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Rosary Beads - Handmade - RSTS.21441, RSTS.21542
HONORING MILITARY CHAPLAINS
VINCENT J CAPODANNO  LT USNR chc
EMIL J KAPAUN Capt, USA chc
rosaries inspired by our miitary chaplains serving our troops diromg times ofwar


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SERVANTS OF GOD
RSTS:  SAINTHOOD SERIES
 4 STEPS TO SAINTHOOD
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HONORING
OUR MILITARY CHAPLAINS
Who are these Servants of God?
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We are learning so much as we research our Military Chaplains. Below are two, one Navy/Marine and the other Army who are on their wau to Sainthood through martyrdom. We  hold great respect for our Chaplain frieds who served in combat. 

Father Capodanno

Father Kapaun
 SERVANTS OF GOD
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The Catholic Church teaches "military service is compatible with personal sanctity", citing paragraph 2310 of the Catechism which reads "Those who are sworn to serve their country in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of nations. If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace. Honorable military service is a 'true vocation', a 'high calling', a 'sacred duty'- all terms the Catholic Church uses to describe honorable military service. 
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GOSPEL of ST JOHN 15:13
   13  No one has greater love than this,  to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
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MARTYRDOM
BY THE DESIGN OF GOD
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THOMAS OF CANTERBURY, /ARCHBISHOP / MARTYR
 SLAIN IN HIS OWN CATHEDRAL FOR DENYING THE KING
  "A martyr, a saint, is always made by the design of God, for His love of men, to warn them and to lead them, to bring them back to His ways. A martyrdom is never the design of man; for the true martyr is he who has become the instrument of God, who has lost his will in the will of God, not lost it but found it, for he has found freedom in submission to God. The martyr no longer desires anything for himself, not even the glory of martyrdom. 
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So thus as on earth the Church mourns and rejoices at once, in a fashion that the world cannot understand; so in Heaven the Saints are most high, having made themselves most low, seeing themselves not as we see them, but in the light of the Godhead from which they draw their being." Thomas A Becket,  29 December 1170

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'STAY CALM'  ROSARY   -   CAMO ROSARY
FR VINCENT CAPPODANO   -   FR EMIL KAPAUN
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~ 'ABOUT FR VINCENT' ~
SERVANT  OF GOD
CATHOLIC PRIESTS / CHAPLAIN 
WHO WAS FR VINCENT CAPODANNO? 
   Vincent Capodanno was born on February 13th, 1929, in Staten Island, New York. He attended Fordham University and after a year sensed a calling into the priesthood.  He entered the Maryknoll seminary in 1949, and was ordained in 1958. His first assignment was with aboriginal Taiwanese (Taiwan) for 7 years then was assigned to a Maryknoll school in Hong Kong. 
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FR CAPODANNO
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 CHAPLAIN (LT.) USNR
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ENTERED OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
On completion in 1966,  he reported to the 7th Marines, in Vietnam'   On completion of his tour, he requested an extension and reported to the 5th Marines. There, he gained a reputation for always being there--for always taking care of his Marines. And over time became affectionately known by his men as the 'Grunt Priest'.
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OPERATION 'SWIFT' UNDERWAY
"On September 4th, 1967 , in the Thang Binh District of the Que-Son Valley, elements of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines found the large North Vietnamese Unit, approx. 2500 men, near the village of Dong Son.  They were out-numbered and in need of reinforcements. By 9:14 am, 26 Marines were confirmed dead.
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GIVING AID 
 WHEN KILLED IN BATTLE
 Father Capodonno requested to be moved into the area to take care of the wounded. He shielded a fallen Corpsman from nearby enemy fire and was riddled with 27 Viet Cong bullets. He died wearing his pastoral stole, serving his men by administering Last Rites and providing medical aid, inspiring courage to the wounded.
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   "Stay calm, Marine, someone will be here to help, God is with all of us this day!" (Giving aid in the field)
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MEDAL of HONOR

MILITARY AWARDS
He was awarded 3 Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, 
National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross (with Palm), Vietnam Campaign Medal  and the Congressional Medal of Honor. In 2004, the Church declared Father Capodanno a Servant of God. 

