Chaplains in Need- Update
Since my last correspondence, a chaplain stationed in Africa has been shipped 84 pound of Catholic books and supplies worth over $8,000.
And since my last correspondence, a combat veteran writes:
“I am retired now but I can attest to the great works that your charity sponsors throughout the armed forces. I will send you a donation….It may not be much but please be assured it is donated with the gratitude of someone that has appreciated your support to military chaplains throughout CONUS and OCONUS areas.”
Today’s military remains “a community of generosity” as Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien well noted. And so it really should be no surprise that the first responder from last week’s plea came from a recently retired Army Major and former recipient (back in ’07 when stationed in Iraq).
Mission Capodanno has long been aware of the challenges associated with pastoral care for military personnel- and those challenges increase with each passing day. The solution is right here- in Mission Capodanno’s Free to Chaplains Program.
The most important thing to remember, friends,is that $100K is needed by the end of the year- $50K needed by the end of this month. Know for certain that without major funding these programs will cease and Mission Capodanno will close its doors after 13 years of service. Should that happen, the ones who will sustain the greatest loss are chaplains and troops, most especially military personnel serving without a priest, without the sacraments.
Forward this to family and friends and invite them to be part of the solution!
PS. A stateside chaplain is standing by waiting to receive another $11,000 shipment before Christmas. Help Mission Capodanno to comply!
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