Ambassadors of Peace: The Army Prayer Leaders

Ambassadors of Peace: The Army Prayer Leaders

Manila : Philippines | Apr 04, 2012 at 3:54 AM PDT
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US Army Chaplains Corps

Manila, Philippines – Over the years, the role of the Army prayer leaders has become more clearly defined. Contrary to popular beliefs, soldiery is not about leading people to war; soldiery is about leading men to God.

A manifestation of this is the military chaplain who has continuously provided the soldiers and the organization with emotional and spiritual security.

Military chaplains are responsible for keeping the country’s armed forces in the service of God. They play a vital role in upholding the spiritual and moral attributes of military men who have lived through the worst and abominable experiences and misfortunes one could ever encounter in life.

A military chaplain may be a priest, a pastor or an imam (Muslim prayer leader) who acquires an officer’s rank of a probationary 2nd Lieutenant upon joining the military for their special services.

They are considered non-combatant soldiers and are protected under the international law from any form of attack or violence by the opposing party.

They are bound to the five pillars of serving namely: the religious worship, pastoral care and ministration, moral education, counseling and social leadership.

The Adventurous Soldier Priest

Born as the youngest among the nine children of farmers, Major Rey Victor V. Vigo was never shorthanded when it comes to the people he could count on and could look up to.

He was born and raised in the province of Capiz by the regular church-going Vigo family. His cousins and uncles are also priests which contributed in molding him into becoming a servant of God.

After graduating from high school, he felt that he is being “called” to take on and tread the road less traveled.

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A US Army Chaplain holds a Sunday worship service for soldiers
A US Army Chaplain holds a Sunday worship service for soldiers
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