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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Chaplain

Patricia Kowalski
847-366-2857


“Following the Foot Prints of Our Lord Celebrating the Past and Praying for the Future” is this year's theme. Chaplains at all levels, remember we are here to support our military families, our members and our community, providing spiritual and emotional guidance when needed.

We the Chaplains of this wonderful organization is our responsibility to open and close all meetings with a prayer and other functions with prayer; give table grace and participate in memorial services and give condolences to family members of deceased Auxiliary members. I know several Chaplains have been a Chaplain for several years and we have many Chaplains that are taking on this position for the first time. To all Chaplains there are many guidelines for us to follow, check your Unit
Guide Book, the National Guidelines, Auxiliary and Legion Chaplain Book of Prayers and the Manual of Ceremonies.

Remember to keep in mind that our prayers and devotional thoughts must be kept non-denominational. Unit Chaplains should send the names of a deceased member, along with a title they have held, President, Charter Member or Gold Star member, etc. to the Department Chaplain. I will send sympathy cards to the next of kin when I have been informed. I have a packet with some information for all of the Division and District Presidents to pass onto your Unit Chaplains. The packet includes the Death notification, Senior and Junior Rules for the Book of Prayers, National Resources and a copy of this report.

There will be information on the Auxiliary Web Page. Please have your Units mail the death notifications to their District, Division and to Department Chaplain's.

Watch for the September “ALA TODAY” article and I am hoping the awards will also be in the article and if not will be in the Awards packet.

A joint Memorial Service will be held during our Department Convention, all District and Division Chaplains will be asked to assist with this Memorial Service at Department Convention.

More information will be forthcoming. At the Junior Conference I will help with a Junior Memorial 
Service and a church service if needed.

I will be compiling a Book of Prayers for our Department President Sue. I would like prayers, 
devotional thoughts and poems submitted from the Units, Districts and Division Chaplains, Officers, Chairmen and members.

All Chaplains are encouraged to make a Book of Prayers to include prayers, devotional thoughts and poems for your President. The Book of Prayers are to be forwarded to the Department Chaplain.

They will be placed on the Chaplain's table in the Display room and returned to you after displayed at Department Convention for you to present to your President. Our juniors are to do the same and follow the guidelines of the Junior Activities Chairman.

“Margaret's Gems of Eighty Plaque” will be awarded to the Unit Chaplain who submits the best “Book of Prayers” directly to me. There will be no District elimination.

There will be personal awards for the First Prayer Received for President Sue's Book of Prayers, to the best Division Book of Prayers, the best District Book of Prayers, to the best District Junior Book of Prayers Class I and II. Certificates will be issued to all entries both Seniors and Juniors.

The duties of the Chaplain and suggestions for activities are as follows:

1. Report the names of members that are ill at meetings and send get well cards.
2. Send a sympathy card to the family and ask the family if they would like the Auxiliary to do a memorial service.
3. You may be asked to do a service for draping the charter.
4. Visiting Legion and Auxiliary members in the nursing homes, hospitals or ones who are shut-ins at home.
5. Keep in touch with the Gold Star Mothers during holidays.
6. Encourage members to send in prayers, devotional thoughts, and poems to make a Book of Prayers.

Making a Unit Book of Prayers.

Collect prayers, devotional thoughts, and poems from all Unit Members. You may add pictures that go along with the prayer, devotional thoughts and poems. You may use decorative paper.

Each prayer, devotional thought, or poem should include the name of the author (if different from the person submitting it), the name of the person submitting it and their Unit, District, and Division number. Follow the Senior contest rules.


“FOLLOWING THE FOOT PRINTS OF OUR LORD CELEBRATING THE PAST AND PRAYING FOR THE FUTURE”

Chaplains at all levels, remember we are here to support our military families, our members and our community, providing spiritual and emotional guidance when needed.

Remember to keep in mind that our prayers and devotional thoughts must be kept non-denominational.

You will find on line the death notification form, senior and junior contest rules, national resources and the awards. You may check with your Division and District Presidents and Chaplains for the above copies. The death notifications should be reported to your District, Division and Department Chaplain so we may respond to the families.

I am encouraging all Chaplains to make a Book of Prayers that include prayers, devotional thoughts and poems for your President. These are to be forwarded to the Department Chaplain. They will be placed on the display table at the Department Convention and returned back to you when the display room closes for you to present to your Presidents. The duties of the Chaplain and suggestions for activities are as follows:

Open and close meetings with a prayer.

Report the names of members that are ill at meetings and send get well cards.

Send a sympathy card and ask the family if they would like the Auxiliary to do a memorial service.  You may be asked to do a service for draping the charter or performing memorial services.

Visiting Legion, Auxiliary members and veterans in the nursing homes, and hospitals. Keep in touch with the Gold Star Mothers during holidays.

Encourage members to send in prayers, devotional thoughts, and poems to make a Book of Prayers.

I am asking all to send in prayers, devotional thoughts, and poems for our Department President Sue's Book of prayers to me.

Resources from National

Log into the National website to access these items
  • Chaplain's Manual
  • Chaplain's Prayer Book
  • The Story of the Four Chaplains
  • The National Chaplain Program Action Plan

Department Resources