Father Kapaun

Catholic Diocese of Wichita

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita has announced funeral arrangements for Father Emil Kapaun.

The diocese said Tuesday that it will hold a funeral Mass for Kapaun on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Hartman Arena. A vigil will be held the day before at the arena in Park City, which can hold up to 6,500 people.

Kapaun's remains will be returned from Hawaii on Sept. 25. His family and diocese officials — and likely military officials — will accompany them.

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The remains of Father Emil Kapaun, lost for nearly 70 years, will return to Kansas.

Catholic Diocese of Wichita

When Ray Kapaun’s cell phone rang Thursday morning in his house north of Seattle, he didn’t recognize the number — so he let it go to voicemail.

“My wife came out, she goes, ‘You may want to listen to this message,’ ” Ray Kapaun recalled. “‘It's from somebody at Fort Knox about your uncle.”

Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kansas

What is a saint? That’s a question Joe Drape asked himself during his research for his book The Saint Makers: Inside the Catholic Church and How a War Hero Inspired a Journey of Faith.

The war hero is from Kansas, and he’s known as either Father Kuh-PAWN or Father KAY-pin. KMUW’s Tom Shine and Beth Golay caught up with Drape virtually in his New York City apartment to talk about the priest’s ongoing journey toward sainthood. Here’s part of their conversation (you can also watch Golay's author talk with Drape at the video player at the end of the page):

Catholic Diocese of Wichita

The recent summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jung Un included an agreement to return the remains of American soldiers still missing from the Korean War.

That has caught the interest of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita because one of the missing is Chaplain Emil Kapaun.

Kapaun was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2013 for his bravery in Korea and could become a saint of the Catholic Church. He died in a North Korean prisoner of war camp in 1951.