Win "The Miracle of Father Kapaun" As Hero Priest Receives Medal of Honor

he Miracle of Father Kapaun

he Miracle of Father Kapaun

Editor’s note: Today, Fr. Emil Kapuan, the subject of the new book The Miracle of Father Kapaun, will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor at the White House. To celebrate this event and the launch of the book, we are partnering with the book’s publisher Ignatius Press. Leave a comment below to be entered to win one of two copies of  The Miracle of Father Kapaun. See full contest details below. LMH

Priest recipient of Medal of Honor subject of new book

Fr. Emil Kapaun’s incredible story now available

ATLANTA, April 3, 2013 – Fr. Emil Kapaun will receive the Medal of Honor from the President of the United States next Thursday at the White House, nearly 60 years after he heroically gave his life in the Korean War. The Vatican is also considering him a possible candidate for Sainthood.

And today, his life, service and hero’s death is the subject of an incredible new book, he Miracle of Father Kapaun, published by Ignatius Press.  One of the most remarkable aspects of his story surrounds the atypical movement of support for both his sainthood cause and his Medal of Honor award.  The witnesses to both his sanctity and his bravery have come from non-Catholics, men of Jewish faith, Muslim faith and Protestant tradition, who served with Fr. Kapaun in battle or in the brutality of conditions where he drew his last breath – a prisoner of war camp. They have spent years petitioning the Vatican to elevate him to Sainthood because of what they witnessed on the battlefield.

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In tracking down the amazing story of Fr. Kapaun first for the Wichita Eagle newspaper, authors Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying uncovered a paradox. Kapaun’s ordinary background as the son of Czech immigrant farmers sowed the seeds of his greatness.  This is a true patriot’s story. Says author Roy Wenzl, “Kapaun’s friends do not consider themselves experts on miracles, but they know what they saw, and as far as they are concerned, the man himself was something like a miracle. By the time we talked to most of them, the secretary of the Army and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had learned enough about the already decorated U.S. Army captain to recommend him, posthumously, for the highest military honor in the United States. The Pentagon is in the business of declaring war heroes, not saints. But to many of Kapaun’s eyewitnesses, they amount to the same thing.”

To enter to win one of two copies of the Miracle of Father Kapaun, leave a comment below by midnight Pacific time on Thursday, April 18, 2013. 

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.


  1. As a history major who was enamored with the 20th century, I look forward to reading about Father. As a Cathlloic who aspires to becomes a saint, I anticipate learning from him.

  2. Sounds like a very neat and inspiring story. With a brother-in-law and my son’s godfather both in the army, I’m sure we will be buying a copy (or three)!

  3. Mary Donahue on

    Glad there was a reason for a spotlight on the goodness of our Catholic priests
    in the mainstream media

  4. Patricia Crawford on

    Thank you for sharing this information. I am happy to see he is being honored by the U.S. government. I look forward to reading more about a hero that is also a holy priest.

  5. Barbara Rosini on

    I would love to have a copy of this book. It sounds truly inspirational and I would love to share it with my family.

    Thank you and God Bless

  6. Dr. Albert Alba on

    I find it a miracle that our President is giving this Priest The Medal of Honor. While I truly believe this Priest is deserving of the Medal, I find it miraculous that the Country is acknowledging a Priest who is destined to Sainthood. Our Secular Country as been known to acknowledge not the most saintly, but the most liberal individuals. I think it is great this Country is acknowledging a very devout Priest who gave his life to save others. Maybe others in our Country will reflect and say, God Bless America.

  7. Wo Wow even the short clip was powerful. I am sure the book will be a wonderful testimony of lived faith and compassion. The young people of today need the witness of courageous saw saints of our times may his selfless love and sacrifice inspire our children.

  8. Wow even the short clip was powerful. I am sure the book will be a wonderful testimony of lived faith and compassion. The young people of today need the witness of courageous saints of our times may his selfless love and sacrifice inspire our children.

  9. Lisa, thank you for the review of this book. I saw on a news website that he was getting the Medal of Honor. Now I know where to learn more about him.

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