About Fr. Kapaun
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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.
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.
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".
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