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February 2016

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Remembers Catholic U.S. Justice Antonin Scalia as "Brilliant Jurist" Commenting on the Feb. 13 death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Archbishop Timothy Broglio said: "The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, joins the Nation in paying tribute to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He was a brilliant jurist who contributed much to the Country and I mourn his passing. We are all poorer, because he no longer walks among us, but richer, because of the gifts he shared with us." Read full statement.

New Religion Curriculum Guide Decreed for High School Students in Catholic U.S. Military Families High School students in Catholic U.S. Military families now have a standard religion curriculum guide for their parents and catechetical leaders to use in faith formational instruction. On Feb. 11, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, Archbishop Broglio issued a decree announcing promulgation of the new curriculum, called Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization, Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Guide, Adolescent Catechesis: Grades 9 to 12. Read full story.

The Charitable Exchange Matching Challenge Helps AMS Raise $161,147.22 in Private Giving Thanks to generous private donors, the AMS exceeded a $100,000 matching gift challenge made possible byThe Charitable Exchange (TCE). The goal of the challenge, held between August 28 and December 31, 2015, was to raise at least $100,000 in qualifying matching gifts. 267 individual donors contributed $161,147.22 in response to the challenge. With TCE’s original matching contribution of $100,000, a check for which was presented to Archbishop Broglio on Feb. 2, the total received by the AMS was $261,147.22. Qualifying matching gifts included: (1) new or increased gifts of $1,000 or more; (2) the first month’s gift on a new, recurring gift donor registration; and (3) online gifts received in support of a one-day online matching gift campaign on October 22. The latter alone raised $34,381.67, the most funds ever raised by the AMS online in one day. Read full story.

AMS Catechetical Leaders and Clergy Huddle over Religious Ed in East and West Coast Conferences Rev. Msgr. John J.M. Foster, J.C.D., AMS Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, was among presenters at the Feb. 4-6 Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore. Msgr. Foster spoke on the RCIA's "Particular Circumstances" and their canonical requirements. Sixty-nine catechetical leaders and clergy from U.S. Military sites attended the Congress, while more than 120 others attended the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Feb. 25-28 in Anaheim, Calif. Archbishop Broglio hosted appreciation dinners at both gatherings. Read full story.

Archbishop Broglio Calls on Military Catholics to Participate in CRS Rice Bowl for the Hungry Well before Lent began with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 10, Archbishop Broglio published a letter calling on Catholic military communities to participate in CRS (Catholic Relief Services) Rice Bowl throughout the Holy Season. CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program for families and faith communities in the United States who want to put their faith into action by listening to stories about their brothers and sisters in need around the world, and devoting their Lenten prayers, fasting, and alms to change the lives of those who suffer in poverty. Visit or call 1-800-222-0025 to participate. Read Archbishop Broglio's letter.

Chaplain Spotlight

Father Luke Willenberg Graduates DeGlopper Air Assault School, Breaks Foot March Record Congratulations to Father Luke Willenberg, CH (CPT), USA. On Feb. 19, the battalion chaplain for 2-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3 Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, graduated from DeGlopper Air Assault School, Ft. Bragg, N.C. Completing the course, known as "the 10 hardest days in the Army," was a feat of its own, but Father Luke also distinguished himself as the Foot March Champion, finishing the 12-mile course in helmet and full battle uniform, toting a 35 lb. rucksack, in a recordbreaking one hour and 42 minutes. Read full story.

Mark the Calendar

Coming Events AMS Spring Vocation Discernment Retreat for Men March 3-6, 2016 St. Patrick's Seminary Menlo Park, Calif. Contact: Father Aidan Logan, O.C.S.O. -----------Chrism Mass 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (New Time This Year) Saturday, March 12, 2016 (New Day This Year) Crypt Church Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast Washington, D.C. Archbishop Broglio will be the principal celebrant and homilist -----------For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve A Discernment Retreat for Ordained Priests Interested in Military Chaplaincy April 18-22, 2016 Washington Retreat House 4000 Harewood Road NW Washington, D.C. Watch Video of 2015 Retreat If interested, email Deacon Mike Yakir -----------Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW) 2016 Worldwide Conference April 21-25, 2016 Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, Va. -----------Memorial Mass 12 Noon Eastern Daylight Savings Time (New Time This Year) Sunday, May 15, 201 Upper Church Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast Washington, D.C. Archbishop Broglio will be the principal celebrant and homilist -----------Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage May 17-23, 2016 Lourdes, France -----------Catholic War Veterans (CWV) National Convention Aug. 7-13, 2016 Portland, Maine -----------Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, Servant of God 6:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 Crypt Church Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast Washington, D.C. Archbishop Broglio will be the principal celebrant and homilist -----------2016 National Collection for the AMS Nov. 5-6, 2016 Catholic parishes nationwide For more information, here -----------8th Annual Benefit Reception for the AMS Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 (New Day This Year) Saint John Paul II National Shrine 3900 Harewood Road Northeast Washington, D.C.

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