Priestly ministry to those serving in the armed forces is a unique and special ministry. Those called to serve as Chaplains must be prepared to undertake ministries as diverse as the regions they visit. As a sacramental minister, the priest-chaplain must bring Christ and the healing power of the Church to men and women serving in an endless range of stressful, dangerous and possible deadly circumstances. He must be prepared to transfer from parish ministry to ministry in a war zone at a moment's notice, and act as comforter to service members and their families in a way few others will ever experience.
Over the next week we hear from three priests from our diocese who have served in the armed forces.