MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Archbishop Timothy Brogio, Archbishop of Military Services, held Mass at the Combat Center Catholic Chapel as part of his international tour of bases and installations around the world, Jan. 26, 2014.
Brogio represents the Archdiocese of Military Service and visits various military installations and Department of Veterans’ Affairs centers around the globe. Brogio travels nearly 200 days out of the year.
Brogio visited to lead parishioners in Sunday morning and evening Mass, confirm new Catholics and to see the Combat Center community.
“It’s really a blessing to have the archbishop here with us,” said Alice-Ann Palu, religious program coordinator, Combat Center Catholic Chapel. “I can’t express how thankful we are to have him.”
During his time at the Combat Center, Brogio celebrated his 6th anniversary of the day he became the Archbishop of Military Services.
“I’m always happy to visit the communities of the archdiocese,” Brogio said. “This one is particularly interesting because it’s my first time here with the presence of the Marines and the striking beauty of the area.”
Among the parishioners being confirmed was Cpl. Michael Feger, supply administration clerk, Headquarters Company, 7th Marine Regiment. Feger worked hard for a year and a half leading up to his conformation. His original confirmation date was pushed back due to a previous deployment, according to Feger.
“It’s just a really good feeling,” Ferger said. “I was just really excited to have him here for confirmation. I was really nervous. I didn’t expect the Archbishop to be here. It’s a very special moment for us.”
The archbishop is visiting five other installations in California in February. He will then return home to Washington, D.C., where he is scheduled to visit Marine Corps Base Quantico.