Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Carlisle Parishioner Appointed New Chancellor for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

Colonel Anita Raines, USA (ret.)
Colonel Anita Raines, USA (ret.)

“My first reaction was, ‘Wow!’”

Anita Raines, a retired Army Colonel and parishioner of Saint Patrick Parish in Carlisle, wasn’t expecting the phone call from the Most Reverend Timothy Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. But when the call came asking her to serve as the next Chancellor for the Archdiocese, Col. Raines saw the opportunity as a perfect blend of her military and civil service careers.

“I’m thrilled to be able to serve in this way,” said Col. Raines. “The AMS has a precious mission to provide this global coverage to 1.8 million Catholics. I take that responsibility seriously.”

After discerning this opportunity and taking it to prayer, Col. Raines said accepting the new role was “an easy yes.”

Col. Raines has served in uniform and civil service for nearly four decades, but this position brings together her military background and deep love for the Catholic faith.

“These are the two pieces of my life that I love dearly,” said Col. Raines.

“For decades now, I’ve served as a Catholic leader in uniform.” As a leader, Col. Raines added that the physical, mental and spiritual care of the men and women she led was a great responsibility. “You have to provide for their spiritual care. It didn’t matter to me if they were Catholic, Jewish, Muslim…if you were a leader, you had that responsibility. I’m thrilled to be able to continue that for the young men and women in uniform.”

Col. Raines has spent more than a decade serving with the Archbishop, the AMS auxiliary bishops and the vicar general as a “Dame of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, where I am the Military Section Representative in the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy and Archbishop Broglio is the Military Section Prior, as one of the Region IV representatives and Chair of the USCCB’s National Advisory Council during an exceptionally difficult time for the U.S. Church, and as a member of the AMS’s St. John XXIII Foundation Board of Directors.”

As Chancellor for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Col. Raines is responsible for archiving all the important documents for the Archdiocese. Her office also processes all applications from priests seeking a Catholic military chaplaincy in any of the United States military branches as well as permanent deacons wishing to assist the chaplains and seminarians. Col. Raines’ office also supports the chaplains, Catholic coordinators and religious education staff at every U.S. military installation in the world in their efforts to provide the Catholic faith for the more than 1.8 million Catholics serving in the armed forces.

Col. Raines comes to the Archdiocese after a distinguished career in the Department of the Army. For the last nearly 40 years, as a U.S. Army Commissioned Officer and Department of Defense Civil Servant, Col. Raines has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in logistics, operations, resource, and planning management. Most recently, Col. Raines served as the Director of Organic Industrial Base Strategy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Material Readiness, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Col. Raines has served as the Region IV Representative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) National Advisory Council (2016-2020), and as the Chair of its Executive Board (2019-2020). She has served in and supported 10 dioceses throughout her long military career.

Col. Raines will step into the office of the Chancellor succeeding Father Robert R. Cannon, J.C.D. Cand., a priest of the Diocese of Venice, FLA, and a retired Air Force Chaplain who has given distinguished direct service to the AMS for the past eight years. Father Cannon will continue to serve in the Archdiocese during Col. Raines’ transition to Chancellor, and plans to remain in the Washington, D.C. area as he completes his doctorate in Canon Law. Before his appointment as Chancellor in 2016, Father Cannon had a distinguished, 30-year Air Force career, retiring at the rank of Colonel. He earned his licentiate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, in 1988, and has served in a variety of pastoral and administrative posts.

Members of Saint Patrick Parish in Carlisle since 2007, Col. Raines and her husband, Jay, who teaches at the school, plan to remain parishioners and residents of the Carlisle area, while maintaining an apartment in Washington D.C.

To learn more about the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, please visit www.milarch.org.

By Rachel Bryson, The Catholic Witness

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