“The Field Afar: The Life of Fr. Vincent Capodanno,” to air Nov. 24 on KIMIZ-TV in Columbia


KMIZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Columbia, will air a feature-length documentary about Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno, at noon on Sunday, Nov. 24.

“The Field Afar: The Life of Fr. Vincent Capodanno” (www.thefieldafar.com) tells the story of a Maryknoll missionary and U.S. Marine Corps chaplain who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.

He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

In “The Field Afar,” Marine Corps veterans recall how Fr. Capodanno was a constant companion to the Marines: living, eating and sleeping in the same rough conditions of the men.

He spent hours reassuring the weary and disillusioned, consoling the grieving, hearing confessions, and distributing St. Christopher medals.

What his Marines say they remember most about Fr. Capodanno was his bravery and fearlessness in accompanying them on eight combat operations.

His cause for canonization is currently open in Rome, and a miraculous healing of a Florida woman has been attributed to Fr. Capodanno’s intercession.

Castletown Media worked in partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission to release the documentary.

It has screened at numerous film festivals around the country, and is currently also airing on New York’s NetTV and Boston’s Catholic TV.

“I believe strongly that the Church needs heroic stories about the Catholic Priesthood,” stated Tim Moriarty of Castletown Media, the film’s creator.

“Fr. Capodanno’s life of sanctity and courage offers great encouragement to American Catholics in this current time of trial,” he added.

“The Field Afar” is also scheduled to air at 2 a.m. on Jan. 4 on KMBC-TV in Kansas City; at 1 p.m. on Nov. 24 on KSPR-TV in Springfield, Missouri; at 4 a.m. on KDNL-TV in St. Louis.

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CLICK HERE to see a trailer for the film.

CLICK HERE to see CatholicTV’s interview with the film’s creator.