Happy B-day Navy Chaplaincy… 239 years strong!

29 11 2014

I was greatly influenced by a Navy Chaplain while stationed in Hawaii. He was a role model, credit to the Chaplain Corps, and gift to sailors. His name is Father John Newton. I wept like a baby when I said good-bye. He told me, “thank you for your gift of tears”.  The Chaplain Corps celebrated 239 years on November 28th. Check out the last paragraph of this edited article…

Pastor Dave

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Correa, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) — The U.S. Navy’s Chaplain Corps celebrated their 239th birthday in Alumni Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland, Nov. 19.

The theme of the evening reflected the spirit of the work and ministry within the sea service and recognized the impact chaplains make every day as they seek to bring peace, hope and encouragement to the lives of all they serve.

“Navy Chaplains have supported the religious freedom of our service members and brought a ministry of presence to the battlefield and the deckplates,” said Chief of Navy Chaplains, Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben. “Remember those chaplains who have served and fallen in the line of duty,”

Nearly 1,000 chaplains, active and reserve, from more than 100 religious organizations provide hope and spiritual strength to Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and their families.

“All of you bring tremendous passion, energy and authenticity to you ministry,” said Kibben. “You and your families face the same deployment and separation as the service members we serve.”

For 239 years U.S. Navy chaplains have been where it matters, when it matters to enrich the spiritual lives of the Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and their families and to ensure they are able to enjoy a community of their faith.

The U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps was established Nov. 28, 1775, when the second article of Navy Regulations was adopted. It stated “the commanders of the ships of the thirteen United Colonies are to take care that divine services be performed twice a day on board and a sermon preached on Sundays, unless bad weather or other extraordinary accidents prevent.”

For more info on the Navy Chaplain Corps, visit: www.chaplain.navy.mil and http://chaplaincorps.navylive.dodlive.mil

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