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Fr Capodanno Vietnam Chapel Update September 2014
It's with joy that I report the 2nd annual Memorial Mass for "Servant of God", Fr Vincent Capodanno, USNR, MM, was held in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Da Nang, Vietnam on 14 June 2014. Bishop Joseph Tri was celebrant, with 14 concelebrates, before a resounding youth choir and a church full of dedicated parishioners to the Capodanno Cause. It is notable there was no government interference this year, as opposed to 2013 inaugural Mass.

Father Capodanno, a United States Navy Lieutenant Chaplain, was killed in action 4 September 1967 during the Vietnam War "Operation Swift" while anointing and aiding the 3/5 U.S. Marines [500] under ambush by the North Vietnamese army [2000] outside Que Chau village. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions 47 years ago. [Read citation below]

It is with gratitude that I report that our funding drive for the replacement Que Chau village church destroyed in our war, to be called Fr Capodanno Chapel has 'in hand' $36,000 of our planned $45,000 goal. It is significant that the building permits are in process for government approval, a government now striving for diplomatic relations with the Vatican, broken off in 1975.

To support this chapel, donate to our IRS approved 501 [c] 3 organization with your check mailed to "Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia" 100 North 20th St, Suite 301, Phila PA 19103, marked for "Fr Capodanno Vietnam Chapel Fund". You will receive a written reply for your IRS tax record. For individual naming items $300 [brick] to $2,000 [pew] and/or to donate on line go here:

Most sincerely with faith and reason,
Ted Bronson, Captain US Navy [Ret] Arlington VA

LT Capodanno bio:

A Grunt Marine Story:

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Medal of Honor Citation:
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Chaplain of the 3d Battalion, in connection with operations against enemy forces. In response to reports that the 2d Platoon of M Company was in danger of being overrun by a massed enemy assaulting force, Lt. Capodanno left the relative safety of the company command post and ran through an open area raked with fire, directly to the beleaguered platoon. Disregarding the intense enemy small-arms, automatic-weapons, and mortar fire, he moved about the battlefield administering last rites to the dying and giving medical aid to the wounded. When an exploding mortar round inflicted painful multiple wounds to his arms and legs, and severed a portion of his right hand, he steadfastly refused all medical aid. Instead, he directed the corpsmen to help their wounded comrades and, with calm vigor, continued to move about the battlefield as he provided encouragement by voice and example to the valiant Marines. Upon encountering a wounded corpsman in the direct line of fire of an enemy machine gunner positioned approximately 15 yards away, Lt. Capodanno rushed a daring attempt to aid and assist the mortally wounded corpsman. At that instant, only inches from his goal, he was struck down by a burst of machine gun fire. By his heroic conduct on the battlefield, and his inspiring example, Lt. Capodanno upheld the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom."

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Knights of Columbus Fund to Help Christians
Knights of Columbus Announces Fund to Help Christians Threatened with Extinction in Iraq
Commits $1 million and seeks public donations for humanitarian aid to religious minorities
Donate | Prayer for Iraq
The Knights of Columbus announced today that is establishing a fund to assist those – particularly Christians as well as other religious minorities – facing a horrific and violent persecution and possible extinction in Iraq and the surrounding regions.
The Knights has pledged an initial $500,000 and will match an additional $500,000 in donations from the public.
“The unprovoked and systematic persecution and violent elimination of Middle East Christians, as well as other minority groups, especially in Iraq, has created an enormous humanitarian crisis,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Pope Francis has asked the world for prayers and support for those affected by this terrible persecution, and we are asking our members, and all people of good will, to pray for those persecuted and support efforts to assist them by donating to this fund.”
Anderson added: “It has shocked the conscience of the world that people are systematically being purged from the region where their families have lived for millennia – simply for their faith. It is imperative that we stand in solidarity with them in defense of the freedom of conscience, and provide them with whatever relief we can.”
Those seeking to assist with the relief efforts can donate to K of C Christian Refugee Relief by visitingwww.kofc.org/Iraq or by sending checks or money orders to: K of C Christian Refugee Relief, Knights of Columbus Charities, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966.
Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100 percent of all donations collected by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., will be used for humanitarian assistance for those Christians – as well as other religious minorities –being persecuted or displaced in Iraq and the surrounding region.
The Knights of Columbus has a long history of providing humanitarian relief and has done so following Sept. 11, 2001; last year’s typhoons in the Philippines; Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Sandy; tornadoes nationwide; flooding in Mexico; and tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan.
In addition, the Knights of Columbus has also long supported persecuted Christians. Throughout the 1920s, the Knights provided humanitarian assistance and created international awareness of the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico.
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with more than 1.8 million members worldwide.
Dedicated to charity, Knights last year provided more than $170 million and more than 70 million hours to charitable causes, assisting substantially with several humanitarian disasters from North America to Asia.

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Ordained: June 8, 1991
Appointed Auxiliary Bishop Orange, California: January 5, 2009
Consecrated and installed: March 19, 2009
Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of San Diego: January 4, 2012
Succeeded as Fifth Bishop of San Diego: September 18th, 2013
Died: September 6, 2014

Bishop Cirilo Flores was born in Corona, California, on June 20, 1948, the third child of Cirilo and Armida Flores (deceased). He has three brothers and two sisters, all residents of California. He attended local schools, graduating from St. Edward Parish School, Corona, and Notre Dame High School, Riverside.

He received a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and the Juris Doctor law degree from Stanford University School of Law. He practiced law in Riverside and Los Angeles counties for ten years before he entered St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo in 1986.

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Orange on June 8, 1991 by Bishop Norman McFarland. He served as parochial vicar at St. Barbara Parish (Santa Ana), St. Joachim (Costa Mesa), Our Lady of Mount Carmel, (Newport Beach, administrator), and Our Lady of Guadalupe (La Habra). In 2000 he was appointed pastor of St. Anne Parish in Santa Ana. In September of 2008 he was appointed Pastor of St. Norbert Parish, Orange.

Bishop Flores was appointed Titular Bishop of Quiza and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Orange by Pope Benedict XVI on January 5, 2009. He was ordained to the episcopacy on March 19, 2009. Bishop Tod Brown appointed him to serve as Vicar for Charities for the Diocese.

On January 4, 2012 it was announced that Pope Benedict had appointed Bishop Flores to serve as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, to succeed Bishop Robert Brom upon his retirement. On September 18, 2013, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Brom as the Bishop of San Diego. At the same time Bishop Flores became the fifth Bishop of San Diego and pastoral governance of the diocese was transferred to him.

Bishop Flores has served on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Latin America and on the USCCB Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs.

For the California Conference of Catholic Bishops he is the Chairman of the Committee on Religious Liberty and is the Episcopal liaison for RECOPS, the Region Eleven Council of Priest Senates.

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