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JANUARY 2016

April 18-22 Discernment Retreat Scheduled for Priests Contemplating Military Chaplaincy Priests interested in serving as U.S. Military chaplains are encouraged to apply for an all-expenses-paid retreat to discern the "vocation within a vocation." “For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve” will be held April 18-22, 2016, in Washington, D.C. To qualify, priests need 2 years experience in parish ministry plus U.S. citizenship or a Green Card. Preference will go to those who can enter active duty before their 42nd birthday. The retreat, the 2nd since October, is an opportunity for priests to step forward and help ease a Catholic chaplain shortage. Read full story. Apply here.

Bishop Barron’s New Study Program Shipped to Catholic Military Communities Worldwide Catholic priests serving at U.S. Military installations around the world, aboard U.S. Navy warships, and in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, recently received complimentary copies of Bishop Robert Barron’s new faith study program, The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters. The program kits, each consisting of a six-lesson DVD, a Leader's Guide, and a "Pocket Guide to Answering Atheists," are intended to support small group faith study in military settings. Read full story.

Military Catholics Brave Blizzard Warning to March for Life on Anniversary of Roe v. Wade In spite of oncoming Winter Storm Jonas on Jan. 22, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio led dozens of AMS members through falling snow and biting cold along Washington, D.C.'s Constitution Avenue in the annual March for Life. The AMS marchers in the anti-abortion demonstration, held each year on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade (1973), included young adult Catholics from various military installations and 16 cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Read full story.

Chaplain Spotlight

Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain Last to Celebrate Mass on Ancient Monastery Altar Razed by ISIS During his 2009-2010 deployment to Iraq, Father Jeffrey Whorton, CH (MAJ), USA, celebrated Mass for U.S. troops in the war-torn country’s oldest Christian monastery, St. Elijah’s, built in the late 6th Century. This month, the Associated Press (AP) reported that satellite images confirm the 2014 destruction of St. Elijah’s at the hands of ISIS. As it turns out, Father Whorton, who serves on active duty with AMS endorsement and faculties, was the last priest ever to preside at the liturgy on the ancient altar. Read full story.

Mark the Calendar

Coming Events 2016 Mid-Atlantic Congress Feb. 4-6, 2016 Baltimore Hilton Hotel at the Inner Harbor 401 West Pratt Street Baltimore, Md. (AMS Leadership Appreciation Dinner Friday, Feb. 5 For more information, contact Jose Amaya) -----------Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Feb. 25-28, 2016 Anaheim Convention Center 800 West Katella Avenue Anaheim, Calif. (AMS Leadership Appreciation Dinner Friday, Feb. 26 For more information, contact Jose Amaya) -----------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 -----------Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage May 17-23, 2016 Lourdes, France -----------Memorial Mass 12 Noon Eastern Daylight Savings Time (New Time This Year) Sunday, May 15, 2016 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 -----------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 -----------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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