Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Greetings.
This is an appeal to Christian charity, by a Godly man, a United States Marine Corps chaplain, for the spiritual benefit of his flock. Father John Gwudz is a chaplain at Camp Pendleton and his flock are mostly Marines going through Boot Camp. For those who are concerned of the lack of faith among the youth of America, Fr John says “Rejoice”, for it is alive and well among his Marines.
I was contacted by Fr John in reply to a letter I sent him. I had read on the Internet that there was a need for rosaries by deployed troops and that military chaplains were having difficulty filling that need but I had been unable to confirm the report or to find a contact for distribution. I have seen a web site (www.rangerrosary.com) that makes rosaries for the military but the rosary they make has a lot of parts and is some what expensive unless supplies are bought in large quantities. I designed a rosary that has only 2 parts and can be made for about 50¢. I found Fr John’s address on a site requesting donations of rosaries and sent a letter asking if he would be interested in my contribution.
He called me the day he got the letter. He was ecstatic about the offer and I am now sending him all the rosaries I am making. He also asked that if I could find any other Sacramentals; medals, scapulars, prayer cards, if I would send them along. They do not need to be new.
Now the pitch. If anyone of you have any of these items looking for a good Catholic home, please send them to Fr John at the address below. He will appreciate it and so will his Marines.
Chaplain Fr. John Gwudz
US Marine Corps Chaplain
1245 Chambord Court
Oceanside, CA 92054-6052
These young men are 18-20 years old for the most part. They are mostly away from home the first time in their lives. Some are married and some have children. The job they are doing is serious and dangerous even in peace time. Most of these Marines will deploy. Some will come home in a box, and some will come home with pieces missing. They have put themselves between us and war’s desolation and said “This far and no farther.” They deserve our support.