CH (LTC) John Hugus, USAR (Retired) continues in a very active chaplaincy ministry. John lives in Jacksonville, FL, and is shown here on Palm Sunday afternoon. One nautical tradition on this festival is the annual “Blessing of the Boats.” Though an Army Chaplain, John provides a joint and inter-agency ministry at the invitation of city officials along with assistance from the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. A 30-minute procession of sail and power boats passed along a point on the St John’s River. A fountain behind John depicts the “Lone Sailor.” Each boat and their passengers received a blessing along with a sprinkling of water he blessed.
In addition, John is active with the local American Legion and served as a busy, contract instructor for the nearby Navy bases leading CREDO programs with service members and their families.