Priests Recall Their Past Lives as a Naval Corpsman, Chef & Actuary

Father Edwin Ortiz believes that he wound up where he was always meant to be — in a parish serving as a priest. But he took a circuitous route to the priesthood that included working in St. John’s Cemetery and serving as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy.

Vet Honored by Parish, Knights, School Kids in Astoria

Bill LaCovara of Astoria rattles off names, dates, and places of every major naval engagement in the Pacific during the last two years of World War II. He was there, serving aboard two destroyers — USS Wadleigh and USS Prichett. He was honored on Flag Day, June 14, at his parish, Immaculate Conception – Astoria.

Father Capodanno’s Cause for Sainthood Slows Down, But Still Going

Members of the Father Capodanno Guild recently were startled by a recommendation from Theological Consultants for a “suspension” of the chaplain’s cause for sainthood. The consultants said more information is needed to support the new “offering of life” path to sainthood established in 2017 by Pope Francis.

Navy Chaplain Rise in Rank Draws on Experiences in NYC

Father Donelson Thevenin considers himself lucky to have had a wide range of experiences — from ministering to parishioners at churches to counseling sailors aboard battleships as a U.S. Navy chaplain.