Jan 11, 2008

Latin Mass

The U.S. Navy photo above, of the (Tridentine/Latin) Mass of the Ages being said in the Igreja da Candelaria (Candelaria Church) in Rio de Janeiro in 1946, is a reminder of what we have been missing for lo, these past 40 years.

The celebrant of the Mass is an American priest and Navy chaplain, Commander Joseph T. O'Callahan, S.J., MOH (1905-1964).

Yes, MOH -- Father O'Callahan was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on his feast day, March 19, 1945. His citation begins this way:

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Chaplain on board the U.S.S. Franklin when that vessel was fiercely attacked by enemy Japanese aircraft during offensive operations near Kobe, Japan, on 19 March 1945."

Click on this post's title to read the rest of the citation -- you'll be astounded and edified at Father's heroism -- and to learn more about him.


Blogger Anita Moore said...

From World War II to Vietnam, four military chaplains were awarded the CMH -- and all four were Catholic priests. One, Fr. Vincent Cappodano, has a cause for sainthood pending.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anita,

Thank you for the link to your outstanding post of last May 5 about the MOH chaplains.

Fr. Capodanno, pray for us!

9:48 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anita,

Belated but heartfelt congrats to you on your three-year profession as a Tertiary Dominican last Oct.!

(I just saw that great news on your blogspot profile.)

9:54 PM  

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