The Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, provides the Roman Catholic Church's pastoral and spiritual services to those serving in the United States armed forces or other federal services overseas. This military ordinariate is a special diocese that dates back to 1917 and was canonically erected in 1939 by Pope Pius XII for the members and others employed by the five branches of the United States military (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy), for the employees of the U.S. Veterans Health Administration and its patients, and for Americans in government service overseas. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, was created by Pope John Paul II in 1985 and incorporated under the laws of the State of Maryland that same year.
The diocesan bishop of the archdiocese is the Archbishop for the Military Services. The current archbishop is Timothy P. Broglio. He is assisted by several auxiliary bishops. Together they oversee Catholic priests serving as military chaplains throughout the world. None of the priests of the Archdiocese are incardinated in the Archdiocese. Each of its priests remains incardinated in his diocese or religious institute. The Archdiocese maintains its offices in Washington, D.C., but has no territorial boundaries or "seat". The Archdiocese has no cathedral or bishop's church. Rather, the Archdiocese has jurisdiction wherever American men and women in uniform serve. The jurisdiction of the Archdiocese extends to all United States government property in the United States and abroad, including U.S. military installations, embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions.
Prior to the creation of the Military Ordinariate and then the Archdiocese for the Military Services, the armed forces of the United States was served by an informal corps of volunteer priests. Beginning in 1917, the spiritual care of those in military service fell to the Military Ordinariate, the equivalent of a personal vicariate apostolic, that is, a particular church the membership of which is defined by some personal quality (as in this case being a member or a dependent of a member of the armed services) that is headed by a legate of the pope. Originally, the ordinariate was headed by then-Bishop Patrick J. Hayes, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York who served double duty as papal military vicar for the United States beginning on November 24, 1917.
Hayes was chosen because New York was the primary port of embarkation for U.S. troops leaving for Europe and therefore a convenient contact point for Catholic chaplains serving with them. When Cardinal John Farley, Archbishop of New York, died, Hayes was appointed as his successor and simply kept the additional title and duty of military vicar. In November 1939, the Holy See established the Military Vicariate of the United States of America. The post remained an additional duty of the archbishop of New York from Hayes' time until Cardinal Terence Cooke began plans to separate it as its own jurisdiction in the early 1980s, plans he was unable to carry out before his death in 1983. His successor, Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor, a former Navy chaplain, former chief of Navy chaplains (the military's title for its own senior chaplain officer) and former auxiliary bishop for the military, then assisted in creating the separate Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, in 1985 and participated in the selection of its first own archbishop. On July 21, 1986, the military vicariate was elevated to the Military Ordinariate of the Archdiocese for the Military Services of the United States. As of April 2013, about 25% of the U.S. armed forces are Catholic.
Military ordinaries and archbishops 
- † Bishop (later Archbishop of New York and then also Cardinal) Patrick Joseph Hayes, Vicar Apostolic of Military, USA (24 November 1917 – 4 September 1938)
- † Archbishop (later Cardinal) Francis Joseph Spellman, Apostolic Vicar for the U.S. Armed Forces (11 December 1939 – 2 December 1967) and Archbishop of New York
- † Bishop John Francis O'Hara, CSC, Military Delegate (11 December 1939 – 10 March 1945)* 
- † Archbishop (later Cardinal) Terence James Cooke, Vicar Apostolic for the U.S. Military (4 April 1968 – 6 October 1983) and Archbishop of New York
- † Joseph T. Ryan, first Archbishop for the Military Services (16 March 1985 – 14 May 1991) – Died October 9, 2000
- Joseph Thomas Dimino, Archbishop for the Military Services (14 May 1991 – 12 August 1997)
- Edwin Frederick O'Brien, Archbishop for the Military Services (12 August 1997 – 12 July 2007) – Appointed archbishop of Baltimore
- Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services (25 January 2008 – present)
† = deceased
* O'Hara was appointed "military delegate" at the same time that Spellman was appointed "military vicar," essentially making Bishop O'Hara something a bit more than the vicar general under then-Archbishop Spellman's jurisdiction.
