Fr. Emil Kapaun: Putting the Hero in Heroic Virtue

Tomorrow, pilgrims in Kansas will begin a 3-day, 60 mile walk from Wichita to the church of St. John Nepomucene Church in the tiny prairie town of Pilsen (pop. 40), the one-time parish of Fr. Emil Kapaun. The pilgrimage is meant as a spiritual (and physical) exercise for the participants, but also means to raise awareness of the cause for beatification of Fr. Kapaun which was opened in the early 1990s. That cause gained a boost in notoriety last year when President Obama awarded Fr. Kapaun the Medal of Honor for his service during the Korean War–service that ultimately cost Fr. Kapaun his life in a communist prison camp.

Fr. Kapaun’s remarkable story was brought to mind recently by this moving video from Chris Stefanick. (H/t, New Advent.) Watch it. And when you’re done, say a prayer for the pilgrims who will be hiking in Kansas this weekend,  for the cause of Fr. Kapaun’s beatification, and for his intercession.

Servant of God, Emil Kapaun, pray for us.

  • Irene Swanson

    Thank you so much. Extremely moving. Crying tears of joy and gratitude.

  • Carole V. Bartholomeaux

    My God, what an incredible story and how appropriate in this week when we give honor to the men and women and clerics who put down their lives for US. Thank you for sharing this incredible, ecumenical story about Fr. Kapuan and his “boys”.

  • Facundo

    Amazing. God be with the brave pilgrims.



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