65th Anniversary of Fr. Kapaun's Death

Today marks the 65th Anniversary of Fr. Kapaun's Death on May 23rd in Camp Number 5, Pyoktong, North Korea.  Bishop Mark Carroll celebrated his funeral Mass on July 29, 1953 after prisoners were released and his death was confirmed.  The Mass was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita and was attended by over 100 priests and hundreds more of the faithful.  Below is Bishop Carroll's homily from the Mass.  You may notice that the Army had originally reported the date of death as May 6th, but that was soon corrected by his fellow Prisoners of War.  Some of his last words were "Don't worry about me, I'm going where I always wanted to go, and when I get there I'll say a prayer for all of you," and "Tell my Bishop I died a happy death."  

May Father Kapaun rest in peace and assist us from heaven!

Fr. Kapaun's Funeral Mass Homily

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