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    About Father Emil J. Kapaun

    The Magazine and the Miracle: Finding Father KaPaun

    During the Korean War, US Army Chaplain Fr. Emil Kapaun died in a prisoner-of-war camp after valiantly ministering to his men and saving many lives. For decades, his remains were believed to be lost, until half a century later, one of the men who buried him happened upon Father’s story in Columbia magazine. This incredible moment of providence would help solve a decades-old mystery and bring a hero home.

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    Father Emil Kapaun Timeline:

    • 1916 Fr. Kapaun’s birthday April 20, 1916
    • 1940 Fr. Kapaun’s ordination June 9, 1940
    • 1944-1946 1948-1951 Fr. Kapaun’s military service
    • 1951 Fr. Kapaun’s death May 23, 1951 (age 35)
    • 2003 Fr. Kapaun article in Columbia March 2003
    • 2008 Fr. Kapaun named Servant of God – cause for canonization opened June 29, 2008
    • 2013 Fr. Kapaun posthumously receives Medal of Honor April 11, 2013
    • 2021 Fr. Kapaun’s body positively identified and returned to Kansas March 4, 2021 – Sept 29, 2021
    • 2023 Fr. Kapaun articles in Columbia and video release May 2023

    A Hero Priest’s Return to Kansas

    How a Columbia article contributed to the discovery of Servant of God and Medal of Honor recipient Father Emil Kapaun’s remains.

    The Ordeal of Chaplain Kapaun

    The following text is abridged from an article by 1st Lt. Ray “Mike” Dowe, as told to Harold H. Martin, that originally appeared in the Jan. 16, 1954, issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

    In the Footsteps of Faith and Valor

    Growing devotion to Father Emil Kapaun draws hundreds of pilgrims to follow his path of holiness.

    Prayer for Father Kapaun

    A prayer for the Canonization of Father Emil J. Kapaun, Army Chaplain and Medal of Honor Recipient

    A Saint Among Soldiers

    This article from the March 2003 issue of Columbia sparked the events that lead to the eventual recovery of Father Kapaun’s remains.

    Magazine and the Miracle

    The Knights of Columbus has released The Magazine and the Miracle: Finding Father Kapaun, a short documentary film highlighting Servant of God, U.S. Army Chaplain and Medal of Honor recipient Father Emil Kapaun.

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