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A team of 24 runners representing the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) in the 38th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on Sunday raised more than $26,000 for the archdiocese, easily surpassing its $25,000 goal; and even though the race is over, donations will continue to be taken through November 3. To donate, visit www.milarch.org/runforams.
Team AMS comprised women and men including archdiocesan staffers, military personnel, priest-chaplains and seminarians enrolled in the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program, a partnership between the AMS and participating local dioceses and religious orders to support priestly vocations. Seminarian James Hickman led the way, finishing the 26.2-mile race in two hours, fifty-seven minutes and ten seconds (2:57:10).
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, expressed his appreciation for the team effort, particularly the role of staffers who organized and coordinated participation.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“Heartfelt congratulations are due to Team AMS for successfully completing the Marine Corps Marathon! Special mention is due to Jamie Hickman for being so swift-footed and to Matthew Lockwood for coordinating so many activities. Mary Lavin, Angela McDuffie, Carol Nettina, and Meg Betit did wonders with their efforts in raising enthusiasm, attending to hundreds of details, and making everything a success. To all of Team AMS, I congratulate you for surpassing your goal.”
The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers.
AMS-endorsed priests serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed priests also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S.
The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population.
Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs.
For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit www.milarch.org, the only official website for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, MM.
Contact: Taylor Henry