Friends,

Earlier this month, Fort Hood became a crime scene when Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three and wounded sixteen before fatally turning the gun on himself.

Yesterday, Fort Hood religious support team requested the maximum allowable through Mission Capodanno’s Free to Chaplain’s Program to assist affected families and restore hope to the community.

Some raw data about Fort Hood:

-  a 340 square mile installation (217,337 acres)
-  the only installation capable of sustaining and training two Armored Divisions
-  home to 1st Calvary Division and 4th Infantry Division, as well as:
*Headquarters Command III Corps
*3d Signal Brigade
*3d Air Support Operations Group
*13th Corps Support Command (COSCOM)
*21st CAV Brigade (Air Combat)
*89th Military Police Brigade
*504th Military Intelligence Brigade
* and others

Army chaplain blesses a soldier's rosary

To provide for needs of the religous support team at Fort Hood, your sustainable monthly gift of $50, $100- or any amount right now- will allow Fort Hood to receive what they requested: 1000 Wartime Prayer books, 4000 CDs, 1000 rosaries and more- yes, and MORE! 

Our contact at Fort Hood works directly with the Catholic chaplain and religious ministry team. The conversation made it quite clear that budget cuts have long been cripling their work, and now with the recent shooting and subsequent trauma, pastoral needs would simply not be met without organizaitons like Mission Capodanno.

Fr Patrick Van Durme offers Mass at Fort Hood

Join Mission Capodanno in praying for families affected by this tragedy, and for the continued resiliency of those working and residing on base. And give generously to Mission Capodanno today.

The Fort Hood community is depending on you and me.

Let’s help rebuild Fort Hood’s spiritual resiliency!

SPONSOR Free to Chaplains- Destination: FORT HOOD

 II) FOCUS missionaries at Naval Academy Annapolis, MD and at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut both recently received a large shipment of Fulton Sheen Wartime Prayer Books and

Lighthouse Catholic Media CDs. FOCUS, Fellowship of Catholic University Students, are college graduates who minister to college students. They arrive by invitation, so thank you Father O’Flanagan and the others who make possible the presence of these young FOCUS missionaries among US military academy cadets! And  thanks to the Fulton Sheen Foundation and Our Sunday Visitor for co-sponsoring them and other recipients.

SPONSOR Free to Chaplains- Desination: MILITARY ACADEMIES

III) A US Army Reserve/321st Civil Affairs Brigade Chaplain wrote to thank Mission Capodanno for support of his ministry. In turn, Mission Capodanno thanks you, our donors and sponsors, for making it possible. Your generosity sustains this ministry. Please remember Mission Capodanno in your planned giving and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #31113).

Sincerely,
Judy McCloskey

Word from Our Founder

If you are among today’s 1.8 million U.S. military personnel [236,500 officers; 1,139,100 enlisted; 12,700 cadets- midshipmen], welcome home.

Military personnel- officers and enlisted, active duty and retired, from every branch of service- speak candidly of their quest to balance “the needs of the Army” (or Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Merchant Marines, Coast Guard) with the will of God.

Chaplains of many faiths, all of whom minister to Catholics in the military, have shared with me the challenges they face.

One spoke of his $250 quarterly budget for religious supplies while stationed at a major Marine Corps base. Another chaplain wrote of his frustration regarding the acquisitions process itself- requests for religious supplies travelling up and down the chain of command for more than a year, only to be denied the week he rotated out to his next assignment.

Providing a proven effective means to supply chaplains with military-specific Catholic resources is one reason Mission Capodanno was formed.

Military personnel and family members, too, speak of the added stress of deployments without a priestly presence. I can relate to that… because I remember that!

Military family life isn’t something you or I observe, casually from the sidelines- or analyse as a case study in American sub-cultures.

We live it. We pray it. We know it.

For many all of us, our children are following suit and learning as we did that sacred balance between duty to country and the will of God, and that where the two converge, there is found peace.

Catholic teachings and military servant-leadership principles converge here into authentic Christo-centric patriotism for the soldier’s heart. We build bridges to bring another step closer the ideal of honorable military service and the reality:

“Those who are sworn to serve in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of nations. If they carry out their duties honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace.” -CCC ¶2310

Welcome to Mission Capodanno.

- Judy McCloskey and Team Capodanno

P.S. Drop me a line and tell me how you’re doing- and how we’re doing! Let me know how Mission Capodanno can better assist your important mission. I look forward to hearing from you.

US Military Personnel and Families: your free Catholic Care Package is waiting here for you- compact, $60 value, free to military personnel and immediate family members. Thank you for your service.

Chaplains- Acquisitions tying things up? Free Fulton Sheen Wartime Prayerbooks, Word Among US subscriptions, CDs and more available here. Request supplies today. (RPs, Commanders and Lay Leaders serving in priestless AOs qualify too!)

Sponsors- Only YOU sustain these programs! Donate securely online, or call today: 540-551-5262. Remember Mission Capodanno in the Combined Federal Campaign: #31113. Contact Debbie for planned giving opportunities: Ask@MissionCapodanno.org