Federal Ministries


May 23, 2007

When Charles Arlin attended basic training after joining the Army Reserves in 1955, he was "terribly homesick for the Episcopal Church."

"I went to the general Protestant service, and it didn't work for me," he recalls. Eventually, he found an Episcopal chaplain -- a classmate of his...

January 31, 2005

Bishop George Packard, the Episcopal Church’s suffragan bishop for chaplaincies, was elected chair of the executive committee of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Services at its annual conference in Alexandria, Va.

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May 18, 2004

May 6, 2004

For all who serve in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait

My dear friends,

This letter comes to thank you for your dedicated service to our church and our country, and to assure you of my prayers for your safety and wellbeing.

In my Easter message, I wrote:


March 31, 2004

A CLIMATE OF anxiety and fear hangs persistently over U.S. troops in Iraq because of plentiful weapons and easy access to them throughout the country, said Suffragan Bishop George Packard after his return from a five-day visit. During the trip, he presided at services, gave support to a half-...

December 9, 2003

Flying over the Pacific for a visitation to Hawaii the first week of December, Bishop Suffragan of the Armed Forces, George E. Packard, saw an elderly man wearing a baseball cap with the words, “Survivor Pearl Harbor, Schofield Barracks, December 7, 1941.” “One starts to get some sense of what...

May 11, 2003

During the April Executive Council meeting, held at a conference center near Baltimore, Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold took a few hours to visit U.S. Army private first class Donald R. Schafer at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northern Washington, D.C.

The 23-year-old Schafer...

March 7, 2003

Bishop George Packard, in charge of the Episcopal Church's chaplaincies, reminded a 'community gathering' of staff at the Episcopal Church Center that the impending war with Iraq will involve not only Episcopal soldiers but a number of chaplains. He reported that there are seven Episcopal...

February 18, 2000

In a colorful ceremony that blended religious and military symbolism, the church consecrated a Vietnam War hero, the Rev. George Packard, as fifth suffragan bishop for the Armed Services, Healthcare and Prison Ministries February 12 at Washington National Cathedral.

Fifteen bishops...