Auxiliary bishops 
The diocesan chancery is located in Washington, D.C.
Noncombatant status 
- See: Military chaplain#Noncombatant status
The Geneva Conventions state (Protocol I, 8 June 1977, Art 43.2) that chaplains are noncombatants: they do not have the right to participate directly in hostilities. Captured chaplains are not considered Prisoners of War (Third Convention, 12 August 1949, Chapter IV Art 33) and must be returned to their home nation unless retained to minister to prisoners of war.
Patron saints 
- See also: Military saint and footnotes
- See also: USN Chaplain Corps prayers, USMA Cadet Prayer, and Air Force Hymn
- Prayer for the Archdiocese
- Prayers for the Military
- Prayer for Troops
- Prayers in a Time of War
- 1. For Troops
- 2. Prayer of a Spouse for a Soldier
- 3. Prayer of a Son or Daughter for a Parent
- 4. Prayer of a Parent for a Soldier
- 5. Prayer for Those who Await a Soldier's Return
- 6. For Government Leaders
- 7. For the Safety of Soldiers
- 8. For our Enemies
- 9. For Courage in the time of Battle
- 10. In a Time of Waiting
- 11. For Deceased Veterans
- A Soldier's Prayers
- 1. For Families and friends Left At Home
- 2. On the Eve of Battle
- 3. For Hope in the Midst of Destruction
- 4. Prayer For Officers In Command
- 5. For Fellow Combatants
- 6. For the innocent victims of war
- 7. Prayer for refugees and victims of war
Chaplains by conflicts 
- For historic photographs of Army chaplains in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, see Chaplain Corps (United States Army)#Museum.
- See footnote
Mexican-American War 
Civil War 
- For Civil War chaplains, see footnote.
- Emmeran M. Bliemel, OSB – He was the first Catholic chaplain killed in action during the Civil War.
- William Corby – He is famous for giving a general absolution to the Irish Brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg.
- John Ireland – He served as a chaplain of the 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
- Bernard John McQuaid – He volunteered as a chaplain and accompanied the New Jersey Brigade to the seat of war, during which service he was captured by the Confederates.
World War I 
- John B. DeValles
- Francis P. Duffy – Chaplain for the 69th Infantry Regiment (a military unit from New York City and part of the New York Army National Guard) – known as "The Fighting 69th" – which had been federalized and redesignated the 165th U.S. Infantry Regiment.
- John Joseph Mitty – Chaplain; in 1919, he was assigned as Catholic chaplain at the U.S. Military Academy; during his tenure at West Point, General Douglas MacArthur served as superintendent.
World War II 
- See footnote
Korean War 
- See footnote
Vietnam War 
- See footnote
Iraq War 
Fiction and literature portraying Catholic military chaplains 
See also 
- ^ http://www.catholicnews.com/data/briefs/cns/20130426.htm#head1
- ^ a b Archdiocese for the Military Services of the United States. Giga-Catholic Information (GCatholic.com). Retrieved 2010-08-20.
- ^ Karen Jowers (5 April 2013). "Training material listing Catholics as ‘extremists’ angers archdiocese". Army Times. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- ^ Hayes was appointed auxiliary bishop of New York on July 3, 1914, by Pope Pius X. On November 24, 1917, he was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Military, USA, because New York was the primary port of embarkation for U.S. troops leaving for Europe and therefore a convenient contact point for Catholic chaplains serving with them. On March 10, 1919, he was appointed the fifth archbishop of New York and retained the additional title and duty of military vicar. Pope Pius XI created him a cardinal on March 24, 1924.
- ^ Spellman was appointed by Pope Pius XII as the sixth archbishop of New York on April 15, 1939, and was formally installed as archbishop on May 23. In addition to his duties as diocesan bishop, he was named Apostolic Vicar for the U.S. Armed Forces on December 11, 1939. He was created a cardinal on February 18, 1946.
