This year’s Mass celebrated for the repose of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, took place on 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in the Crypt of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20017. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the United States Military Services, was the main celebrant and homilist.
This annual Mass is celebrated for the repose of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, a Catholic Military Chaplain and U.S. Navy Lieutenant who was killed in Vietnam on September 4, 1967 as he rushed to the aid of wounded and dying U.S. Marines in battle with the North Vietnamese. Father Capodanno posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and in May 2006 the Catholic Church recognized him as a Servant of God, thus authorizing the official beginning of his Cause for Canonization. The Cause is officially promoted by the Father Vincent Capodanno Guild, a private Catholic Church association and not-for-profit corporation.
Watch the 2019 Memorial Mass for Father Capodanno
- Read the full text of Archbishop Broglio’s homily.