What is the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services (US)?

Introduction The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (formally the Military Ordinariate of Archdiocese for the Military Services of the United States) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical jurisdiction or archdiocese that provides the Catholic Church’s pastoral and spiritual services to those serving in the armed forces of the United States and their dependents and to… Read More


What is the Bishop to the Forces (UK)?

Introduction The Anglican church in the British Armed Forces falls under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury; however, for all practical purposes the function is performed by the Bishop to the Forces. His full title is “The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Episcopal Representative to the Armed Forces”. The Bishop to the Forces is not a… Read More

What is a Military Ordinariate?

Introduction A military ordinariate is an ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church, of the Latin or an Eastern church, responsible for the pastoral care of Catholics serving in the armed forces of a nation. Background Until 1986, they were called “military vicariates” and had a status similar to that of apostolic vicariates, which are headed… Read More

What is the Bishopric of the Forces in Great Britain?

Introduction The Bishopric of the Forces (in Great Britain) is the Latin Church Catholic military ordinariate (non-geographically aligned) which provides chaplains to the British Armed Forces based in the United Kingdom and their overseas postings. It is exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See (not part of any ecclesiastical province) and its Roman Congregation… Read More

Who was Charles J. Watters?

Introduction Charles Joseph Watters (17 January 1927 to 19 November 1967) was a chaplain (major) in the United States Army and Roman Catholic priest. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honour for bravery exhibited while rescuing wounded men in the Vietnam War‘s Battle of Dak To. Born in 1927, Watters joined the Air National… Read More

A Contemporary Perspective of Military Chaplaincy in Sweden

Research Paper Title Military chaplaincy in Sweden: A contemporary perspective. Background Pastors serving as military chaplains have been an integral part of the Swedish Armed Forces for hundreds of years. This close relationship has continued even after the Church of Sweden was formally separated from the state in 2000. Yet contemporary research drawing from experiences… Read More