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

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Departing Hawaii

Following 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 Pilsen

Father Kapaun's remains will first be taken to his home parish of St. John Nepomucene in Pilsen for a private homecoming and observance for the parish community. We ask that his time there be kept to the family and community, and anyone wishing to pay respects attend one of the three events below or visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the days and weeks following the burial.

Wichita | Rite of Christian Burial

From 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 at 7 PM CT, and the funeral and procession on Wednesday, September 29 10:30 AM CT. These events are open to the public.

The vigil and funeral will be broadcast on EWTN and streamed live on the Diocese of Wichita's YouTube Channel. See below for tickets and more details.

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Public Events

Sep 28
Vigil Service for Fr. Emil J. Kapaun
A public Vigil service for Fr. Emil J. Kapaun will be held at Hartman arena on September 28th at 7:00 PM. Reservations for Fr. Kapaun's vigil and funeral service will… Read More
Sep 29
Funeral Mass for Fr. Emil J. Kapaun
A Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Emil J. Kapaun will be held at Hartman Arena on Wednesday, September 29 at 10:30 AM. Reservations for Fr. Kapaun's vigil and funeral… Read More
Sep 29
Procession to the Cathedral
For those that cannot make the funeral. Following the Mass of Christian Burial at Hartman Arena, Father Kapaun's remains will process from Veterans Memorial Park (339 Veterans Memorial Pkwy) by… Read More

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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.