 Bishop Fulton J. Sheen said 'the vocation of a soldier is next in dignity to the priesthood because it called him to that same spirit and intention of sacrifice."
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Father Capodanno's inspiration and dedication to "his" Marines goes much further. His story continues even today.
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USS CAPODONNO (FF-1093)
The USS Capodanno (FF-1093)  was commissioned September 17, 1973, in honor of Lieutenant Capodanno. It became the first ship in the U.S fleet to receive a Papal Blessing when it was blessed by Pope John Paul II in Naples, Italy. 
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"THE GRUNT PADRE'




~ 'STAY CALM' ROSARY ~
 "Stay calm, Marine, someone will be here to help, God is with all of us this day!" (Fr Capodonno -Giving aid in the field)
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AVE BEADS: Another rare find, these reminding us of Father Capodanno. Each 'pebble' beads is rugged on the surface. Note the facets cut into each surface revealing an inner clarity.  When held up to natural light, there is a sense of - an inner light, that of of God's presence - as in the priest. PATER BEADS: Fine Bodhi wooden beads ( from Pacific Rim) capped with filigree metals. Note the blood red facets on either side to represent the spilling of his life blood while ministering to others on the filed. 
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CLOSER LOOK 
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METAL PARTS CAST FROM ANTIQUES
All parts available individually. each hand cast from antiques and vintage pieces. Available in sterling silver and solid bronze. Once cast, each is antiqued to restore original patina.  See full collection at SUPPLIES on top of page.
'STAY CALM'   ' ROSARY
Rosary center is of St Michael,  Crucifix has the dove on the top.
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RSTS.21441.b
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RSTS.21441..s
all metals cast from antiques in sterling and solid bronze
then antiqued to restore original patina
  24 in.

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~ 'ABOUT FR EMIL KAPAUN ~
  SERVANT OF GOD
CATHOLIC PRIESTS / CHAPLAIN 
WHO WAS FR EMIL KAPAUN?
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Emil Joseph Kapaun (April 20, 1916 – May 23, 1951) His parents were Enos and Elizabeth Kapaun, Czech immigrants.  He was raised on a farm in Kansas. After graduation from HS, he went to  Conception Abbey seminary college (College of New Engleberg; Conception Seminary College) in Conception, Missouri, in June 1936 and Kenrick Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1940. In 1947, he attended Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. 
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FR EMIL KAPAUN
 CHAPLAIN (CAPTAIN)
 U.S. ARMY

DECLARED A SERVANT OF GOD
In 1993, the Pope declared him a Servant of God, the first stage on the path to Catholic sainthood. On April 11, 2013, President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor posthumously to Captain Chaplain Kapaun for his actions on November 1–2, 1950 in North Korea. He is the ninth American military chaplain Medal of Honor recipient.
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FATHER LEANED 
OVER THE DYING MAN AND SAID:
     As a “precaution” he told him, “I’ll give you the last rites, just in case.” But he told Osborne to fight harder for his life. Then he prayed, for about five minutes. .... Osborne rallied. This surprised everybody in that hut.
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MEDAL of HONOR

MILITARY AWARDS
Medal of Honor,  Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device, Purple Heart Prisoner of War Medal,  American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, World War II Victory Medal,  Army of Occupation Medal with Japan Clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Combat Infantryman Badge, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation,  United Nations Korea Medal,  Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal. 
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MILITARY SERVICE
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PRISONER OF WAR
 Taken prisoner by Chinese soldiers during the Battle of Unsan near Unsan, North Korea(November 2, 1950.)[ Along with Mass, He dug latrines, mediated disputes, gave away his own food, and raised morale among prisoners.  He was noted among his fellow POWs as one who would steal coffee and tea (and a pot to heat them in) from the Communist guards. 
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He developed a blood clot in his leg along with dysentery and pneumonia. Weakened he was taken to a "hospital", which was really a place where he was left alone without any help and left to die ... of malnutrition on May 23, 1951. He was buried in a mass grave near the Yalu River. 
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He was one of twelve chaplains to die in Korea. Four U.S. Army chaplains were taken prisoner in 1950, all died while in captivity. 
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'A SHEPHERD IN COMBAT BOOTS"
several books have been written about Fr Kapaun, including one titled A SHEPHERD IN COMBAT BOOTS.
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REVELATION 6: 9-11

     When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God.   10  They cried out in a loud voice, “How long will it be, holy and true master, before you sit in judgment and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” 11  Each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to be patient a little while longer until the number was filled of their fellow servants and brothers who were going to be killed as they had been.




