News: Fort Carson observes National Prayer Breakfast
Story by Spc. Andrew Ingram
FORT CARSON, Colo. – Soldiers, families and Fort Carson civilians gathered to break bread and pray during the Fort Carson National Prayer Breakfast at the “Mountain Post” Special Events Center, Feb. 9.
During the meal, Fort Carson community members prayed and fellowshipped together before considering the words of, guest speaker, Archbishop Timothy P. Borglio, Catholic Archbishop of the Military Services.
Units and posts throughout the Army participate in prayer breakfasts as part of the Army’s overall religious support plan to strengthen the spiritual resiliency of soldiers, said Maj. Kenneth Hurst, deputy division chaplain, 4th Infantry Division.
“We want to bring together folks to minister to them spiritually,” Hurst said. “Prayer breakfast is a time for people of faith across Fort Carson to get together and pray together as a community and to be strengthened in their faith.”
During his sermon, Borglio urged those in attendance to remember their responsibilities to their comrades and friends as soldiers and people of faith.
“‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’” he asked, referencing the biblical story of Cain and Able. “We all know well that the only response to that question is, ‘Affirmative.’ We are responsible for others. You know that very well, because you serve others every day.”
Borglio said he enjoyed the opportunity to minister to the Mountain Post community.
“I am very deeply grateful for this invitation to participate in the prayer breakfast for the Fort Carson community,” Borglio said. “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of those who worked so hard to organize and make this event a success.”
The prayer breakfast provided many soldiers a much needed opportunity to connect with other people of faith, said Pvt. Dennis Cortez, logistics specialist, Rear Detachment, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.
“It is great to have a gathering of soldiers where the focus is on faith,” Cortez said. “The food is great, and I get to hang out with people who share my beliefs. This is a great experience.”