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September 2016

Medal of Honor Recipients Attend Memorial Mass for Father Capodanno Col. Walter Joseph Marm, USA, Ret. (left), and Senior Chief Edward Carl Byers, Jr., USN (right), were among a congregation of 450 at the Sept. 6 Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., Servant of God. Like Father Capodanno, both earned the Medal of Honor for "service above and beyond the call of duty." In his homily, Archbishop Timothy Broglio raised hope that the "powerful example" of Father Capodanno--killed in Vietnam while aiding Marines in combat--will “confirm us in our faith, inspire our decisions to make a difference in our world, and lead us to share in eternal life.” See full story.

Trailer Released for New Film on Father Capodanno Speaking of Father Capodanno, the trailer has been released for a new film on the remarkable life and death of the U.S. Navy chaplain lieutenant and Vietnam War hero. The hour-long film, jointly underwritten by the Father Vincent Capodanno Guild and Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), is being produced by award-winning filmmaker James C. Kelty. Currently still in production under the working title, "Called and Chosen," the documentary is scheduled for completion early next year. EWTN expects to premiere the film on its channel sometime in the spring. Guild Chairman George Phillips, USMC (Ret), says the primary purpose of the documentary is "to acquaint a much larger audience with the Cause and life of this Servant of God.” The trailer can be viewed on the Father Capodanno Guild website at

AMS Vocations Office Posts New Video Calling Men to Priesthood On Sept. 29, the AMS Office of Vocations posted a new video encouraging young men discerning God's call to priesthood and chaplaincy. More than a dozen active-duty Catholic chaplains participated in the recording last month at the Edwin Cardinal O'Brien Pastoral Center in Washington, D.C. Each priest appears in the video as a "talking head," counseling young men on the promises and non-promises of a priestly vocation in the U.S. Military. The video was recorded and edited by Cocklins Digital of eastern Maryland. Watch the video here.

Prospective Chaplains Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in D.C. Thirty-three (33) prospective Catholic military chaplains (shown at left with Archbishop Timothy Broglio and other AMS clergy) gathered in the nation’s capital over the Labor Day weekend for a three-day celebration of prayer, reflection, and fraternity sponsored by the AMS. The group comprised seminarians from all over the United States participating in the "Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program," a vocations partnership between the AMS and cooperating dioceses and religious communities. Read full story.

2016 National Collection and AMS Appeal The second National Collection for the AMS is being taken in most dioceses and parishes across the country this November. While second collections are not allowed in U.S. Military chapels, AMS faithful have the opportunity to contribute independently by participating in the AMS Appeal. A video message from Archbishop Broglio and the list of participating dioceses for the National Collection can be viewed at

Eighth Annual Benefit: Nov. 11, 2016 The 8th Annual Benefit, hosted by Archbishop Timothy Broglio (left), will take place on Veterans Day, November 11, and will be held at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. The evening will begin with the Celebration of the Eucharist At 6:00 p.m. (ET) to pray for all veterans, living and deceased, who have honorably served our country. Immediately following, and new this year, the Annual Benefit will include a sitdown dinner. Advanced ticket purchase is required for the dinner; no tickets will be available at the door. For ticket and sponsorship information, go here.

Chaplain Spotlight

Two Priests with Records of Chaplain Service Honored in Boston On Sept. 22, two Catholic priests who have served as chaplains in the United States Military were honored at the annual Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner at the Seaport World Trade Center in the Archdiocese of Boston, Mass. Msgr. John Patrick McDonough, a retired Chief of Chaplains in the United States Air Force (shown at left with Father Richard M. Erikson), and Father Sinisa Ubiparipovic, a chaplain in the Massachusetts National Guard, were among four Archdiocesan priests featured in a video tribute premiered at the dinner. Watch the video here.

Mark the Calendar

Coming Events AMS Family Faith Assessment Ongoing through 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 -----------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. 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. For more information, go here -----------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 For ticket and sponsorship information, go here -----------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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