- ^ O'Hara was elected the vice president of the University of Notre Dame in 1933, and its president in 1934. President Franklin D. Roosevelt named him a delegate to the 1938 Pan-American Conference in Lima, Peru. On December 11, 1939, he was appointed Apostolic Delegate for the U.S. Military Forces and Titular Bishop of Milasa by Pope Pius XII. He was consecrated a bishop on January 15, 1940, by then-Archbishop Spellman. President Roosevelt later appointed him to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy, becoming the first Catholic bishop to be so honored. On March 10, 1945, he was named bishop of Buffalo and was installed on May 8. On November 23, 1951, he was named archbishop of Philadelphia. He was created a cardinal on December 15, 1958.
- ^ Cooke was appointed auxiliary bishop of New York on September 15, 1965, by Pope Paul VI. He was consecrated a bishop on December 13. He was named the seventh archbishop of New York on March 2, 1968. In addition to his duties in New York, he was named Vicar Apostolic for the U.S. Military on April 4. He was created a cardinal by Pope Paul VI on April 28, 1969.
- ^ a b c Ryan was a Navy chaplain from 1943 to 1946 and took part in the Marine landing at Okinawa. He served as chancellor of the U.S. Military Vicariate from 1957 to 1958. On February 7, 1966, he was appointed the first archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska, by Pope Paul VI. He was consecrated a bishop on March 25 by Cardinal Spellman. On November 4, 1975, Ryan was named coadjutor archbishop for the Military Vicariate and Titular Archbishop of Gabii. After the death of Cardinal Cooke, Pope John Paul II elevated the Military Vicariate (which had been run by the Archdiocese of New York) to the rank of an archdiocese and named Ryan the first archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, on March 16, 1985.
- ^ McCarty was appointed auxiliary bishop for the U.S. Armed Forces and Titular Bishop of Anaea on January 2, 1943, by Pope Pius XII. He was consecrated a bishop on January 25 by then-Archbishop Spellman, with Bishop John Francis O'Hara serving as a co-consecrator. On April 10, 1947, he was named coadjutor bishop of Rapid City, So. Dak.
- ^ Furlong was chaplain, with the rank of major, for the 8th Regiment of the New York National Guard from 1943 to 1948. On December 3, 1955, he was appointed auxiliary bishop to the US Military Vicariate, a responsibility at the time of the archbishop of New York. New York Cardinal Archbishop Francis Spellman ordained Furlong bishop on January 25, 1956. After the death of Cardinal Spellman on December 2, 1967, Furlong served as administrator of the military vicariate until the appointment of then-Archbishop Terence Cooke as the new military vicar on April 4, 1968. Furlong retired as auxiliary bishop of the vicariate in 1971 at age 78.
- ^ Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, official website. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
- ^ Military Saints. Mission Capodanno website. Catholics in the Military. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- ^ Military Blesseds. Mission Capodanno website. Catholics in the Military. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- ^ Craughwell, Thomas (23 October 2009). "St. John of Capistrano: Patron of Military Chaplains". CatholicMil.org (reprinted from Arlington Catholic Herald). Retrieved 2009-12-28.
- ^ "St. Nicholas Center: People". St. Nicholas Center. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-24.
- ^ The U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps has a medal in his name. See United States Army Quartermaster Corps#Military Order of Saint Martin and Quartermaster Corps: The Order of Saint Martin (which includes photos of both sides of the medal).
- ^ Prayer for the Archdiocese. Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- ^ Prayers for the Military. Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- ^ Prayer for Troops. U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- ^ Go to Prayer for Troops and scroll down to "Prayers in a Time of War". U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- ^ Go to Prayer for Troops and scroll down to "A Soldier's Prayers". U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- ^ Military Heroes. Mission Capodanno website. Catholics in the Military. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- ^ a b O’Conner, Thomas H. "Breaking the religious barrier", The Boston Globe, Boston, 10 May 2004.
