Federal chaplains serve those in the military, Veterans Administration hospitals, and federal prisons, providing spiritual and day-to-day support to service men and women overseas and stateside, veterans requiring medical services, and the incarcerated. They bring spiritual healing and comfort to those with no other faith resources. If you are interested in federal military or prison chaplaincy, call the office of the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries; the Deputy Endorser will explain the programs, the application process, and will stay involved with you each step of the way.


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October 11, 2012
This year’s Episcopal Chaplains’ Gathering took place June 24 -25 at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, in New Haven, Connecticut. Energized by the changes in the Episcopal Church, campus ministry and the world, it was most appropriately themed “The Winds of Change.” Campus chaplains representing all eight domestic provinces met in to ask questions, build relationships, and...
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January 12, 2012
Photo/Richard Schori On Jan. 10, the Rt. Rev. James Magness, bishop suffragan for federal ministries, was installed as a canon at Washington National Cathedral. What follows is Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s sermon. Installation of Bishop James Magness as Canon for Armed Services and Federal Ministries Evensong, 10 January 2012 St. Peter and St. Paul, Washington, DC The...
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January 10, 2012
There is a standing joke about the different kinds of canons, but it only helps a little that they’re spelled differently.  The one we’re installing tonight is a person attached to a cathedral.  Originally canons were cathedral clergy who lived by a shared rule, but today a canon is someone who is honored by being given an assigned place to sit, a stall or seat in the...
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November 15, 2011
Some wounds of war are all too visible -- a missing leg, a shattered arm. The invisible wounds of mind and soul are often more difficult to spot, and equally hard to treat. But those who know where to look can help them heal, and it's a message that is hitting home for U.S. congregations as more than 1.35 million veterans adjust to civilian life after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan,...
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November 11, 2011
Editor's note: This piece first appeared online in The Huffington Post's Religion Section. For many people of my generation who came of age through rites of passage in the 1960s, military service most often was looked upon as the least preferred life choice. Even amongst those of us who joined the military service through our own choice -- often to avoid the Selective Service which, we...