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Collection for the Archdiocese of Military Services
The National Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) is a special collection taken once every three years with the approval of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Proceeds benefit the AMS, which provides Catholic Church’s full range of programs, pastoral service, and liturgical celebrations to Catholics in the U.S. Armed Forces. It will be taken up in most dioceses and parishes across the country at weekend Masses November 9-10.
The AMS was established by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1985. Its mission is to “serve those who serve,” specifically, those who serve in uniform on active duty or reserve, study to be officers in the U.S. Military Academies, receive treatment at many of the 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the fifty states, Puerto Rico and Guam, or work in civilian jobs for the federal government beyond U.S. borders, and the families of these populations. All told, 1.8 million American Catholics worldwide depend on the AMS and its bishops, endorsed chaplains, deacons, and lay leaders for their spiritual care and free exercise of faith.
The National Collection for the AMS was approved in 2012, first taken in 2013, and again in 2016.