Father Kapaun Symposium

September 24, 2022

Enter into Father Kapaun's story and learn more about his cause for sainthood.

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Father Kapaun Symposium

September 24, 2022

Learn more about Father Kapaun's story and cause for sainthood.

Register Now

Symposium Schedule

Hosted by the Gerber Institute at Newman University as well as Father Kapaun's Cause for Sainthood. $20 General Tickets, $10 Students, includes lunch.

8:00 AM ~ Registration
8:30 AM ~ Mass (St. John's Chapel)
9:30 AM ~ Keynote: Bill Latham, Author of Cold Days in Hell, American POWs in Korea
10:45 AM ~ Father Kapaun Panel
11:45 AM ~ Lunch
1:00 PM ~ Divinely Inspired: Reflections on the Impact of Father Kapaun

Any questions regarding the event may be directed to Mr. Scott Carter at carters@catholicdioceseofwichita.org

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William Latham Jr.
Keynote Speaker

William Latham Jr. is author of Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea. He recently retired as course director at the United States Army Logistics University at Fort Lee, Virginia. He served 22 years in the United States Army and has written extensively about military affairs. Latham's research contributed directly to the posthumous nomination of Chaplain Emil J. Kapaun for the Medal of Honor.

Father John Hotze
Panel Speaker

Father John Hotze is the Episcopal Delegate for the Cause for Beatification of Father Emil Kapaun and directed the efforts to conduct the research to present to the Dicastery for Saints in Rome.

Ray Kapaun
Panel Speaker

Ray is the youngest nephew of Father Emil Kapaun.  He received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on his uncle's behalf in 2013.  Last year he travelled to Hawai'i to receive the remains of his uncle when they were identified.

Scott Carter
Panel Speaker

Scott Carter is the Coordinator for Father Kapaun's Cause.  He works on a daily basis to carry on Father Kapaun's legacy and spread devotion to him.

Father Chad Arnold
Divinely Inspired Reflection

Father Chad Arnold is the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Wichita and one of the podcasters on about 4 o'clock, a podcast for men discerning a vocation to the Catholic priesthood.

Father Drew Hoffman
Divinely Inspired Reflection

Father Drew Hoffman is a priest of the Diocese of Wichita and pastor at the St. Paul University Parish at Wichita State University.  He is a podcaster on the Konza Catholic and about 4 o'clock podcasts.

Newman University

The Father Kapaun Symposium will be hosted on the campus of Newman University in Wichita. The event will begin with Mass at St. John's Chapel, where Father Kapaun was ordained a priest. The talks and lunch will be held in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center.

Visiting Father Kapaun's Sites

As part of the symposium, we hope to provide you with an opportunity to visit several other sites related to Father Kapaun on Friday, September 23. See more below.

Visit Father Kapaun Sites

Father Kapaun's Tomb

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

430 N. Broadway
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Friday: Open 9 am - 4 pm
Masses at 8 am and 12 Noon
Saturday: Open 2 - 5 pm
Mass at 5:00 pm


Kapaun Mt Carmel High School

Housing the Crucifix carved in the POW camp as well as other artifacts of Father Kapaun.

8506 E. Central Ave.
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Open Friday, time TBD

St. John Nepomucene Pilsen

Father Kapaun's hometown parish and museum.  About a 1 hr 15 min drive from Wichita.

Open Friday 1-4 pm

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Hotel Recommendations

The Diocese of Wichita welcomes you to Wichita, Kansas for the Father Kapaun Symposium. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the traveling party. Below are several options for hotels not far from Newman University.

Wichita Hotels