First permanent deacon commissioned as RAF chaplain

Big news:  Rev David Skillen, a Permanent Deacon from the Diocese of Lancaster is the first Permanent Deacon to be commissioned as a Chaplain in the Royal Air Force. He was commissioned following training at RAF Cranwell as part of a specialist entrants course which included a Salvation Army and Presbyterian Chaplains, doctors and a [Read More...]

A prayer on D-Day

The following press release was sent out this morning by the Archdiocese for Military Services:  Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer delivered the invocation at today’s internationally televised ceremony in Normandy marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when U.S.-led Western Allied forces landed to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation. In the ceremony, attended by U.S. [Read More...]

Report: Military association plans to ask for atheist chaplains

Details:  In what some might see as an oxymoron, an advocacy group apparently is preparing to ask the Defense Department to appoint a chaplain — for atheists. A source tells Fox News that the Military Association of Atheists and Free Thinkers plans to make the request on Tuesday, floating its president Jason Torpy as the [Read More...]

“They took confessionals and he put them in his bar as urinal stalls”

  Photo: by Evan Boudreau/Catholic Register From The Catholic Register in Canada comes this story of one man’s efforts to save the sacred:   When Mark Siolek read an article about a bar owner purchasing confessionals from the Archdiocese of Buffalo to be used in bathrooms, his stomach turned. “They were having like a church yard [Read More...]

From death to life: joining a parish gives meaning to men on death row

From CNS: Some of the newest members of Holy Family Parish will never attend Mass at their church. They will never talk with fellow parishioners over coffee and doughnuts after Mass, join the church choir or volunteer for a mission trip. They are inmates on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. Some [Read More...]

Chaplains erect billboard supporting phrase “So help me God”—UPDATED

This press release was posted by the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Freedom: The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Freedom has joined with other members of the Restore Military Religious Freedom coalition to provide a message via billboard to Air Force Academy cadets regarding their freedom to use the phrase “So help me God.” The billboard went [Read More...]

Fasten your seatbelts: airport chaplains find their role changing

Photo: Tami Chappell for The New York Times From The New York Times:   The young man, weighed down by luggage and despair, was a first-time flier on his way to a funeral in Detroit. His father’s. He was unaware that most airlines no longer haul checked bags free, and he was short on money. So [Read More...]

A man on Death Row remembers Fr. Austin, “a priest to call our own”

Photo by Michael Alexander / Georgia Bulletin From the Georgia Bulletin comes this beautiful tribute to a priest, written by a man on Death Row:  I actually cannot remember the first time we met, but the years have been long since his arrival to Death Row. Our deacon was Mr. Tom Silvestri, and at the [Read More...]

Army seeking new recruits to be chaplains

From The Washington Post: For decades, the Catholic Church has struggled with a shortage of priests. But the problem is particularly acute in the U.S. military, where the overall shortfall has led to a shortage of Catholic chaplains within the Defense Department. What makes the problem particularly difficult for the military is that Catholic doctrine [Read More...]

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...]