Airing precedes September 4 Memorial Mass in Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
WASHINGTON, D.C.—With a memorial Mass scheduled September 4 for United States Military Chaplain and Vietnam War hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, EWTN will air a one-hour documentary on the life and death of the Maryknoll priest-chaplain who died in battle serving U.S. Marines.
The Grunt Padre in Vietnam will air three (3) times over the course of the next week on EWTN in North America, as follows:
Sunday, August 19, 10:00 p.m. (ET)
Tuesday, August 21, 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Thursday, August 23, 5:00 a.m. (ET)
Father Capodanno, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant, was killed September 4, 1967 near the city of Thang Binh as he gave physical and spiritual assistance to wounded and dying Marines of the 1st Marine Division during a battle with the North Vietnamese Army. Father Capodanno posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and in May 2006 the Catholic Church officially proclaimed him a Servant of God formally initiating his Cause for Beatification.
The Grunt Padre in Vietnam is a touching documentary about Father Capodanno, who sacrificed his life for the Marines to whom he ministered. Several veterans recount their personal memories and stories involving Father Capodanno. The documentary is based on the book, The Grunt Padre by Father Daniel Mode.
The Memorial Mass for Father Capodanno will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, September 4 in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will be the main celebrant.
The Mass is open to the public and will be broadcast live on EWTN. Military members are encouraged to wear the uniform of the day and civilians, business attire.
Media coverage is welcomed.