Some chaplains returning to ministry during shutdown

An update from Catholic News Service:  Some civilian Catholic chaplains, unable to perform religious duties at U.S. military bases during the first weekend of the federal government shutdown, were getting back on the job as the shutdown continued into its second week. “We’re now being told priests can return to work,” John Schlageter, general counsel [Read More...]

Pentagon refutes reports of anti-Christian policies

Details: Christian conservatives have grown increasingly alarmed in recent weeks over reports and rumors that the Pentagon is considering new policies aimed at discriminating against Christians and disciplining or even court-martialing those who share their faith. But the Department of Defense on Thursday (May 2) sought to debunk that speculation, saying that while aggressive proselytizing [Read More...]

God’s army: overflow crowd attends discernment retreat for military chaplains

Very impressive turnout: Twenty-six (26) men from every service branch of the U.S. armed forces and civilian life are gathered [in Menlo Park, California] today for a March 21-24 discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. The Vocations Office of [Read More...]

Posthumous Medal of Honor for Fr. Emil Kapaun, candidate for sainthood

Very good news, from Kansas: Emil Kapaun, a priest from Kansas celebrated for his actions during the Korean War and in a North Korean prisoner of war camp, will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama, the nation’s highest military award for bravery Former Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt of Goddard called The Eagle [Read More...]

Paging the deacon: meet the hospital chaplain, making his rounds

Another terrific profile of a deacon at work, from the St. Louis Review: Deacon Del Leonardo carries three pagers and a cell phone on him at all times. It’s a necessity in his work as a full-time evening and overnight chaplain at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, but Deacon Leonardo doesn’t mind all of the [Read More...]

Fly the faithful skies: Miami Airport to offer Mass

Details:  Prayer is on the move in South Florida. First, the Archdiocese of Miami began streaming catechism through an app. Now it’s about to hold weekly Mass at the airport. Religion-to-go is all about accommodating the faithful wherever they are. And where they often are is the airport. Starting 7 p.m. Aug. 18 and every [Read More...]

Bringing soldiers “a sense of hope of the Resurrection” — UPDATED

How can soldiers deal with grief and loss in a time of war, yet still hold fast to their faith?   That’s a subject a Catholic bishop addressed in a recent interview:  The role of military chaplain is a challenging one, providing spiritual care, a sympathetic ear or simple words of comfort for those serving [Read More...]

Chaplains adjust to repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Details: Col. Timothy Wagoner [shown above] has been an Air Force chaplain for 20 years, serving a denomination — the Southern Baptists — that rejects same-sex relationships. Yet here he was at the chapel he oversees, watching supportively as an airman and his male partner celebrated a civil union ceremony. “I wouldn’t miss it,” Wagoner [Read More...]

Absolution at Gettysburg: the story of Fr. William Corby

A fascinating and timely piece by the good doctor, Pat McNamara: On the hot afternoon of July 2, 1863, the Union Army’s Irish Brigade, a unit composed predominantly of Catholic immigrants, waited for the order to go into action. It was the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, a three-day conflagration that saw over [Read More...]

Deacons, priests, nuns and laity to serve as Olympic chaplains

Details, from U.S. Catholic and CNS: Some people are simply gifted at sport; they excel at any challenge involving a ball, a stick or a physical contest nearly as soon as they turn their hands to it. One such person is Father Geoff Hilton, a priest from Salford Diocese in the north of England, who [Read More...]


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