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8th Marine Regiment


8th Marine Regiment

Camp Lejeune, N.C.
MISSION of the religious ministry team
The Religious Ministry Team (RMT) provides operational religious ministry to assigned personnel and their family members in order to strengthen 8th Marine Regiment’s readiness and mission capability by providing faith group-specific support, facilitating and accommodating essential religious practices, caring for all, and advising the command.  The RMT will deliver religious ministries in garrison, combat, and in military operations other than war.

LCDR Ulysses Lopez Ubalde

U. S. Navy


Father Ulysses L. Ubalde grew up in the Philippines and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and minor in Mathematics from Aquinas University of Legazpi City.  He studied for the Catholic priesthood at Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC, at Washington Theological Union of Maryland, and at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology / Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.  In May of 1993 he earned a diploma with the degree of Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry (M.Div.)  In 1993 he was ordained to the Priesthood by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick.  Father Ubalde served at parishes in Paramus, Fort Lee, and Mountainside, New Jersey.


In 2003, Father Ubalde entered active duty as a Navy chaplain.  His assignments have included, 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd FSSG, Okinawa, Japan; Marine Corps Base Okinawa, Camp Kinser chapel; USS SAIPAN (LHA-2); USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65); 2nd Marine Division, he deployed to Iraq from January to July of 2009 with II MEF forward.  He also served in Afghanistan from July 2009 to March 2010 as Deputy Chaplain for the Marine Expeditionary Brigade (2MEB-A).  Father Ubalde served at Naval Air Station (NAS), Sigonella, Italy; aboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) as Group Chaplain; and in Marine Corps Installation Pacific, MCB Butler, Okinawa, Japan. 


He is currently assigned to 2nd Marine Division, 8th Marine Regiment, as Regimental chaplain.

marriage enrichment retreat




Marriage Enrichment Retreat (MER), utilizing the PAIRS foundation curriculum and Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP). During an intensive weekend, couples learn essential skills for enhanced communication, self-worth, empathy, emotional expression, and healthy conflict resolution that enrich relationship satisfaction.  Couples will have an opportunity to put the training into action over the weekend. Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operations (CREDO) programs are traditionally 48 hours in length held on Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. 






Personnel Growth Retreat (PGR) are 24-48 hours retreat, utilizing group interaction and discussion.  Participant are able to identify possible issues and problems affecting them as well as self-reflection on ways to improve professionally and personally.


For those who are interested, please contact 8th Marine Regimental RP: RP2 Logan Murray at 910-450-8610; e-mail: or 8th Marine Regimental Chaplain: LCDR Ulysses L. Ubalde at 910-450-8623; e-mail: and we will facilitate your intention.


You may also directly contact CPO (SW/AW) Jerry Hutchins, Headquarters Support Battalion, CREDO LCPO at 910-451-8411; e-mail: