Memorial Mass Scheduled Sept. 4 for Father Vincent R. Capodanno EWTN to broadcast Mass live in honor of Vietnam War hero priest

Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., 1929-1967

WHAT: A Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, on the 52nd 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.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

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

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 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.

The Mass is open to the public. Arrive early to ensure seating.

Military members are encouraged to wear the uniform of the day and civilians, business attire.

The Mass will be broadcast live on EWTN. Media coverage is welcomed.

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