Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, celebrated the annual Mass for the repose of the soul of Father Vincent Capodanno on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. That night marked the 50th anniversary of his death, and an estimated crowd of 650 people gathered that evening in the crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Participants included Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben, Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Navy, and Rear Admiral and Mrs. Brent Scott, Chaplain of the U.S. Marine Corps. Father (MG) Paul K. Hurley, Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Army, was among more than 50 concelebrants joining Archbishop Broglio at the altar. Other participants included Marine veterans who served with Father Capodanno, and a large contingent of midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy. Thousands more watched on EWTN, which broadcast the Mass live across North America.
In his homily, Archbishop Broglio called on the faithful to follow Father Capodanno’s example of Christianity in practice. “Father Capodanno teaches us the value of commitment and belief,” the Archbishop said. “He invites us to give our all in the pursuit of our vocation which is the path the Lord has set for us to share in the joy of His Kingdom.”