Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

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Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
Fœderatarum Civitatum Americæ Septemtrionalis
Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.svg
The coat of arms of the Archdiocese for the Military Services
Location
Country United States of America
Coordinates 38°56′07″N 76°59′32″W / 38.935399°N 76.992086°W / 38.935399; -76.992086
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established July 21, 1986 (30 years ago)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio
Auxiliary Bishops Richard Brendan Higgins
F. Richard Spencer
Neal Buckon
Robert J. Coyle[1]
Website
www.milarch.org

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (formally the Military Ordinariate of Archdiocese for the Military Services of the United States), provides the Roman Catholic Church's pastoral and spiritual services to those serving in the armed forces of the United States and their dependents and to all military and naval bases, to the facilities of the Veterans Administration,[2] and to other federal services overseas. It was originally established as a military vicariate, with the Archbishop of New York also serving as the military vicar, in 1917 and subsequently reorganized as an archdiocese, with its own archbishop and its see relocated to the District of Columbia, by Pope John Paul II in 1986. The current diocesan bishop is Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio. He is assisted by several auxiliary bishops. Together, they oversee Catholic priests serving as chaplains throughout the world. Each chaplain remains incardinated into the diocese or religious institute for which he was ordained.

The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA is a personal jurisdiction, meaning that it has no defined territory and that its jurisdiction extends to those whom it serves throughout the world. This 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.

History[edit]

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 Vicariate, 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.

Chaplain Joseph T. O'Callahan ministers to an injured man aboard USS Franklin (CV-13), 1945.

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 formally established the Military Vicariate of the United States of America.[3] 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. Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor—a retired Navy chaplain with the rank of Rear Admiral, having served as chief of Navy chaplains (the military's title for its own senior chaplain officer) who subsequently served as an auxiliary bishop for the Military Vicariate—succeeded Cardinal Cooke as Archbishop of New York and Apostolic Administrator of the Military Vicariate. He oversaw the completion of the transition. On July 21, 1986, Pope John Paul II reconstituted the military vicariate as the present Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA,[3] naming Archbishop Joseph T. Ryan its first archbishop.

As of April 2013, about 25% of the U.S. armed forces are Catholic.[4]

Prelature[edit]

The lists of bishops, archbishops and auxiliary bishops and their tenure of service:

Military ordinaries and archbishops[edit]

  • Bishop (later Archbishop of New York and then also Cardinal) Patrick Joseph Hayes, Vicar Apostolic of Military, USA (24 November 1917 – 4 September 1938)[5]
  • 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[6]
  • Bishop John Francis O'Hara, CSC, Military Delegate (11 December 1939 – 10 March 1945)* [7]
  • Bishop William Richard Arnold (15 May 1945 – 7 January 1965) — Died in office. Prior to becoming Apostolic Vicar for the U.S. Armed Forces, General Arnold was previously the Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army.
  • Archbishop (later Cardinal) Terence James Cooke, Vicar Apostolic for the U.S. Military (4 April 1968 – 6 October 1983) and Archbishop of New York – Died in office.[8]
  • Joseph T. Ryan, first Archbishop for the Military Services (16 March 1985 – 14 May 1991) – Retired. Died October 9, 2000[9]
  • Joseph Thomas Dimino, Archbishop for the Military Services (14 May 1991 – 12 August 1997). Resigned for health reasons. Died November 25, 2014.
  • Edwin Frederick O'Brien, Archbishop for the Military Services (12 August 1997 – 12 July 2007) – Appointed archbishop of Baltimore[10]
  • Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services (25 January 2008 – present)

* 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[edit]

A Catholic chaplain ministers to American Marines and Sailors in Tikrit, Iraq
Chancery of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, in Washington, D.C.

