On September 2nd, 2014, The Reverend Canon Jay Cayangyang was promoted to the rank of Commander in the United States Navy Chaplain Corps. The ceremony was held at Chapel By The Sea aboard Naval Station Mayport, Florida where Canon Jay serves as a Navy Reserve Chaplain assigned to Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic (CNSL) Ministry Center. Bishop Derek Jones was on hand to deliver the invocation and blessing on Jay while his parents and family members watched with joy and delight. Also in attendance for the celebration of promotion were, The Right Reverend Neil Lebhar, Bishop of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese and The Very Reverend Doctor Gary Pollitt, CAPT, CHC,USN (Ret) past Executive Director of the Military Chaplains Association. Jay currently serves on staff with the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy as both Coordinator for Military and Governmental Chaplains and Coordinator for Special Projects. His responsibilities for the Jurisdiction include heading up THE CENTURION PROJECT, a new retreat based healing ministry program for military veterans, first responders, and their families. The first retreat is scheduled for December.
The Pastoral Care Minister program was the precursor to the establishment of Deaneries within the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy. On August 1st, 2014 The Rt. Rev. Derek LS Jones directed the stand-up of three deaneries under the direction and oversight of The Very Rev. Harry Mathis, Provost.
The Deaneries are:
Hospital Prison Hospice, and Law Enforcement (and other professionally credentialed chaplains) under the care of Very Rev. Scott Buck, Associate Provost and The Rev. David Noles, Associate Dean.
Community, Education, and Industrial Chaplains under the care of The Very Rev. Gary Pollitt, Dean and The Rev. Ken Webb, Associate Dean.
Military and Military Association Chaplains under the care of The Very Rev. Hal Scott, Dean and The Rev. Canon Daniel Waterman, Associate Dean.
While PCM’s did their best to keep as much constant contact as possible, under the new structure it will be incumbent upon chaplains to maintain contact for pastoral and professional matters with their Deans.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a lawsuit in an attempt to use the IRS as a weapon to censor sermons on moral issues that have political implications. Among the many churches and pastors in the crosshairs was one of our own: Chaplain Patrick Malone who besides being a chaplain is also the Vicar of Milwaukee-based Holy Cross Anglican Church. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty joined with Patrick and the church to stand up to FFRF. The Becket Fund is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. Once Patrick and the Becket Fund became involved, the FFRF couldn’t work fast enough to ask the court to dismiss its own lawsuit! “This (FFRF) lawsuit was a bad idea from the beginning—who thinks the IRS should be deciding what a preacher says in a sermon?” said Daniel Blomberg, Legal Counsel for the Becket Fund. In a statement, The Right Reverend Derek LS Jones, Bishop of the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy, said “My sincere thanks to Daniel Blomberg and the Becket Fund. I’ve worked closely with Daniel on many issues and know he is a champion in the battle to preserve Religious Liberty. Without Religious Liberty, no one is truly free. I’m thankful for Fr. Patrick and the members of Holy Cross; and proud of the courageous stand they took… as should also EVERY church in the USA!”
You can read the full article on the Becket Fund site at: http://www.becketfund.org/militant-atheists-sound-retreat-give-forcing-irs-censor-sermons/
The Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy congratulates Ensign Jesus Dominguez, the Anglican Church of North America’s newest Navy Chaplain Candidate Program Officer (CCPO)! A Marine Captain turned seminarian,he was commissioned on Monday in a ceremony held in the chapel of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Charlotte. ENS Dominguez is also a Simeon Fellow at Christ Church Anglican in Winston-Salem, North Carolina under the leadership of Father Ben Sharpe. Father Sharpe offered the invocation and the Oath of Office was administered by Navy Chaplain, Canon Jay Cayangyang.
We congratulate Chaplain Sean Wead for being awarded the Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes ministry excellence of chaplains in mid-career and nominations are forwarded to MCA by the five constituent Chiefs of Chaplains. Chaplain Wead was recognized for providing guidance to the ethical curriculum schools of the Command and General Staff College. He wrote and implemented the first mandated ethics program for Majors enrolled in the Command and General Staff Officer Course, resulting in training for more than 14,000 Army, Reserve, Inter-Agency, and Joint Service field grade officers. Chaplain Wead then designed and implemented a program to educate the faculty in advanced ethics in order to facilitate these classes. He currently works with TRADOC and the Chaplain Corps in support of a campaign focused on key moral leadership principles in the military and teaches at CGSC.