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Catholic military chaplains

military Catholics @ MassI finally received a packet from the Vocation’s Director of the Archdiocese for Military Services (AMS).  It contained a couple brochures specific to Catholic chaplains, but mostly brochures from the Army, Air Force & Navy.  I asked for the Marines, but I guess they’re considered part of the Navy.  Anyways, there’s some interesting figures:military Catholics @ Mass

  • The AMS serves 375,000 Catholic soldiers — 520,000 family members — 204,000 in Reserves & National Guard — 29,000 Catholic patients in 172 Medical Centers — & 66,000 Catholics in government service overseas (in 134 countries).

  • Geographically, the AMS is the largest in the Church, trans-national without borders at 220 installations in 29 countries.

  • To meet all those needs, they have fewer than 350 full-time Catholic military chaplains with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines & Coast Guard.
  • They have 480 priests serving part-time with Reserve forces & National Guard.
  • The priests serving full-time are on loan from 142 dioceses and 44 religious communities.

Catholic miliary chaplainAs excited I am about the military, I also realize the needs and dynamics of serving soldiers can be extremely diferent from Miami pastoral ministry.  I’d like to stay open to the possibility of a summer internship (in a theology year), but I don’t currently feel drawn into any permanent call.  — I need to slow down and focus on the now.  

  1. February 29, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Am looking for fr John Brown from Hopkins Minnesota from St Josephs who joined the army in th late 50s?

  2. March 16, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I know this is an old post, but yes, the Marines are served by Navy Chaplains. The same can be said for the Coast Guard and in a very limited sense the U.S. Maritime Service (there are Navy Chaplains at the U.S. Merchant Marine academy in Kings Point, NY). I know that the Navy is very short on priests.

    May God give you the grace of His wisdom as you discern.

    Peace in Christ,

  3. Mary Jane Sweeney
    August 13, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Could you please send me any free brochures/material on vocations that you might have to offer….I am doing a project for our church and would appreciate any material that you might have….Thank you…..Mary Jane Sweeney, 50 South Main Street, Alburgh, Vermont 05440

  4. May 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Doesn’t the Bishop of your Diocese need to release you? And if he does, for how long? I know the dioceses drop a lot of money into the seminary they sponsored you in. They just won’t let you go will they???

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