Emil Kapaun Kansas priest, Hometown of Fr. Emil Kapaun reacts to news of identified.

Now that the remains of Father Emil Kapaun have been identified, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita is more hopeful than ever that the Kansas priest and Medal of Honor recipient will one day be declared a saint. Father Kapaun served as an Army chaplain during World War II and the Korean War. He was a prisoner of war in Korea in 1951. During that time, he continued to minister to other soldiers until his death in May of that year.

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Eyewitness news spoke with the bishop of the Wichita Diocese about this week’s discovery, nearly 70 years after Father Kapaun’s death. Father Kapaun’s legacy lives on at Kapaun Mount Carmel High School in east Wichita. In their religion classes, students learn about his life and his service. Now, the discover of his remains is something they’ll add to the curriculum.

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When you open the doors at Kapaun Mount Carmel, you’re surrounded by history.

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“My predecessors named this school after (Father Kapaun) so that his legacy can be passed on,” said Bishop Carl Kemme with the Wichita Catholic Diocese. “So we can inform our young people with his virtues in mind.”


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