Support for the Cause

Gloria Holman, Father Capodanno’s sister, gives out a trophy for “The Father Capodanno Mile” in Staten Island, NY.

Word of Father Capodanno and his Cause for Sainthood continues to spread far and wide.  There have been many recent indications of support from all over.  In addition to a recent podcast out of Indianapolis which featured Father Capodanno’s heroic life and death, there has been some recent action out of Philadelphia and Staten Island.

A group at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia is sponsoring a website entitled “Prayers Unite the World” which enables prayer requests from religious groups around the world: The Father Capodanno Guild website is listed there under “Communities, Causes for Sainthood.”

Additionally, in February, a track meet took place in Staten Island which involved over 1,000 High School kids competing in ten races.  The track meet featured “The Father Capodanno Mile” as the first race. Gloria Holman, Father Capodanno’s sister, was present to award a trophy to the winners of the race.

Presentations to spread the word about Father Capodanno’s virtuous life and heroic death occur frequently around the country and always receive enthusiastic and generous support. Bob and Nancy Giglio addressed the faculty and students at St. Anthony’s High School on Long Island, NY where Mark Capodanno (a relative of Father’s) is a teacher.

Mark Helms presented Father Capodanno’s story on Veteran’s Day to 40 students in the Youth Group at St. Aquinas parish in East Lansing, MI; and in December two Marine Corps JROTC groups of over 200 members at Michigan City High School, IA and River Rouge High School, MI (photo on left).

In March Guild Board member Don Campbell addressed parishioners at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Hatfield, PA. Approximately 60 people attended, and over $500 in donations were raised. Other Guild Board members, Father Dan Mode and Mary Preece collaborated at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church in Fairfax VA, to describe their involvements with promoting the story of the Grunt Padre and his Servant of God status.