CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (CNS) — A Boston College Jesuit, Father Daniel R. Sweeney, has compiled a pocket-size book of prayers and catechism lessons specifically for men and women serving in the military.
The 64-page waterproof booklet, designed to fit in the pocket of a battle dress uniform, is actually in its third edition.
It is being distributed free of charge by the Knights of Columbus in conjunction with the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services.
In a news release about the prayer book, titled "Armed With the Faith: A Catholic Handbook for Military Personnel," Father Sweeney said he hoped the book will meet demand among military personnel to better understand the teachings and traditions of the Catholic faith in a manner that directly addresses the realities of military life.
The book includes prayers, devotions, sacramental theology, catechetical information and hymns, along with a brief outline of just-war theory in the Catholic tradition. [Source]
Well that is fitting considering that St. Ignatius of Loyola had been a soldier.
CHICAGO — A Roman Catholic priest from Chicago who is serving in Iraq has decided to become a full-time chaplain, NBC5 reported on Tuesday.
The Rev. John Barkemeyer has been overseas working as an Army chaplain since November. He will be leaving his position as pastor of St. Cajetan Church in the Morgan Park community.
The 41-year-old priest is currently stationed at Camp Bucca, which is the largest detainment facility in Iraq. [Source]
Update: Here is a recent entry from Fr. John’s Journal.