• Bishop F. Richard Spencer, vicar for the European and Asian Vicariates of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visits Katterbach at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach April 7, 2014, as part of Clergy Day for military religious leaders from throughout Germany.

    Bishop F. Richard Spencer

    Bishop F. Richard Spencer, vicar for the European and Asian Vicariates of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visits Katterbach at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach April 7, 2014, as part of Clergy Day for military religious leaders from throughout...

  • From left, Chaplain (Maj.) Krzysztof Kopec of Grafenwoehr and Vilseck, Chaplain (Capt.) Stephane Migy of Garmisch, Bishop (Col.) F. Richard Spencer, Father Thomas Gricoski, Chaplain Jim Betz (Lt. Col.) of Kaiserslautern, Father Helmut Pflanz of Landstuhl, and Father Matthias Schmitz of Baumholder, stand together for an April 7, 2014, Clergy Day event at Katterbach, Germany.

    Clergy Day Attendees

    From left, Chaplain (Maj.) Krzysztof Kopec of Grafenwoehr and Vilseck, Chaplain (Capt.) Stephane Migy of Garmisch, Bishop (Col.) F. Richard Spencer, Father Thomas Gricoski, Chaplain Jim Betz (Lt. Col.) of Kaiserslautern, Father Helmut Pflanz of...

  • Bishop F. Richard Spencer recognizes, from left, Melissa Munoz, Tara Duplessie and Evelyn Hegendoerfer by presenting them with the Auxiliary Bishop for the European and Asian Vicariates Coin during Clergy Day held April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

    Recognizing Volunteers

    Bishop F. Richard Spencer recognizes, from left, Melissa Munoz, Tara Duplessie and Evelyn Hegendoerfer by presenting them with the Auxiliary Bishop for the European and Asian Vicariates Coin during Clergy Day held April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

  • Bishop F. Richard Spencer opens Clergy Day with a devotional prayer April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

    The opening of Clergy Day.

    Bishop F. Richard Spencer opens Clergy Day with a devotional prayer April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

  • Bishop F. Richard Spencer opens Clergy Day with a devotional prayer April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

    Bishop Spencer.

    Bishop F. Richard Spencer opens Clergy Day with a devotional prayer April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

  • Father Thomas Gricoski recieves the host before it is served in the ceremony of the Eucharist, during a Clergy Day event April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

    The ceremony of the Eucharist

    Father Thomas Gricoski recieves the host before it is served in the ceremony of the Eucharist, during a Clergy Day event April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

  • Father Thomas Gricoski performs the ceremony of the Eucharist, during a Clergy Day event April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

    The ceremony of the Eucharist

    Father Thomas Gricoski performs the ceremony of the Eucharist, during a Clergy Day event April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

  • Fathers Thomas Gricoski and Kopec serve the Eucharist to USAG Ansbach parishioners during a Clergy Day event April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

    The ceremony of the Eucharist.

    Fathers Thomas Gricoski and Kopec serve the Eucharist to USAG Ansbach parishioners during a Clergy Day event April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, Germany.

  • Bishop F. Richard Spencer leaves USAG Ansbach after a successful Clergy Day on April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, and says goodbye to Evelyn Hegendoerfer.

    Bishop Spencer says goodbye.

    Bishop F. Richard Spencer leaves USAG Ansbach after a successful Clergy Day on April 7, 2014, at Katterbach, and says goodbye to Evelyn Hegendoerfer.

ANSBACH, Germany (April 9, 2014) -- The auxiliary bishop for the European and Asian Vicariates met with active-duty and contracted priests serving the U.S. Army throughout Germany during an April 7 visit to Katterbach for the quarterly Clergy Day meeting to discuss Soldier and Family spiritual readiness and resilience.

Bishop F. Richard Spencer, who is based in Weisbaden, Germany, has the responsibility of providing pastoral ministries spiritual services and is the sole endorser of Roman Catholic chaplains to the U.S. government in Europe and Asia. This includes the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force in more than 134 countries from the Azores Islands to Japan.

Evelyn Hegendoerfer and Melissa Muñoz, the Catholic Parish coordinators for Storck Barracks and Katterbach Kaserne, along with Tara Duplessie and Meredith Greene, the religious coordinators for Storck Barracks and Katterbach, greeted the bishop. The bishop and the Clergy Day attendees were treated to a breakfast buffet.

The attending priests were active-duty Soldiers, with the exception of two who serve in the communities of Baumholder and Landstuhl as contracted priests until active-duty priests can be assigned to those communities.

The event's guest speaker, Father Thomas Gricoski, was specially invited by the bishop to attend this Clergy Day. Gricoski, a Benedictine monk, presided over Clergy Day by discussing his experiences in Veterans Affairs hospitals and the importance of helping veterans and service members with post-traumatic stress disorder. Gricoski also conducted the sacrament of the Eucharist for the USAG Ansbach community at Katterbach Chapel following Clergy Day.

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