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Albany priest named chief of army chaplains

July 27, 2011

Father Donald Rutherford, a priest of the Diocese of Albany, has been named the US Army’s chief of chaplains. Father Rutherford, who holds the rank of major general, served in his diocese from 1981 until 1990, when Bishop Howard Hubbard released him for military service.

Father Rutherford, who in 2003 signed a letter calling for the ordination of married men, has received numerous decorations, including the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit, which were awarded in recognition of his actions while ministering to soldiers under attack in Iraq. Father Rutherford will supervise the 2,700 chaplains of different religions who minister to the 548,000 men and women serving in the Army.


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jul. 27, 2011 12:25 PM ET USA

    Do you think Fr. Rutherford ever reflects how distinguished his Army career would have been if not for the charism of celibacy?