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JULY 2016

Archbishop Broglio Celebrates Mass at Poland's Holiest Site Under the Sacred Black Madonna Icon On Monday, July 25, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, celebrated Mass at Poland’s holiest site, the Jasna Góra Monastery—home of the revered Black Madonna icon. His Excellency was in Poland leading a group of 20 U.S. Military Catholics on pilgrimage to the World Youth Day 2016 celebration July 26-31 in Kraków. The Mass in Częstochowa was attended by 300 military pilgrims from various NATO countries, seeking the intercession of Our Lady, Queen of Peace. Delivering his homily in English and French, Archbishop Broglio urged the pilgrims to have "an ideal beyond" themselves and to be people "for others." He observed, "We have come to the Black Madonna, because Mary teaches us to be open to the will of God and that openness puts us squarely on the road to lasting peace." According to legend, the Black Madonna, depicting the Blessed Mother with Christ child, was painted by St. Luke himself on a tabletop in the home of the Holy Family. Read full story.

U.S. Military Catholics Celebrate Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 in Kraków The weeklong, AMS pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 kicked off in Warsaw on Sunday, July 24, with evening Mass at the Field Cathedral of the Polish Army. On Tuesday, the pilgrims toured a museum at the Military University of Technology. On Wednesday, they paid respect to Holocaust victims at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, stopping also in Wadowice where Pope St. John Paul II was born and baptized. On Thursday, Second Lieutenant Christopher Hoffman (left), a recent graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, proudly carried the U.S. flag during the Papal Welcome ceremony in Kraków's Błonia Park. The AMSUSA app carried the events live thanks to Salt and Light TV.

Catholic News Service Publishes 8-Part MultiMedia Series on Catholic U.S. Military Chaplains Around July 4th weekend, Catholic News Service (CNS) published an eight-part multimedia series on Catholic U.S. Military chaplains. The publication was timed to coincide with the 241st anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps on July 29. CNS multimedia journalist Chaz Muth visited chaplains in the Army, Navy, and Air Force on installations coast to coast, from Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Bragg, N.C., to the amphibious assault warship USS America (LHA6) and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif., and Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

Five Prospective New Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplains Complete Officer Indoctrination Course On Friday, July 22, five prospective new Catholic U.S. Navy chaplains completed the Navy's two-week Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination Course (DCOIC) at the Naval Education and Training Center in Newport, R.I. The candidates completed the coursework as enrollees in the Chaplain Candidate Program, the Navy's reserve program for theological students. From left to right: Father Dan Schwartz, Rev. Mr. Rene Pellessier, Rev. Mr. Sam Schneider (former Midshipman), Father Benton Garrett (Navy recruiter), and seminarians Sean Koehr (former Midshipman) and Dustin Shane (former Marine).

Catholic Priests Discerning Chaplaincy Invited to Apply for All-Expenses-Paid Retreat in October Priests considering military chaplaincy are invited to apply for an all-expenses-paid retreat Oct. 17-21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. To qualify, the priest must have at least two years of ministry in a parish and must be a citizen or have a Green Card. Preference will be given to those who can enter active duty before their 42nd birthday. For more information, contact the Chancellor at or (202) 7193600.

November Collection Gives Catholics Nationwide Opportunity to Support Catholics in U.S. Military The 2016 AMS National Collection will be taken in most U.S. dioceses at weekend Masses Nov. 5-6, providing critical dollars for AMS programs and services. To date, 96 dioceses have confirmed participation, with 81 to take up the collection in 2016 and seven in 2017. Five have included the AMS National Collection with parish envelope orders or will take it up in combination with other collections. If your diocese is not listed, please contact the diocese directly. Individual gifts can be made here. For more information, go here, or please contact Mary Lavin, Executive Director of Advancement, at Watch Archbishop Broglio's video.

Chaplain Spotlight

U.S Army Chaplain Celebrates Mass Aboard U.S. Navy Warship On June 30, the U.S. Navy posted this photo of a U.S. Army Chaplain, Father Major John Gabriel, celebrating Mass aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) in the Arabian Gulf. Father Gabriel commuted to the ship by hovercraft from Kuwait, volunteering to visit for a day because its crew had been underway without a Catholic chaplain on board. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea D. Daily/Released.)

Mark the Calendar

Coming Events AMS Catholic Military Retreat August 6-10, 2016 For Military by Military Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center Huttonsville, West Virginia -----------Catholic War Veterans (CWV) National Convention Aug. 7-13, 2016 Portland, Maine -----------AMS Family Faith Assessment Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 2016 Online Ask your Chaplain or Coordinator of Religious Education for username and password to register your family online Go here to learn more about the Assessment and Curriculum Guide ------------

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 -----------Catechetical Sunday Sept. 18, 2016 Theme: "Prayer: The Faith Prayed� For information and resources, go here -----------AMS Retreat for Priests Sept. 19-23, 2016 Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center Techny, Ill. For more information, contact the Vicar General -----------Pilgrimage for the Sea Services 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton 339 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg, Md. His Eminence, Theodore Edgar Cardinal McCarrick will be the principal celebrant and homilist Dinner Served After Mass -----------For God and Country Retreat for Priests Considering Military Chaplaincy Oct. 17-21, 2016 Washington Retreat House Washington, D.C. To apply, or for more information, go here, or contact the Chancellor -----------National Conference of Veterans Affairs Catholic Chaplains (NCVACC) Oct. 24-28, 2016 Salt Lake City, Utah

-----------Marine Corps Marathon Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 Washington, D.C. Go here to sign up for Team AMS -----------2016 National Collection for the AMS Nov. 5-6, 2016 Catholic parishes nationwide For more information, go here, or contact Mary Lavin Go here to make an individual donation -----------8th Annual Benefit for the AMS Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 (New Day This Year) Saint John Paul II National Shrine 3900 Harewood Road Northeast Washington, D.C. Evening Begins with Mass at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time -----------AMS Fall Vocation Discernment Retreat for Prospective Military Chaplains Nov. 17-20, 2016 St. Joseph's Seminary Yonkers, N.Y. For more information, contact Father Aidan Logan, O.C.S.O. -----------National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry Dec. 1-3, 2016 San Jose Convention Center San Jose, Calif. Theme: Connect in Christ, Ăšnete Ă Cristo

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