Memorial Mass Scheduled SEPT. 3, 2015 for Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM 1929-1967

Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

WHAT: A Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, on the 48th anniversary of his death on a battlefield in Vietnam. 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.

WHERE: The Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C., 20017.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015.

BACKGROUND: 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 gave physical and spiritual assistance to wounded and dying U.S. Marines during battle with the North Vietnamese Army. Father Capodanno posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and in May 2006 the Catholic Church authorized the official beginning of his Cause for Canonization and thus recognizing him as a Servant of God. The Cause is officially promoted by the Father Vincent Capodanno Guild, a private Catholic Church association and not-for-profit corporation.

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.