- ^ On the following page, go to the link for "Chaplains" and then click on the "USA Chaplains" link or the "CSA Chaplains" link."Home page". The National Civil War Chaplains Museum. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- ^ "Rev. Emmeran M. Bliemel – Hero of [[Battle of Jonesboro]]: 10th Tennessee Regiment: The first American Catholic Chaplain to die on the battlefield". The National Civil War Chaplains Museum. 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-19. "Chaplain of the 10th Tennessee Regiment, he courageously and unselfishly ministered to the spiritual needs of all the wounded, both under fire and behind the lines. He died while giving the last rites to his Commanding Officer, Colonel William Grace. Rev. Bliemel also ministered to the men of the 4th Kentucky Regiment (the Orphan Brigade)."
- ^ a b c On Chaplains Hill in Arlington National Cemetery is a monument for 83 Catholic chaplains who died in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
- ^ Milhomme, Bill (July 9, 2010). Fr. Thomas Conway: 65th Anniversary Sinking USS Indianapolis. "Lt. (Rev.) Thomas M. Conway, a 37-year-old Navy Chaplain ... was sleeping soundly on July 31, 1945, on board the USS Indianapolis ...." Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- ^ Announcement of the Father Thomas Conway Memorial (June 2006). USS Indianapolis Museum official website (in the left-hand column, click on "2006 Museum Activities"). Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- ^ FatherThomas Conway Memorial. ussindianapolis.org message board -> Photos -> FatherThomas Conway Memorial. October 23, 2007. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- ^ At the following webpage, scroll down to "Captain Herman G. Felhoelter • Korean War • 1914-1950". Centner, Pat. "No Greater Love: A Memorial Day Salute to Military Chaplains". American Family Association. Retrieved 2011-11-06. "A Catholic priest from Washington state, Chaplain Herman Felhoelter had been assigned to the U.S. Army’s 19th Infantry Regiment. .... Four days before his death, he had written his mother: 'Don’t worry, Mother. God’s will be done. I feel so good to know the power of your prayers accompanying me. ... I am happy in the thought that I can help some souls who need help. ...'"
- ^ A Servant of God, Father Kapaun died in a POW camp and is being considered for posthumous awarding of the Medal of Honor. Milburn, John, "Army says Kansas Army chaplain Rev. Kapaun worthy of Medal of Honor for service in Korean War", Associated Press, October 13, 2009. Baltimore Sun website. Retrieved 2009-10-15. The article includes an undated photo (released by the Catholic Diocese of Wichita), showing Fr. Kapaun saying Mass in the field.
- ^ "Robert Raymond Brett". January 4, 2003 (updated November 13, 2010). Retrieved 2011-11-28. "He was ordained in the Marist order in 1962 and enlisted in the Navy in 1967 .... LT Brett's name appears on the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial."
- ^ "Robert Raymond Brett / Alexander Scheleph Chin". Arlington National Cemetery Website. Michael Robert Patterson. May 27, 1999 (updated August 20, 2006). Retrieved 2011-11-28.
- ^ At the following webpage, scroll down to "Lieutenant Robert R. Brett • Vietnam War • 1936-1968". Centner, Pat. "No Greater Love: A Memorial Day Salute to Military Chaplains". American Family Association. Retrieved 2011-11-06. "Born in Pennsylvania, Brett earned a B.A. and a master’s degree from Catholic University. [He] joined the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines near the Khe Sanh Combat Base in Vietnam. .... On February 22, 1968, [he] and his aide [PFC Alexander S. Chin] found themselves on an air strip in Khe Sanh ... when they came under enemy fire. ... Brett told the chopper to take off without him and his aide, which allowed Lt. Pete Post to go instead. ... [A]n incoming rocket struck, killing Brett, Chin and eight others. .... [In 1998 and 1999, their remains were moved to Arlington National Cemetery and] buried on Chaplain’s Hill ... – united in death as they had been in life."
