Father Kapaun, a native of Pilsen,
Kansas [Diocese of Wichita] on Holy Thursday, April 20, 1916 and
ordained June 9, 1940 entering the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps in
Hre was sent to Japan in 1950; in July he was
ordered to Korea where he was taken prisoner in November. He served
seven months before his death from starvation and typhus and a leg
blood clot: the hunger was a direct result that the Communists placed
his neager bowl of food by the entry door where he could not reach it
as he was too ill to reach it; before his death he served heroically to
help his fellow prisoners, as testified by the men of all faiths. He
died on May 23, 1951.
The Diocese of Wichita and the Vatican have
begun the formal process
could lead to Father Kapaun's canonization. In 1993, it was
announced that Fr. Kapaun would receive the title of "Servant of God".
Update, 2013: On April 11, now Servant of God, Fr. Emil Kapuan has
received the US Medal of Freedom for his courage and aid to our men in
the Korean prison camp and during World War II. There is a new book
published about his life, THE MIRACLE OF FATHER KAPUAN
Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying, IGNATIUS PRESS.
WEBSITE FOR FR. KAPUAN