A friend of mine who is participating in this event On October 12 asked me to post this information about his team:
Team Kapaun will be walking in honor of Father Emil Kapaun. Father Kapaun, was born in Pilsen, Kansas in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas on Holy Thursday, April 20, 1916. He was ordained as a Priest for the Diocese on June 9, 1940 and entered the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps in 1944.
Separated from the service in 1946, he re-entered the Army in 1948 and was sent to Japan the following year.
In July of 1950 Father Kapaun was ordered to Korea. On November 2 of that same year he was taken as a prisoner of war. In the seven months in prison, Father Kapaun spent himself in heroic service to his fellow prisoners without regard for race, color or creed.
To this there is testimony of men of all faiths. Ignoring his own ill health, he nursed the sick and wounded until a blood clot in his leg prevented his daily rounds. Moved to a so-called hospital, but denied medical assistance, his death soon followed on May 23, 1951.
The Diocese of Wichita and the Vatican have begun the formal process that could lead to Father Kapaun’s canonization. In 1993, it was announced that Fr. Kapaun would receive the title of “Servant of God”.
Father Kapaun was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in April. Beyond the obvious significance of his service to our Country, there is a local connection as Father Kapaun did his priestly studies at Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.
The team will also have 500 Holy Cards of Fr. Kapaun to hand out to participants that day.