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. 


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 -Financial Literacy and Planning
10:00 am: Arrival, Registration & Breakfast
10:30 am - 1:00 pm: Career Transition Speaker, Small Group and Luncheon Discussions

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 -Wellness for the Body, Soul and Spirit
10:00 am: Arrival, Registration & Breakfast
10:30 am - 1:00 pm: Career Transition Speaker, Small Group and Luncheon Discussions

RSVP - Please email your attending response and/or any questions to Jocelyn Rowe at

Events held at Knights of Columbus Hall- 5034 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Second Floor, Washington DC (cross street, Garrison Street)
Parking behind the building and on the street; Friendship Heights Metro Stop 2 blocks away.



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.