- Jul 15, 2020
The Archdiocese for the U.S. Military Services ordained two new auxiliary bishops on Monday.
Pope Francis has named Father Joseph L. Coffey and Father William J. Muhm as auxiliary bishops of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services.
Relatives of the first chaplain to die in World War II accepted the Silver Star on his behalf 76 years to the day after he died saving 12 sailors during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Ships and planes from several navies are searching for ten missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain, after it collided with an oil tanker near Singapore. Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who heads the Archdiocese for the Military Services, said: “Mindful of those who defend the nation in troubled times and in danger, we renew our prayers for a just and lasting peace in the world.”
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services has commended U.S. military chaplains “who put their lives on the line daily to serve those who serve.” The archdiocese said that about 210 Catholic priests are currently on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. About four dozen of those priests serve in the Navy.
The Archdiocese for the Military Services is charged with pastoral care of Catholics in the military, in all five branches, their dependents, any Catholic who is a patient or a resident on a facility governed by the Department of Veteran Affairs, and any U.S. Catholic who works for the Federal Government outside the United States. It is estimated 1.8 million Catholics are under its pastoral care, but it only has 208 priests currently serving.