Chancery[edit]

The diocesan chancery is located in Washington, D.C.[13]

Noncombatant status[edit]

See: Military chaplain § Non-combatant 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[edit]

Prayers[edit]

See also: USN Chaplain Corps prayers, USMA Cadet Prayer, and Air Force Hymn
Prayer for the Archdiocese[16]
Prayers for the Military[17]
Prayer for Troops[18]

Notable chaplains by conflict[edit]

For historic photographs of Army chaplains in World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War, see Army Chaplain Corps Museum.
See footnote[21]
U.S. Navy Chaplain Kenneth Medve celebrates Catholic Mass on board the USS Ronald Reagan (2006)

Mexican–American War[edit]

  • John McElroy, S.J. – One of two of the Army's first Catholic chaplains. Founder of Boston College.[22]
  • Anthony Rey, S.J. – One of two of the Army's first Catholic chaplains. Vice president of Georgetown College (1845).[22] First Catholic chaplain killed during service with the U.S. military.

Civil War[edit]

For Civil War chaplains, see footnote.[23]
  • Emmeran M. Bliemel, OSB – He was the first Catholic chaplain killed in action during the Civil War.[24]
  • 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.

Spanish–American War[edit]

World War I[edit]

  • 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 – 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.
  • Colman O'Flaherty – Chaplain with the 1st Infantry Division; was killed in action, in France; posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
  • Barry O'Toole

World War II[edit]

A US Navy chaplain celebrates Catholic Mass for Marines at Saipan, June 1944, commemorating comrades fallen in initial amphibious landings.
A tall stone monument stands on a grassy hill in a graveyard
The Catholic chaplains' monument on Chaplains Hill in Arlington National Cemetery.
See footnote[26]

Korean War[edit]

See footnote[26]

Cold War (pre-Vietnam)[edit]

Vietnam War[edit]

See footnote[26]

Cold War (post-Vietnam)[edit]

Iraq War/War on Terror[edit]

Fiction and literature portraying Catholic military chaplains[edit]

See also[edit]

A Roman Catholic army chaplain celebrating a Mass for Union soldiers and officers during the American Civil War (1861–1865).

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.catholicnews.com/data/briefs/cns/20130426.htm#head1
  2. ^ Bunson, Matthew (July 4, 2017). "Shepherding God's Military Flock". National Catholic Register. EWTN News, Inc. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b Archdiocese for the Military Services of the United States. GCatholic. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  4. ^ Karen Jowers (5 April 2013). "Training material listing Catholics as ‘extremists’ angers archdiocese". Army Times. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ O'Brien was created a cardinal in 2012.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, official website. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  14. ^ "St. Nicholas Center: People". St. Nicholas Center. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  15. ^ 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).
  16. ^ Prayer for the Archdiocese. Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  17. ^ Prayers for the Military. Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  18. ^ Prayer for Troops. U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ Go to Prayer for Troops and scroll down to "A Soldier's Prayers". U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  21. ^ Military Heroes. Mission Capodanno website. Catholics in the Military. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  22. ^ a b O’Conner, Thomas H. "Breaking the religious barrier", The Boston Globe, Boston, 10 May 2004.
  23. ^ 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. 
  24. ^ "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). 
  25. ^ McClarey, Donald R. (October 3, 2016). "Hero of the Maine: Father John Chidwick". CatholicStand. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o 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.
  27. ^ http://the-american-catholic.com/2009/03/11/sunday-in-paradise/
  28. ^ A Servant of God, Father Kapaun died in a POW camp and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on April 11, 2013 by President Barack Obama. 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.
  29. ^ Chaplain Dennis Murphy celebrates mass for the men of 65th AAA Bn., at Bolo Point, Okinawa. July 19, 1951. http://www.reporternews.com/photos/galleries/2010/jun/24/look-back-korean-war/18954 Retrieved 2013-9-6.
  30. ^ For information about Father Brett, go to "United States Navy Chaplain Corps § Notable chaplains" and click on the three footnotes next to his name.
  31. ^ Scroll down – through the 32 ecclesiastical provinces (in alphabetical order) – to the Washington archdiocese, below which is the Military Services archdiocese and its archbishop and auxiliary bishops.

Further reading[edit]

Books
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
  • O'Malley, Mark Francis. An History of the Development of Catholic Military Chaplaincy in the United States. Gregorian University, 2009 (dissertation).
Internet

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