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March 2016

Father Robert R. Cannon, Ch, Col, USAF, Named Chancellor On March 11, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio announced the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), will soon have a new Chancellor. Father Robert R. Cannon, Ch, Col, USAF, a priest of the Diocese of Venice, Fla., and currently the Wing Chaplain at Travis Air Force Base (AFB), Calif., assumes the position Oct. 1. He replaces Deacon Michael Yakir, who is retiring after seven years as Chancellor following a long career in business. As Chancellor, Father Cannon will serve as the primary archdiocesan contact for Catholic U.S. Military chaplains based worldwide. His responsibilities will include receiving chaplains’ quarterly reports, finding new chaplains from the ranks of ordained Catholic priests, and processing endorsement and faculties for those entering military service for the first time. Read full story.

Discernment Retreat Draws 34 to Consider Vocations as Chaplains Thirty-four (34) young men gathered in Menlo Park, Calif., the weekend of March 3-6 for a discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. They included more than two dozen servicemen from every service branch of the United States Armed Forces. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), conducted the annual retreat at St. Patrick’s Seminary. Read full story.

Sacred Oils for Use in the Coming Year Blessed at Annual Chrism Mass On Saturday, March 12, Archbishop Broglio blessed sacred oils for sacramental use over the coming year on U.S. Military sites and in the nation’s VA Medical Centers. The annual Chrism Mass took place in Washington, D.C., at the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. During the Mass, priests in service to the Archdiocese also renewed their ministerial commitment. Archbishop Broglio observed that the Chrism is "scented to remind us of the charge to permeate our world with the fragrance of the good news about Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.” Read full story. Watch video.

California Groups Host Archbishop Broglio at March Events Archbishop Broglio was the guest speaker at six March events hosted in California by California Legatus Chapters and Catholic Professional & Business Clubs. The title of Archbishop Broglio's talk was, “Serving our Military - The Vital Role of Military Chaplains in Today's Challenging Culture." Shown in photo at left, taken at the Napa Legatus Chapter meeting, are: Joe Oberting (President, Napa Legatus Chapter), Henry and Mary Gundling, Bill Applegate (CEO Emeritus, Catholic Professionals & Business Clubs Chapter), Archbishop Broglio, Carole Gruss, Mary Miroglio, and Valerie and Bob Fish.

Chaplain Spotlight

Catholic News Service Posts Video on Record Fast-Marching Army Chaplain On March 22, Catholic News Service (CNS) published a video on Father Luke Willenberg, CH (CPT), USA, who, last month, set a new record for the fastest 12-mile foot march at the U.S. Army’s elite DeGlopper Air Assault School, Fort Bragg, N.C.. Father Luke Willenberg, who completed the trek toting a 35-lb. rucksack in one hour and forty-two minutes, told CNS: "It's not me in the end. I think God blessed me with good health and certain abilities. Therefore, to Him be the glory. But if these soldiers are inspired by it, that's wonderful!" Watch video.

Mark the Calendar

Coming Events 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 -ANDOct. 17-21, 2016 Washington Retreat House 4000 Harewood Road NW Washington, D.C. Watch Video of 2015 Retreat Spots Still Available for October Retreat If interested, email the Chancellor -----------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 Watch video -----------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 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 Men Nov. 17-20, 2016 St. Joseph's Seminary Yonkers, N.Y. Contact: Father Aidan Logan, O.C.S.O.

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