Commander, Submarine Group Two


Lay Leader Program at Naval Submarine Base New London Receives Catholic
Prayer Books

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- A Catholic priest who provides services to the Catholic community at Naval Submarine Base New London's Chapel of the Thames presented 12 "Sunday Prayer Books" to the Naval Submarine Base New London chaplain's office in Groton May 10.

The donated prayer books will be provided to the lay leaders currently serving aboard attack submarines stationed in New London.

"This will provide the lay leaders with the materials to be able to pray in union with the entire Catholic community on Sundays during their deployments," said Rev. Tom Hoar, who celebrates Catholic Mass Sundays and holy days at the submarine base.

The books were donated to Hoar by the Father Murphy Council of the Knights of Columbus of Mystic. Hoar added that these books contain all of the readings and prayers for each Sunday that the Catholic community uses throughout the world.

"This gift is a wonderful demonstration of giving and speaks to the strong bonds between our Navy and local community," said Lt. Shaun Kennedy, Naval Submarine Support Center New London. "It also demonstrates their ongoing support for the spiritual lives and needs of the submariners during their deployments."

Lay leaders on board a submarine provide religious services, in the absence of a chaplain, for their particular faith group.

Kennedy added that Sailors considering volunteering for a lay leader program are required to complete the following criteria for appointment: Interview by the command chaplain or, if no command chaplain, a chaplain in the unit's chain of command; recommendation from a division officer, leading chief petty officer, or department head; approval by the member's ecclesiastical body; completion of the lay leader training program; recommendation from the interviewing chaplain to the commanding officer, and appointment in writing by the commanding officer.