Local Priest who flew on Classified Missions Overseas Encourages Support for Military Chaplains
SAGINAW — This weekend, parishes throughout the 11 counties of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw will participate in a special collection to benefit the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA whose 285 priests* serve military personnel in 134 countries around the world.
According to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA website, many deployed military personnel endure adversity, sacrifice and danger while serving their country. Once they return home, they continue to rely on Catholic chaplains for spiritual guidance and support.
One local priest was particularly influenced by military chaplains. “Military chaplains inspired me to become a priest,” said Rev. David Jenuwine, a priest of the Diocese of Saginaw and veteran of the U.S. Navy. “The chaplains were heroic, and during my six years in the U.S. Navy, I decided that I wanted to be a priest.”
Father Jenuwine (pictured above) served as a Chinese linguist and flew on 153 missions in East Asia before entering the seminary. Much of his military work remains classified.
“We chaplains offer counseling, moral guidance, and the sacraments to military personnel and patients in military hospitals.” said Rev. Edward Boucher (pictured left), a retired Navy Commander and military chaplain and retired priest of the Diocese of Saginaw. “As a chaplain, I served around the world, including the South Pole, the Mediterranean Sea, Japan, and more. I gave moral guidance to military doctors, radar technicians, and many others. When counseling sailors, I assured them that I wanted to make them better sailors.”
As Veterans Day approaches, Terri Grierson, director of the Office of Christian Service for the Diocese of Saginaw, says the upcoming diocese-wide parish collection is another special way to honor veterans.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for Catholics living in the diocese to help those chaplains who minister to military personnel both Catholic and non-Catholic,” Grierson said.
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on Feb. 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.
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*number of priests as of 2008