Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

WHAT: The Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, on the 45th anniversary of his death. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will be the main celebrant.

WHERE: The Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

BACKGROUND: This annual Mass is celebrated in memory of Father Capodanno, who was killed on a battlefield in Vietnam on September 4, 1967 as he gave physical and spiritual assistance to the dying Marines of the 1st Marine Division. 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 Sainthood.

The Mass is open to the public. Military members are encouraged to wear the uniform of the day and civilians, business attire

Media coverage is welcomed.