Fr. Kapaun Comes Home
Help us pay fitting tribute to a hero of faith and country. Following the identification of Father Kapaun's remains in Hawaii, the Kapaun family and the Diocese of Wichita are planning the transport of Father Kapaun’s remains to Wichita at the end of September. Learn more about his homecoming events below.Public Events
The Journey Home
Departing HawaiiFollowing a send-off Mass at the Cathedral in Honolulu, Father Kapaun’s remains will be transported from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii on a flight that will land at Eisenhower airport in Wichita on Saturday, September 25.
Return to PilsenA procession will depart from the airport and Father Kapaun will arrive home at St. John Nepomucene in Pilsen on September 26 for a private homecoming and observance.
Wichita | Rite of Christian BurialFrom Pilsen, Father Kapaun’s remains will be transported back to Wichita, to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where they will stay until the rosary and vigil on Tuesday, September 28, and the funeral and procession on Wednesday, September 29. These events are open to the public. See below for details.
The Diocese of Wichita welcomes you to Wichita, Kansas. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the traveling party.Wichita Hotels
Remains of Father Emil Kapaun Identified in Hawaii
The remains of Father Emil Kapaun have been identified by a U.S. government forensic team, according to an announcement Thursday, March 4, by the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the DPPA. Details regarding the transport of Father Kapaun’s remains and his final resting place are now being planned by the family. Bishop Carl A. Kemme stated: “It was a joyful and exciting surprise for the Diocese of Wichita that Father Kapaun’s mortal remains were recovered after so many years and we continue to look forward to his process of canonization in the future.” The DPAA recently concluded Fr. Kapaun was among the unidentified soldiers buried in the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii. Remains of many U.S. soldiers were moved from North Korean burial sites to Hawaii in the 1950s and the 1990s. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is an agency within the United States Department of Defense whose mission is to recover United States military personnel who are listed as prisoners of war or missing in action from designated past conflicts, from countries around the world.