Georgia Pastor is USAR Chaplain of the Year

Congratulations to Chaplain (Major) Jim Higgins, U.S. Army Reserve, recently named the 2008 Chaplain (Lieutenant) Vincent Robert Capodanno National Chaplain of the Year by the Reserve Officers Association. You can still read about Higins’ deployment to Iraq in Letters from the Desert, the blog he wrote from August 2006 to September 2007 . Higgins currently serves as a pastor in Powder Springs, Georgia.

The award is named for Father Vincent Capodanno, a Navy chaplain who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam conflict, and who is now being considered for canonization by the Catholic Church. That’s some company to keep.

MethodistThinker has the story of Higgins’ award and a video of him delivering the invocation before the House of Representatives on 4 February 2009. A great prayer – and under one minute. The Army Times has a few words about the chaplain as well.

Pro Deo et Patria.