“Where’s A Priest When You Need One?”
Archbishop Timothy Broglio Explains the Challenges of Managing the Largest Geographic Diocese In The World – The Archdiocese For The Military Services, USA
Imagine driving to church on Sunday and seeing a sign on the front door “Mass Cancelled. Next Priest 500 Miles.” And that nearest Catholic Mass may be in the next country!
That is one of many challenges facing Archbishop Timothy P Broglio J.C.D, our guest speaker at the Catholics@Work breakfast on December 9, 2014.
Archbishop Broglio is the Archbishop for Military Services. His responsibility is a diocese literally without borders. Just like the British Empire of bygone eras, the sun never sets on the Military Archdiocese which provides the pastoral care for Catholic men and women in uniform at 220 military installations in 29 countries plus 153 VA Medical Centers in the U.S. Archbishop Broglio serves the needs of 1.8 million Catholics (by contrast that is more than three times the Catholic population of the Oakland diocese).
He addresses the urgent needs of a dispersed Catholic population, many of them young people away from home and family, in life-periling assignments. And he has a severe shortage of chaplains. Twenty-five percent of U.S. service personnel are Catholic yet Catholic priests are only eight percent of the Chaplain core.
Archbishop Broglio will share with us a little about his faith journey and how he comes to manage a global footprint that would make many multi-national corporations seem small in comparison. He will give us a peak into military life and little known details about the faith challenges of our Catholic brothers and sisters in uniform and what he and his Chaplains are doing to provide diocese/parish pastoral care to a moving audience on a global basis.
John Dunican, President of Catholics@Work describes the efforts of Archbishop Broglio and his Chaplains, “I have served on Pastoral Councils and understand the challenges the Church faces on a parish and diocesan level. But I never realized how these challenges are magnified when you expand your consideration from a neighborhood to the entire planet and have an ever-moving flock. It seems overwhelming.”
Reflecting on the challenges that seem insurmountable Dunican continues, “Hearing the story of Archbishop Broglio calls to mind the words of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes: ‘In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.’
“Don’t miss the chance to hear this amazing man speak and to gain an unfiltered insight to the religious challenges our men and women in uniform face as they place their lives in danger for us.”
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