Wichita, Kan., Apr 15, 2021 / 17:01 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The remains of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, army chaplain and hero of the Korean War, will return to Kansas after his body was identified last month in Hawaii, 70 years after his death.
Kapaun’s nephew Ray wrote on Facebook April 10 that the family had accepted an offer from the Diocese of Wichita to “temporarily have Father’s remains placed in a crypt” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Kapaun’s sainthood cause is open.
“We felt that this would not only provide a secure place, but also provide a safe and suitable place for all to come to visit and venerate his remains,” Ray Kapaun wrote.
Father Kapaun was a chaplain during the Second World War and became known for his service in the Korean War with the U.S. Army’s Eighth Cavalry regiment. After he was taken prisoner, he served and ministered to other soldiers in a prison camp, where he died May 23, 1951, at age 35.
Kapaun was born and raised in Pilsen, a tiny rural community about an hour north of Wichita.