The prayer books, blessed by Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for military service, will be distributed to active-duty military personnel serving the United States around the world.
Volunteers and select Knights of Columbus servicemen delivered the first of 100,000 copies of a new edition of a prayer book for military personnel to the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center in Washington, DC, Base attachment of the archdiocese for military services on November 9.
The prayer book, Armed with the Faith: A Catholic Manual for Military Personnel, is the sixth edition of the book, which, according to a Knights of Columbus spokesperson, “is a valuable prayer and moral teaching resource that nurtures faith and helps shape conscience.”
The prayer books, which were blessed by Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Service (AMS), will be distributed to active-duty military personnel serving the United States around the world.
Archbishop Broglio said in a November 10 press release that he was grateful to his brother knights who “actively contribute to the spiritual growth and well-being of the men and women in uniform and their families.”
The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world, with over 2 million members in 16,000 councils around the world.
Prayer books are not only made for spiritual warfare, but also for physical endurance.
The press release says the books are “designed to withstand harsh conditions, with features such as waterproof and tear-resistant media, and plastic binders that turn pages silently.”
The new edition includes an introduction from Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly, who served in the Navy for 24 years.
“Throughout my military career, my fellow soldiers and I have been strengthened and comforted by a daily commitment to pray, as we ask for God’s intercession to protect our nation and help us preserve our freedoms,” said Kelly in a prepared press release.
“I hope that today’s active-duty military personnel will find the Armed with faith Catholic prayer book their indispensable resource for reflection and prayer, ”he said.
Kelly served in many different roles during her time “on land and at sea, on active duty and in reserve status.” As Judge Advocate General (JAG), his expertise was in international and operational law. He was also the Commander of the International Law Unit at the US Naval War College.
In addition to serving on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Kelly was the staff judge advocate for Amphibious Squadron 2 during his time aboard the Navy ship on USS Guam.
Retiring from the JAG Corps Reserve in 2016, Kelly won three Navy Medals of Honor, five Navy Commendation Medals and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Archbishop Broglio said Kelly “continues a great tradition of patriotic service in our country, both as a retired naval officer and now from New Haven,” where the Knights of Columbus are based in Connecticut. .
A “house edition” of the prayer book is available and published by the Knights of Columbus Catholic Information Service. The “Home Edition” is intended for non-active personnel, including military families, veterans, members of Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units, and students of US military academies.
The Knights also issued a Armed with faith documentary in March on YouTube. The documentary, Armed with the Faith: the Knights of Columbus and the Military, recognizes the military service of members of the Knights of Columbus throughout the history of the United States.