Further reading 
- See: Military chaplain#Further reading
- Crosby, Donald F., 1994. Battlefield Chaplains: Catholic Priests in World War II. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas. ISBN 0-7006-0814-1
- O'Brien, Steve. Blackrobe in Blue: The Naval Chaplaincy of John P. Foley, S.J. 1942-1946 (see external link, below)
- O'Rahilly, Alfred. The Padre of Trench Street (about Jesuit Father William Doyle). ISBN 1-905363-15-X
- Boyle, Maureen (October 28, 2011). "Priests in Uniform: Twice Called to Serve: A growing number of men bravely fill a crucial need as Catholic military chaplains". Columbia (magazine). Knights of Columbus. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- O'Neill, Eddie (November 7, 2010). "Keeping faith alive on the front line: Ministry hopes MP3 players with spiritual content strike chord with troops". Our Sunday Visitor newsweekly. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
- Weatherbe, Steve (September 20, 2010). "Spiritual Sustenance: New Organization Feeds Sacramentally Starved Troops". National Catholic Register (print edition). Retrieved 2010-09-25.
- O'Neill, Eddie (February 7, 2010). "In the face of weakness, strength in the Spirit: Diagnosed with the terminal illness commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, one priest shares his experience and understanding of suffering". Our Sunday Visitor. Retrieved 2010-11-03.. Fr. Dan Farley is a fifteen-year veteran of the U.S. Army chaplain corps. He retired as a chaplain and returned to St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Portage County, Wisconsin, in the Diocese of La Crosse, in June 2009.
- Spanish military archbishop: The Church is close to those who fight for peace", Catholic News Agency (CNA), Madrid, Spain, July 15, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- Daigle, Fr. David, "Snapshot of a shipmate: LTJG Philip Johnson", Catholic News Agency, Washington D.C., June 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- "Vicar General for the Diocese of Fargo to return to active duty", Catholic News Agency, Fargo, N.D., February 11, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- "Chaplains are entrusted with spreading Gospel of peace in military, Pope says", Catholic News Agency, Vancouver, Canada, October 26, 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- "Colombian priest to provide chaplain services to Hispanic US troops in Iraq", Catholic News Agency, Orlando, Fla., June 8, 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
External links 
- Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, official website
- Archdiocese for the Military Services of the United States. Giga-Catholic Information (GCatholic.com). Retrieved 2010-08-20.
- Military Ordinariate of United States of America, Military. David M. Cheney (Catholic-Hierarchy.org). Retrieved 2010-08-20.
- Sacramental Records Form. Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, website
- Find Sacramental Records. Mission Capodanno website
- FAQs; How to obtain a baptismal certificate. U.S. Coast Guard website (Chaplain of the Coast Guard). Retrieved 2009-12-03.
- U. S. Naval Academy: Guide to Catholic Wedding Documents & Preparation (at "Weddings in the USNA Chapel" webpage). USNA Chaplain Center webpage.
- Information, Guidelines & Regulations For Catholic Wedding Ceremonies At the U.S. Naval Academy (at "Weddings in the USNA Chapel"). USNA Chaplain Center webpage.
- Worksheet for Catholic Weddings at the U.S. Naval Academy (at "Weddings in the USNA Chapel" webpage). USNA Chaplain Center webpage. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
- Catholic Weddings: Information, Guidelines & Regulations (rev. August 2006) / Military Wedding Protocol (at "Weddings in the USNA Chapel"). USNA Chaplain Center webpage.
- Mission Capodanno website (Catholics in the Military; serving personnel, chaplains and families of those in the U.S. military)
- Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW) website. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- O'Brien, Steve. Blackrobe in Blue: The Naval Chaplaincy of John P. Foley, S.J. 1942-1946. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- Global Catholic Statistics: 1905 and Today by Albert J. Fritsch, SJ, PhD
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