Earlier this month, I returned from the Society of American Archivists annual conference. During one portion of the conference, presenters talked about how exhibits can expand awareness of religious archives by giving people a chance to see what the archive holds and how they can access that material.

The Maryknoll Mission Archives also creates exhibits to educate the public and Maryknoll’s community about persons, themes, and events in the lives of Maryknollers around the world. This year, the Archives created an exhibit about Fr. Vincent Capodanno MM, a Maryknoll priest who served as a navy chaplain during the Vietnam War and died in the field as he ministered to his fellows. This exhibit highlights Fr. Capodanno’s life as a young priest, missioner to Taiwan, and chaplain in Vietnam. Fr. Capodanno is honored by Maryknoll as a martyr and by the US Navy as an exemplary serviceman. Through the Capodanno Guild, his cause for canonization is underway.

You can see this exhibit on a visit to the Maryknoll Society Center. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy a few photos of the exhibit, and learn something new about Fr. Capodanno and his life of service. Click on the photos to enlarge.

Fr. Vincent Capodanno MM's portrait and biography above the Maryknoll Mission Archives exhibit on Fr. Capodanno at the Maryknoll Society Center

Fr. Vincent Capodanno MM’s portrait and biography above the Maryknoll Mission Archives exhibit on Fr. Capodanno at the Maryknoll Society Center

Front view of exhibit on Fr. Vincent Capodanno MM at the Maryknoll Society Center

Front view of exhibit on Fr. Vincent Capodanno MM at the Maryknoll Society Center

Section on Fr. Capodanno's oridnation to the priesthood in the Maryknoll Mission Archives exhibit on Fr. Vincent Capodanno MM at the Maryknoll Society Center

Section on Fr. Capodanno’s oridnation to the priesthood

Section on Fr. Capodanno's service as a navy chaplain in the Maryknoll Mission Archives exhibit on Fr. Vincent Capodanno MM at the Maryknoll Society Center

Section on Fr. Capodanno’s service as a navy chaplain

First section on Fr. Capodanno's career as a missioner in Fr. Vincent Capodanno MM exhibit at Maryknoll Society Center

First section on Fr. Capodanno’s career as a missioner

Second section on Fr. Capodanno's career as a missioner in Fr. Vincent Capodanno MM exhibit at Maryknoll Society Center

Second section on Fr. Capodanno’s career as a missioner