Staten Island’s Own

I wish to compliment Father Michael Morris for an excellent article on our Servant of God/Medal of Honor recipient Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M. (CNY, Aug. 26). For the past 54 years his memory is alive on Staten Island thanks to the devotion we have for him. There is Father Capodanno Blvd. that people travel daily. We have the Father Capodanno Memorial Chapel on Fort Wadsworth with his statue. We now have the Father Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy in South Beach. Of course, his grave is in St. Peter’s Cemetery on Staten Island. He is honored by the Knights of Columbus Father Vincent Capodanno Council 16674. The Sons/Daughters of Italy in the United States is the Father Capodanno Lodge 212. On the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend each year, the Knights of Columbus, Sons/Daughters of Italy and our veterans conduct a prayer service at his grave. On Labor Day weekend, a Memorial Mass and service is offered in his chapel on Fort Wadsworth near his famous statue. We on Staten Island pray for the day that our Church acknowledges the fact we already know—Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., is our saint in heaven!

Vincent J. Maligno
Staten Island