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    Father Emil Kapaun was a Catholic Priest and Korean War hero from Pilsen, Kansas. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2013 and is on the road to sainthood in the Catholic Church. Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, pray for us!
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Official Site of the Cause for Canonization of Father Emil Kapaun

Welcome to the Father Kapaun Guild, the official promoters of Father Kapaun's life and legacy, as well as his Cause for Canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church.  Here you will find information on Father Kapaun's life, as well as updates on his Cause for Canonization and many other resources.  Thank you for your interest in the life of Father Kapaun, and let us know if we can be of assistance!


As of Summer 2018, this is the latest official news we have received from the Congregation for Saints.  We await the theological committee's review of Father Kapaun's Positio, which will be followed by a recommendation to the Holy Father that he officially declare that Father Kapaun lived a life of heroic virtue and giving him the title "Venerable".  This process usually takes many months to years due to the number of causes that must be reviewed from around the world, but we continue to pray for its success.  See the full press release:

Office for the Beatification and Canonization of Father Emil Kapaun
June 23, 2016 

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the six Historical Consultants of the Congregation for Saints met to discuss the historical documents that have been presented to the Congregation as part of the Positio for the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Father Emil Kapaun, prepared by the Postulator Dr. Andrea Ambrosi.  After evaluating the documents for completeness and accuracy, the Historical Consultants gave an affirmative vote in regard to these documents.  As a reminder, the Positio is the official document that will be used to determine if Father Kapaun lived a life of heroic virtue and sanctity.  Bishop Carl Kemme presented this Positio to Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for Saints on November 9, 2015. 

The affirmative vote by the Historical Consultants allows Father Kapaun’s Cause to move forward to the Theological Consultants.  These Consultants will review the Positio to determine if Father Kapaun’s writings and teachings are doctrinally sound and in harmony with the Church’s teachings.  If the Theological Consultants also provide an affirmative vote, the matter will be given to a panel of Cardinals and Archbishops of the Congregation for Saints.  This panel will convene to review Father Kapaun’s life one final time.  Hopefully they will come to a consensus and decide to pass Father Kapaun’s Cause on to the Holy Father who will make the ultimate decision on Father Kapaun’s Beatification and Canonization. 

As the review of Father Kapaun’s life continues, medical consultants in the Congregation will be working on the proof of alleged miracles.  One alleged miracle must be approved and accepted as having no scientific explanation for the Beatification; and, then a second miracle approved and accepted for the Canonization of Father Kapaun.  To some, this may seem like an unending process, but the naming of a Saint has never and, hopefully, will never be taken lightly.  We pray that, God willing, Father Kapaun’s cause may proceed with speed and that we will soon be honoring him as a Saint of the Holy Catholic Church. 

Father John Hotze
Episcopal Delegate of the Cause for Canonization of Fr. Emil Kapaun


Prayer for the Beatification and Canonization of Fr. Kapaun

Lord Jesus, in the midst of the folly of war, your servant, Chaplain Emil Kapaun, spent himself in total service to you on the battlefields and in the prison camps of Korea, until his death at the hands of his captors. We now ask you, Lord Jesus, if it be your will, to make known to all the world the holiness of Chaplain Kapaun and the glory of his complete sacrifice for you by signs of miracles and peace. In your name, Lord, we ask, for you are the source of peace, the strength of our service to others, and our final hope. Amen.

Chaplain Kapaun, pray for us.

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St. John Nepomucene Church

St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church was built by the strong backs of the farmers from the Bohemian community known as Pilsen, Marion County, Kansas in 1914 through 1915.  The church is located in the center of this little community of descendants of Bohemian families who immigrated to the United States.

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