Navy chaplain Jesuit Father Christopher Fronk in a moment of contemplation after a long day in the desert of Afghanistan.
Jesuit Father Christopher Fronk Spending Christmas in Iraq with Troops
December 23, 2015 — Jesuit Father Christopher Fronk, who serves as
a military chaplain in the United States Navy, will spend Christmas in Iraq to offer
pastoral support to U.S service members.
While currently assigned to the naval aircraft carrier USS
George H.W. Bush, Fr. Fronk is on a one-month assignment in Iraq, which
includes traveling to as many Iraqi locations as possible to celebrate Christmas
Mass and Catholic pastoral support to U.S. and coalition forces.
Fr. Fronk, who will become president of Jesuit High School of
New Orleans in November 2016, said: “I’m actually excited about being in a
location where the need is greatest. Also, if I’m going to preach at Jesuit
High School about the importance of being Men of Faith and Men for Others, I
better practice what I preach.”
Fr. Fronk celebrates Mass in the Middle East.
This is Fr. Fronk’s second visit to the Middle East. His service
with the Second Marine Division Forward as Command Chaplain included a yearlong
deployment to the front lines in Afghanistan from 2011-2012.
Father John P. McBride, SJ, veteran of the 75th Infantry Division during WW II who saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and helped in the liberation of France before becoming a teacher, pastor, and chaplain throughout the Northwest, entered into God’s peace October 20.
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