WASHINGTON – The Rev. Timothy Broglio, archbishop for the Military Service, returned to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Sept. 1 to perform Sunday mass for its Catholic community inside the base Chapel Center. Ordained a priest in May 1977, Broglio was named head of the Archdiocese for the Military Service in Nov. 2007 by then Pope Benedict XVI. He has visted the base several times since.
“It means a lot to us to have him here. He’s insightful and cares deeply for service members and their families,” said Father Larry Smith, chaplain to the Catholic community on JBAB. “He’s always kept his word about coming back and performing mass. It’s an honor to have him visit. He can come back as many times as he likes.”
Broglio told parishioners that having faith is very important because military families have sacrificed so much in recent years by way of deployments and separations from loved ones.
For those dealing with symptoms like post-traumatic stress disorder, Broglio also encouraged service members and family members to seek counseling and spiritual support wherever needed.