2014-02-07 / Chaplain's News

Fort Gordon National Prayer Breakfast, spiritually strong for God and country

By Chaplain (Capt.) Chris Weinrich
447th Signal Battalion, 15th Regimental Signal Brigade

With the upcoming year of 2014 upon us we celebrate and anticipate great events on Fort Gordon and throughout the Central Savannah River Area. One tremendous event and opportunity for the military and civilian communities around the CSRA comes with the annual National Prayer Breakfast that will take place Feb. 26 at the Gordon Club from 7 to 9 a.m. The Installation chaplain sponsors this great event in February to promote spiritual training and encouragement for the Fort Gordon communities.

The guest speaker for this year’s National Prayer Breakfast will be Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Donald L. Rutherford, U.S. Army’s 23rd Chief of Chaplains. As the Chief of Chaplains, Rutherford leads the Chaplain Corps which consists of 1,500 active and Reserve and National Guard chaplains.

Ordained as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany in 1981, he served as associate pastor of Saint Gabriel’s Church in Schenectady, N.Y.; as Roman Catholic Chaplain of Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, N.Y.; and as Parochial Vicar of Saint Mary’s Parish, Oneonta, N.Y., Rutherford became the 23rd Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army July 7, 2011.

His previous chaplain assignments include serving as the 22nd Deputy Chief of Chaplains, United States Army at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.; Command Chaplain United States Army Europe and 7th Army, Heidelberg, Germany; Command Chaplain Multi-National Corps Iraq, Camp Victory, Baghdad Iraq; XVIII Airborne Corps Chaplain, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Installation Staff Chaplain, United States Army War College and Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa.; Community Chaplain and the 235th Base Support Chaplain, Ansbach, Germany; Division Staff Chaplain, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Ga.; Senior Chaplain Recruiter, Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Washington, D.C.; Deputy Division Chaplain and Division Artillery Chaplain, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Upon ordination, he served in the Army Reserve with the 364th General Hospital until 1990 when he entered active duty.

Please join Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Rutherford and the Fort Gordon community for this incredible event. Please see your Unit Ministry Team or the Religious Support Office for tickets. Suggested donations will be accepted for the cost of the meal.

Pro Deo Et Patria – For God and Country

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