Andy Haugen, librarian at Valley Catholic School, sits beside Bernard Offley, retired Army sergeant first class and leader of the Catholic War Veterans organization. The group gave the school seven books on Catholic chaplains who served the U.S. military. (Courtesy Bernard Offley)
Andy Haugen, librarian at Valley Catholic School, sits beside Bernard Offley, retired Army sergeant first class and leader of the Catholic War Veterans organization. The group gave the school seven books on Catholic chaplains who served the U.S. military. (Courtesy Bernard Offley)

BEAVERTON — The library at Valley Catholic School is a little bigger now, after a collection of books on Catholic chaplains who served the U.S. military was donated by the Catholic War Veterans organization.

The seven books detail the lives of chaplains like Archbishop Philip Hannon, “The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots”; Korean War veteran Father Emil Kapaun, “The Miracle of Father Kapaun”; and Vietnam War veteran Father Vincent Capodanno, “The Grunt Padre.” Both Fathers Capodanno and Kapaun have causes for sainthood.

“All of the books show how you can serve your church and country and be recognized by both for your courage and service,” said Bernard Offley, retired Army sergeant first class and leader of the veterans organization. Offley served as U.S. Army recruiter for Valley Catholic High School in the early 1980s when the school was called St. Mary of the Valley High School.

Find out more

Learn more about joining Catholic War Veterans by contacting Bernard Offley, retired Army sergeant first class by mail at 414 S Fourth St., St. Helens, OR 97051-2616, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 503-706-6693.