WASHINGTON, D.C.—Make a donation of at least $20 to the Father Capodanno Guild, and receive a FREE DVD of the newly released, 90-minute film, Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno. To make a donation and order your DVD, go to www.capodannoguild.org/donate. (To make sure your payment goes to the Guild, please use this link, NOT the one published in e-TTENTION.) Donations to the 501(c)(3) organization are tax deductible.
Called and Chosen, which premiered last night on EWTN, explores the life and death of the Maryknoll missionary who became a U.S. Navy chaplain during the Vietnam War. Written and directed by award-winning Catholic filmmaker James C. Kelty, the docudrama depicts the events leading up to Father Capodanno’s death at 38 from more than two dozen gunshots in Vietnam’s Quế Sơn Valley as he moved fearlessly around the battlefield—unarmed—administering the sacraments to embattled U.S. Marines, encouraging those waging the fight, and pulling the wounded to safety.
Father Capodanno received the Medal of Honor posthumously on January 7, 1969, and the Holy See’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints is now considering whether to recognize him as a Saint. The Guild was formed in 2013 by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, to guide along that process.
Appearing last night on EWTN Live, Guild Chairman Capt. George J. Phillips, USMC (Ret.), said that individual donations are mission-critical for the Guild. Capt. Phillips told program host Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., that “[t]he Guild has two responsibilities: the first is to provide the funding for all the work that has to go in toward the canonization, all the research, all the document reviews, the salary of the postulator… and that takes a lot of time and a lot of effort. But equally as important—and that’s why we decided to do this DVD, you know—we have to spread the good news of the life of this holy priest, this Navy chaplain who served with the Marine Corps and died with the Marine Corps, to the widest possible audience, and so in fulfilling those two missions, it keeps us pretty busy.”
Ms. Mary Preece, Vice-Postulator of the Cause, who appeared on EWTN Live along with Capt. Phillips and filmmaker Kelty, said the Guild also needs another kind of support from the public as the Church considers the case. “Right now,” she told Father Pacwa, “one of the things we are most requesting is if someone has had an answered prayer to a significant illness or something that we can attribute to his intercession.” To report such a favor, go to http://www.capodannoguild.org/report-favors/ .