WASHINGTON, D.C — Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S., (AMS) will hold the first-ever all-expenses-paid discernment gathering for priests who are already incardinated in a U.S. diocese or religious order and currently engaged in pastoral service, but may sense a further call to military chaplaincy

The discernment will be called “For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve” and will be held Oct. 5-9 in Washington, D.C.

During the four-day gathering, AMS clergy, staff, and chaplains will join His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, in giving the priests a realistic picture of what it is like to be a military chaplain and how to become one. The priests will stay at the Washington Retreat House on Harewood Road in Northeast Washington, and from there, go on field trips to Andrews Air Force Base, Fort Belvoir, the U.S. Naval    Academy, and the Pentagon. In these real-life settings, they will meet and talk with military officers, enlisted personnel, and other chaplains. The highlight of the gathering will be a visit to the Pentagon Memorial Chapel where all priests gathered will concelebrate Mass.

Any priest interested in attending “For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve” may contact Deacon Yakir at (202) 719-3600.  For those selected to attend the discernment gathering, AMS will pay all expenses, including travel and lodging.

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