• ‘Grunt Padre’ could be patron saint of Memorial Day

    ‘Grunt Padre’ could be patron saint of Memorial Day

    • May 29, 2017

    Archbishop Timothy Broglio has formally closed the archdiocesan phase of the cause of canonization for Father Vincent Capodanno, a Maryknoll priest and Navy chaplain killed during a fierce battle in Vietnam almost 50 years ago at the age of 38. The chaplain was nicknamed the “Grunt Padre,” because of his personal care for and ministry to the “grunts,” meaning members of the infantry.