The press release went out this morning, and I am so excited!
In a joint effort between Liguori Publications and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, 700 copies of my book, Reveille for the Soul: Prayers for Military Life will be distributed to new US Military recruits.
I am delighted. And humbled.
When I compiled the devotional, I had hoped that it would do some good along the way.
It has, and it will continue to do so.
Compiling the book was a labor of love. First, because I’m a former military mom and am grateful that my son returned unharmed from his deployments. Second, because I have the utmost respect for the men and women who lay their lives on the line to protect us.
It also was one of the toughest projects I’ve ever worked on, as I had worked on it while my son was deployed. It stirred up feelings and emotions that nearly drained me. But it didn’t drain my completely, by the grace of God, and the book came to life.
I’m incredibly grateful for that.
I’m also indebted to the dozens of military men and women who dared to open their hearts to contribute to the book.
Believe me. They had the hardest part of the project!!
Here is what the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, said about the endeavor, “The long Redemptorist tradition of touching the heart of anyone in need of spiritual counsel and healing is concretized once more in both the publication of Reveille for the Soul and in its distribution without cost to those beginning their military service. In the context of the Holy Year of Mercy this gift for the young people entrusted to my pastoral care constitutes a priceless invitation to draw near to Almighty God. I am very grateful to Liguori Publications for this initiative.”
What a grace to be part of such an important initiative!
While I have your attention, let me put the bug in your ear: This Memorial Day, please consider gifting the military men and women in your life with a copy of Reveille for the Soul. I know from experience and anecdotally that no one understands military personnel like military personnel. Reveille was written by military men and women, for military men and women. That’s why it has been so popular and effective.
Below is the full release.
News Release – May 3, 2016
Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Distributes Liguori’s Donation of Reveille for the Soul to Seven Installations
LIGUORI, Mo. — Liguori Publications, a Catholic publisher and ministry of the Redemptorists, donated 700 copies of Reveille for the Soul: Prayers for Military Life to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), to serve the pastoral needs of recruits. The AMS is distributing the books on a limited basis among seven military installations across all branches of the U.S. Military.
The Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, said, “The long
Redemptorist tradition of touching the heart of anyone in need of spiritual counsel and healing is concretized once more in both the publication of Reveille for the Soul and in its distribution without cost to those beginning their military service. In the context of the Holy Year of Mercy this gift for the young people entrusted to my pastoral care constitutes a priceless invitation to draw near to Almighty God. I am very grateful to Liguori Publications for this initiative.”
Virgil Tipton, Liguori’s publisher, said it’s fitting that the company is donating this book as Memorial Day approaches.
“When Liguori created Reveille for the Soul, we strove to make a book that honored all U.S.
Military men and women and provided them with a lifeline to faith,” said Tipton. “We are donating these books in hope that they bring every recipient—especially those far from home—a little closer to the Church.
“We also want to recognize our customers and printer, our partners in mission and ministry, who helped make this donation possible,” said Tipton.
Liguori customers helped support the donation campaign through their purchases of Reveille for the Soul. Liguori donated one book for every book purchased during the campaign. KC Book Printing & Binding of North Kansas City, Mo., donated a portion of the printing cost for the books.
Reveille for the Soul fits in the shirt pockets of military men and women and expresses the emotions, questions, and aspirations found in their hearts. The book offers more than 50 prayers and reflections for times of transition, loved ones at home, and comrades in arms.
“Reveille was written by the military, for the military, in every respect,” said Marge Fenelon, the book’s compiler and a journalist, author, and speaker. “As the mother of a son who served with the National Guard, I greatly appreciate what soldiers and their families endure.
“I’m grateful to all our military personnel for their service and also to God for the chance to help ease the way for them through this unique devotional,” said Fenelon. “I’m especially grateful to the military men and women who opened their hearts to contribute to the book.”
Liguori Publications is a leading provider of award-winning Catholic publications for parishes and individuals in every stage of faith and life. A ministry of the Redemptorists, Liguori publishes inspirational and educational print and digital books, catechetical and faith-formation programs, newsletters, pamphlets, Vacation Bible School programs, and parish bulletins. Our flagship magazine, Liguorian, communicates a timely pastoral message to Catholics on matters of faith and has been a cherished companion of Catholics for more than 100 years.
The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), was established as an independent archdiocese by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. Military and VA
Medical Centers. AMS-endorsed priests serve at more than 220 U.S. Military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed priests also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S. The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population. Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs. For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, visit milarch.org, the only official website for Catholics in the U.S. Military.
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Photo cutline: Military Services Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio peruses one of 700 copies of Liguori’s Reveille for the Soul, donated to serve the pastoral needs of recruits.
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The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS)