Father Dairo E. Diaz, a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford and a U.S. Air Force chaplain serving in Afghanistan, celebrates Mass with soldiers for the repose of the soul of Father Jacques Hamel, the priest who was killed by terrorists on July 26 in Normandy, France.
Father Diaz, who is a captain in the Air Force, said in an email that they offered the Mass for the eternal rest of Father Hamel after hearing about the brutal murder of the 85-year-old priest as he celebrated Mass in an ISIS-related attack.
Father Diaz wrote that he considers it a privilege, honor and joy to serve as a chaplain for the men and women in the armed forces.
“I witness the physical, mental and spiritual challenges they face every day in a very harsh environment. As a priest and chaplain, I accompany them every step of the way in the mission to protect our families and our nation from terrorism,” he wrote.
“Before our country's enemies organize and plan an attack on our homeland, my airmen and soldiers are working and fighting to prevent that attack,” he added. (Photos submitted)