Veterans and Military Service Members Ministry

Curt Nelson Photo - Boots At Wall

The Veterans and Military Ministry’s objective is to facilitate material and spiritual support both for veterans and active duty military and their families in our parish and the local community. With the support of a small grant from Catholic Charities DC, the ministry intends to raise awareness of the gifts and talents of veterans in our parish, to provide and promote resources for veterans, especially those who are transitioning from active duty service, and to support Catholic chaplains on deployment. 




Please join the Veterans and Military Ministry as we honor the men and women of our parish and community who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Parishioners are Invited to a coffee and donuts reception immediately following mass in the lower level of the Parish Center. We will be accepting donations of rosaries and adult coloring books and colored pencils/pens for the Washington, D.C. VA Hospital Chaplaincy and the Archdiocese of Military Services.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 -Wellness for the Body, Soul and Spirit

Veterans, Active Duty Military Service Members, and Military and Veteran Spouses, attended a workshop entitled "Wellness for the Body, Soul, and Spirit" that addressed post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Our presenters, Deanna Won and Jim McNulty, presented simple ways to promote one's personal wellness by integrating practical techniques and positive choices into one's life for a healthier and happier life.

Fall 2017 Workshop
: Financial Literacy and Planning: Veterans in transition face unique financial challenges. Our presenter and Blessed Sacrament parishioner, Joe Finnegan led an interactive discussion around Personal Finance and the factors to consider during one's transition from military service. Participants learned about the 5 financial core competencies (Income, Budgeting, Saving, Borrowing, Protecting) and discuss wealth building and tax minimization strategies. Don't be one of the thousands of veterans that puts themselves at financial risk due to a lack of information or support.

Spring 2017 Activities: Washington Nationals Baseball Game: Thanks to the generosity of the Washington Nationals Community Grants Program, the Ministry Team and its guests enjoyed a baseball game on Saturday, April 29.

The Ministry Team sponsored two Military to Civilian Transition Workshops:

May 13: Civilian Transition Workshop: Our guest speaker was Wayne Gatewood, USMC veteran, Code of Support board member, and former owner of Quality Support, a successful government services contracting firm that he operated for more than 25 years.

June 24: Civilian Transition Workshop: Entrepreneurship/Business Start-Up Basics: Our guest speaker was Bill Kelly, USMC veteran and Blessed Sacrament parishioner. Bill spoke about his own experience as a small business owner and the important factors that one should consider when deciding to launch your own business.

More than 30 veterans and active duty military attended the two workshops which also included time for small group discussions led by fellow veterans, food and fellowship. The Ministry Team would like to thank the Knights of Columbus’ Washington Council 224 for their generous donation of their beautiful meeting space for these workshops.

2016 Activities: The Ministry Team held a Moral Injury and Forgiveness workshop in September 2016. Almost 30 clergy and clinicians learned more about this topic, including the spiritual and moral questions raised by military personnel and veterans after deployment, and resources to promote healing.

Around the Veterans Day holiday, the Ministry sponsored many events including a November 3rd Holy Hour to pray for veterans, active duty military and the work of the ministry, a November 13th Mass honoring veterans followed by a coffee and doughnuts social hour when the ministry team shared information and collected donations for the local VA hospital and a Catholic chaplain on deployment overseas.

During the Christmas holidays, the ministry partnered with the Youth Ministry who made rosary bracelets and Christmas cards and continued to collect and distribute the generous donations from the Blessed Sacrament community.



Ministry team includes Jocelyn Rowe, Ministry Lead, and members Aaron Ayers, Luke Holian, Steve Malphrus, Susan Mitchell, Briana Murphy, and Curt Nelson with the support of Father Bill and Father Alec.

The ministry will provide bulletin and newsletter updates for future plans. To get involved in the work of the Ministry, please contact Jocelyn Rowe at ; or at 202-641-4556.

Our monthly meetings are held in the Parish Center lower level, immediately after the 10:30am Mass. Please watch the bulletin for future meeting updates.