Father Vincent Capodanno a Worthy Example for the Catholic Church in Troubled Times, Archbishop Broglio Says

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Vietnam War hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., (1929-1967),  a Catholic U.S. Navy chaplain killed in action while supporting Marines under enemy gunfire, could well serve as a good example for the Church as it deals with the abuse crisis, according to the Archbishop for the Military Services, USA. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., made that observation in his homily last night at a memorial Mass for the slain priest on the 51st anniversary of his death in combat. “He cared for the vulnerable,” Archbishop Broglio said, “because the Marines were under attack. He imitated his Lord by giving his life so that others might live.” Continue reading

New Biography on Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent Capodanno Now Available on Amazon

WASHINGTON, DC — A new biography of Vietnam War hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno is now available on Amazon. Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, by the Reverend Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni, H.E.D., explores the life of the U.S. Navy chaplain lieutenant from his Italian-American roots and Catholic upbringing on Staten Island, NY, all the way through his foreign missionary service in East Asia to his heroic death at the age of 37 on a Vietnam battlefield while rushing, unarmed, to the aid of wounded and dying U.S. Marines under ambush. Father Capodanno, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his valor in combat, is now under consideration for canonization by the Holy See’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The 228-page biography was reviewed by the Historical Commission of the Cause for Canonization for Father Vincent Capodanno. The Commission, appointed by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, consists of Msgr. DiGiovanni, the Rev. Msgr. Robert F. Trisco, and Capodanno biographer Father Daniel L. Mode. Continue reading

Memorial Mass Scheduled SEPT. 4, 2018, for Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

The annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (EDST) on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the 51st anniversary of his death on a Vietnam battlefield. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the United States Military Services, will be the main celebrant and homilist. Continue reading

Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer Joins Fellow Prelates in Visit to Korea’s Demilitarized Zone

DEMILITARIZED ZONE (DMZ), Korea – On Monday, August 13, 2018, Archbishop Alfred Xuereb, the Apostolic Nuncio to Korea, visited the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. He was accompanied by Archbishop Tommaso Caputo, Prelate of Loreto, Italy; Bishop Francis Xavier Yu Soo-il, O.F.M., Bishop of South Korea’s Military Ordinariate; and Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Continue reading

Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services Planned for October 7

Emmitsburg, MD — All are welcome to the annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services at the Seton Shrine on Sunday, October 7, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the Patroness of the Sea Services, which includes the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Public Health Service. The late Cardinal John J. Connor, when serving as the … Continue reading

Memorial Mass Scheduled SEPT. 4, 2018, for Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. (EDST) on Sept. 4, 2018, for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, on the 51st anniversary of his death on a Vietnam battlefield. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the United States Military Services, will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Mass, which will be held in the Crypt of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20017.

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Watch Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno July 4 on EWTN

WASHINGTON, D.C. — EWTN will celebrate the nation’s 242nd birthday next week by televising Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno, the Gabriel Award winning docudrama about the celebrated U.S. Navy Chaplain, Vietnam War hero, and candidate for sainthood. EWTN will broadcast the film in North America on Wednesday, July 4, at 10 a.m. (EDST) with an encore showing that same day at 4:00 p.m. (EDST). Continue reading

Seven Catholic Priests Gather to Discern Possible “Vocation Within a Vocation” as U.S. Military Chaplains

WASHINGTON, DC – Seven Catholic priests from seven religious communities and U.S. dioceses are gathered in Washington, DC, this week for a five-day discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called to the “vocation within a vocation” to serve as U.S. Military chaplains. The all-expenses-paid retreat, “For God and Country: a Call to Serve Those Who Serve,” is the fourthof its kind to be sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), since 2015. Continue reading

Prospective New Catholic Navy Chaplain Ordained a Priest

LAFAYETTE, LA – Father Benjamin Pitre, a United States Navy chaplain candidate, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 23, in Lafayette, LA. His ordination was celebrated at a 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist through the laying on of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit by Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel of Lafayette. AMS Auxiliary Bishop Richard B. Higgins concelebrated the ordination Mass.  Continue reading

SALUTE Magazine Receives Awards at Catholic Media Conference

GREEN BAY, WI – The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada saluted SALUTE Magazine with two awards Friday night, June 15, 2018, at the organization’s annual Catholic Media Conference in Green Bay, WI. SALUTE is the quarterly news magazine of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Edited by Ms. Jo Ann Redmond, SALUTE has a circulation of approximately 50,000 worldwide. Continue reading

Prospective Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain Ordained a Priest in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA. – Father Michael Metz, a candidate to join the United States Army as a chaplain, was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, June 16, in Atlanta, GA. Father Metz is on track to serve on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) once he completes three years of pastoral service in his home Archdiocese of Atlanta.  Continue reading