HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Archbishop Broglio Invites Faithful to Join in Prayer of the Archdiocese for Independence Day As America prepares to celebrate Independence Day, U.S. Catholics wind up their annual observance of the Fortnight for Freedom, the two-week period from June 21 to July 4 when the Church focuses on the importance of religious freedom. This year, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio invites the faithful to include the Prayer of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, in their daily prayers and as part of holiday family gatherings. The prayer was written by His Excellency shortly after he became Archbishop for the Military Services in 2008.
Archbishop Broglio Recognizes Sanctity of Marriage at Annual March Archbishop Broglio said he believes some of the detrimental effects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which legalized same-gendered unions, include “people not being able to act according to their fundamental religious beliefs.” The Archbishop spoke at the National Organization for Marriage’s fourth annual March for Marriage on June 25 in Washington, D.C. He opened the gathering by praying for the victims of the June 12 Orlando shooting and their families, remembering that March participants were assembled in truth and love to witness to the sanctity of life and marriage. Read full story.
Two-Hundred Join Archbishop Broglio on Pilgrimage to Dachau Concentration Camp Pictured from left to right: Archbishop Broglio, Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer, Father James B. Collins, CH (MAJ), USA, and Father Dino Besinga, CH (MAJ), USA, celebrating Mass on June 4 at the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany during a pilgrimage of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Archbishop led approximately 200 on the pilgrimage, including many active-duty U.S. servicemen and women and their families, members of the Military Council of Catholic Women Europe, and the Knights of Columbus. Read full story.
Eight Prospective New Catholic U.S. Military Chaplains Take a "Step Closer" in Annual Retreat At the San Damiano Spiritual Life Center in White Post, Va. (pictured left), eight men gathered June 23-26 for a “Step Closer” Retreat to discern whether God is calling them to be Catholic priests in the U.S. Military. The Step Closer Retreat is sponsored annually by the Office of Vocations for the most serious of prospective Catholic military chaplains. The Retreat is one way the AMS is working diligently to match worthy candidates with military careers as priests and thereby help fill a chronic, growing shortage of Catholic military chaplains. Read full story.
Msgr. John J.M. Foster, J.C.D., and Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Coyle Celebrate Silver Jubilees On June 29 at the Edwin Cardinal O'Brien Pastoral Center in Washington, D.C., the AMS feted the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Monsignor John J.M. Foster, J.C.D. (left), and Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Coyle (right) to mark the silver jubilee of their ordination to the priesthood. Msgr. Foster was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Stockton, Calif., on June 29, 1991. He assumed the position of Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia on July 1, 2013. Bishop Coyle was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., on May 25, 1991. He was ordained to serve as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese on April 25, 2013.
SALUTE Magazine Honored with Awards from the Catholic Press Association The Catholic Press Association honored SALUTE Magazine with two awards on June 3 at the organization’s annual awards banquet in St. Louis, Mo. SALUTE is the quarterly news magazine of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Edited by Ms. Jo Ann Redmond (left), SALUTE has a circulation of approximately 50,000 worldwide. The Christmas 2015 edition received a Second Place award for Best Seasonal Issue. The Summer 2015 edition, featuring a cover photograph of the United States flag draped over the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the 21st Annual Memorial Mass, received an Honorable Mention for Best Cover.
Capodanno Film Director Wins Capax Dei Foundation Award at the Vatican California film director James C. Kelty, who is currently at work on a new documentary on Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., Servant of God, was honored at the Vatican on June 23 with the Capax Dei Foundation Award. Mr. Kelty received the award for his 2015 film Kateri, about the life of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a 17th Century Mohawk who converted to Catholicism. The award was presented at the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival, promoted by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Culture. Mr. Kelty's film on Father Capodanno, underwritten by the Father Capodanno Guild and the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), is scheduled to appear on EWTN sometime next year. DVDs will be available to the public to secure funds to pay for expenses associated with the Cause for canonization of Father Capodanno, who was killed in the Vietnam War on Sept. 4, 1967 while ministering to U.S. Marines in combat.
Father William Dorwart Celebrates Mass Aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) On June 4, the U.S. Navy posted this photo from the Pacific Ocean, showing Father William Dorwart, CHC, LT CMDR, USN, distributing Holy Communion to Lt. Cmdr. Matt Ludwig during Mass in the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) chapel. The ship was underway conducting command assessment of readiness and training (CART) II off the coast of Southern California. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Daniel P. Jackson Norgart.)
Father John Shimotsu Concelebrates Mass in Memory of Father Capodanno in Da Nang, Vietnam On June 14, the U.S. Navy posted this photo from Da Nang, Vietnam, showing Father John Shimotsu, CHC, CAPT, USN (right in photo), Pacific Command and Pacific Fleet chaplain, joining Rev. Paul Tran, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Da Nang, and Rev. Andrew Quang, in celebrating Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in memory of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M. Father Capodanno, a Navy chaplain lieutenant, received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in 1967 in the Que Son Valley battlefield and has been proclaimed a Servant of God by the Catholic Church. (Photo by Judy McCloskey.)
Mark the Calendar
Coming Events Tekakwitha Conference July 20-24, 2016 Burlingame, California -----------World Youth Day July 26-31, 2016 Kraków, Poland -----------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 -----------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, Únete Á Cristo
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