~ 'CAMO' ROSARY ~
  "SPEND MYSELF FOR GOD"
To his Bishop, Father Emil said: "When I was ordained, I was determined to‘spend myself ’ for God. I was determined to do that cheerfully, no matter in what circumstances I would be placed or how hard a life I would be asked to lead. .... ", "If we fail to forgive, we're rejecting our faith" 
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AVE BEADS: A remarkable find, beads reminded us of 'Camo' (Camouflage) 'combat uniforms' or 'battle dress' worn by military.  Called Picasao Beads, finish i created by chemicals fired onto the surface. PATER BEADS: Antiqued metal filigree Paters with 3 ribbed beads on either side reminded us of the enemy prison where he died in captivity. 
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CAMO BEADS 
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CLOSER LOOK 
CRUCIFIX / ST MICHAEL CENTER
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METAL PARTS CAST FROM ANTIQUES
All parts available individually. each hand cast from antiques and vintage pieces. Available in sterling silver and solid bronze. Once cast, each is antiqued to restore original patina.  See full collection at SUPPLIES on top of page.
'CAMO'  ROSARY
Rosary center is of St Michael,  Crucifix has the dove on the top.
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pricing subject to change - very limited
RSTS.21542.b
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RSTS.21542.s
all metals cast from antiques in sterling and solid bronze
then antiqued to restore original patina
  24 in.

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~ 'MILITARY CHAPLAINS ~
  WHODIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
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WW II
THE FOUR CHAPLAINS 

Lt. George L. Fox (Methodist); Lt. Alexander D. Goode (Jewish); Lt. John P. Washington (Roman Catholic); and Lt. Clark V. Poling (Reformed Church in America) gave up their life jackets on the deck of the sinking USS Dorchester in the North Atlantic in 1943.
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Army Chaplain Lawrence Lynch (Roman Catholic): A member of New York’s “Fighting’69th,” Lynch was killed while serving Communion under fire to a fatally wounded soldier on Okinawa in 1945, earning a posthumous Silver Star.
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KOREA
Army Chaplain Emil Kapaun (Roman Catholic) died in a POW camp in 1951 after ministering to fellow inmates. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross  and is a candidate for sainthood. (see above)
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VIETNAM
Father Capodonno (Roman Catholic) requested to be moved into the area to take care of the wounded. He shielded a fallen Corpsman from nearby enemy fire and was riddled with 27 Viet Cong bullets. He died wearing his pastoral stole, serving his men by administering Last Rites and providing medical aid, inspiring courage to the wounded is 1980. He is a candidate for sainthood. (see above )
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Army Maj. Charles Watters (Roman Catholic) was fatally wounded while ministering to fallen comrades under intense fire near Dak To in 1967, actions which earned him the Medal of Honor ///  Army Capt. Phillip Nichols was killed by a concealed explosive in 1970.
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IRAQ
Army Chaplain Maj. Henry Timothy Vakoc (Roman Catholic) was severely injured in an roadside bomb attack while returning from celebrating Mass with troops in 2004, and died from his wounds in 2009. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
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AFGHANISTAN
Army Chaplain Capt. Dale Goetz (Baptist), killed en route to visit troops when his convoy came under attack in 2010, becoming the first chaplain to die in combat since 1970  ///  Army Chaplain’s Assistant Staff Sgt. Christopher Stout was killed in an insurgent attack on his unit in 2010.

FR KAPAUN 
CELEBRATING MASS

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