Military priest commemorates Memorial Day

Posted by Katie Loftus
Monday 30, May 2016 | Category:   Clergy
Vision 2016 Loftus 1 Father Samuel Giese, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, standing alongside an armored personnel carrier during his 2005 deployment to Iraq as a combat area chaplain with the Army National Guard.
Father Samuel Giese, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, stands alongside an armored personnel carrier during his 2005 deployment to Iraq as a combat area chaplain with the Army National Guard.

As reported by Crux, Father Samuel Giese is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington who serves as a senior Army chaplain for the D.C. National Guard, with the rank of colonel. During the Memorial Day weekend, he honors veterans who’ve given their lives for their country during Mass. 

Father Giese has a special relationship with those who serve in the armed forces. He served in Iraq with the 155th Brigade Combat Team of the Mississippi National Guard, during a time when those soldiers not only faced the anxiety of war in that country but also worries about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in their communities back home.

“I think as Catholics, particularly as priests, we often talk about sacrifice. In situations like war, you have the opportunity to see people sacrifice for others, so it puts a lot of things in perspective, including Jesus’s sacrifice,” Giese said.

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