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Funeral Vigil - Father Emil J. Kapaun

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The Kapaun family in conjunction with the Diocese of Wichita will be transporting Fr. Kapaun’s remains on a flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, that will land at the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport. The vigil for Fr. Kapaun will be on Tuesday, September 28, and the funeral will be on Wednesday, September 29. Both the vigil and funeral Mass will be held at Hartman arena.

There is no cost for attendance for each event, but a ticket must be reserved to attend. Tickets can be reserved at or the Hartman Arena box office Monday - Friday from 10 AM - 4 PM.

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For this event, we are recommending masks to be worn but they are not required.

About Fr. Emil J. Kapaun

Elizabeth Hajek Kapaun and her husband of one year, Enos, moved the bed into the warm kitchen of the remote farmhouse in preparation for the birth of their first child. At 11:00 a.m. on April 20, 1916 – Holy Thursday – their son Emil Joseph was born. Father John Sklenar, surely the most towering and influential person in the area, baptized the boy on May 9 at the newly-built St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen, Kansas, three miles from the Kapauns’ 160-acre farm. Emil was christened for a life in the pious, hard-working enclave of Bohemian settlers just 40 miles south of the central Kansas town of Abilene, the boyhood home of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Little did Enos and Bessie Kapaun know, 35 years later their son would be lauded as a hero by men returning from a prisoner of war camp in North Korea. Although Chaplain (Captain) Emil J. Kapaun was the victim of malnutrition and pneumonia after spending only seven months in the camp, his story is that of a saintly hero dedicated to living a life of Christian virtue and service to his fellow man under the most difficult and despicable conditions imaginable. Father Kapaun’s heroism in the prison camp isn’t an isolated event, however: his lifelong dedication to Christ and to His Church placed him in the life of priestly service that culminated in his ultimate sacrifice in North Korea at only 35 years old. Read more

Plan your visit

Hartman Arena is located North of Park City, KS, just 8 miles from down town Wichita. Located on I-135, Hartman Arena is conveniently accessed via the 77th St or 85th St exits.

Backpacks (including backpack style diaper bags), of any size or purpose, strollers, and car seats, are not allowed in Hartman Arena. Purses, bags and traditional style diaper bags are welcome but subject to security search. Click HERE to see a full list of prohibited items.
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