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

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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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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com 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.

71 Comments

  1. Great story, and fantastic that a priest has been awarded the Medal of Honor, our nations highest award. Really–its going to Heaven, but he’s already there.

    • susan maynard on

      Never say, ” What great things the Saints do, ” but what great things God does in his Saints. And Father Kapaun really did the will of his Father… Thank you Father Kapaun for showing your example to the world and by saying ” Yes your will be done.” JMJ

  2. Matt Schiller on

    An inspirational story and a much deserved honor for this hero priest.
    We need more heroes and we need to read more stories like Fr. Kapaun’s.

  3. Thank you for the contest. A very interesting book that I will surely be reading. Sadly, I’ve never heard of Fr. Kapaun.

  4. This is a great story about a priest from Pilzen, KS. Possibly the first American born male saint. His cause is underway.

  5. Steve Maloney on

    Fr. Emil is a true American hero for our youth to honor. His story is incredible, and I can’t wait for him to be canonized. Fr. Emil, pray for us!

  6. Nancy H C Ward on

    I’ve been hearing about Fr. Kapaun on Catholic radio and I’m delighted to know that there is a book available about him. Thanks, Lise!

  7. Theresa Crow on

    I would love to add this story to our parish library. A ‘saint’ who served would be so impt to the many who served within our community.

  8. Christine McArdle on

    What an awesome role model for my little boys to learn about. Thank you for the opportunity to win!!

  9. Stephanie @ Harrington Harmonies on

    I have researched a great deal about Fr. Kapaun. As a military spouse he has greatly inspired me and is among several chaplains I have been learning about. It’s nice to know that my soldier has a military chaplain to go to. Here is my recent post about Fr. Kapaun. http://www.harringtonharmonies.com/2013/04/fr-emil-kapaun-servant-of-god.html I was recently able to visit his memorial in his hometown of Pilsen, KS. Even though I already know a lot about him, it would be nice to have this book to give to my daughter. I am always asking for his intercessory prayers for her. I would like for her to read about him. Oh and I could read the book first myself before sharing it with her:) Thanks for telling about him. Tweeting this giveaway!

  10. Sherry Smith on

    A moving story of courage and faith especially when Fr. Kapaun pushed away the rifle aimed at a wounded man. An incredible journey also for POWs who have kept his story alive.

  11. My husband has a devotion to Fr. Emil Kapaun. I’ll definitely be buying the book for him if I don’t win it.

    • Stephanie @ Harrington Harmonies on

      I know that his intercessory prayers have really helped my daughter. Does he have a specific devotion or one of his own?

  12. Would love to read more. This book, about a hero serving at the same time as my Daddy, would be well appreciated.

  13. I have recently learned about Father Kapaun through another website and have been fascinated by his story. I am so glad to learn that there is a book about him.

  14. Another military family here, and we LOVE Fr Kapaun. My husband developed quite a devotion to him while he was in Ranger school.

  15. As a child of a military catholic family I try to pass on to my children the stories of the sacrifices so many have taken. This would be one I would love to add to the list.

  16. My husband is getting ready to deploy. I’d love to send this book with him. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy.

  17. Ivan Pinacate on

    A very interesting book to read, because I never heard of Father Kapaun. This will be a very exciting book to read during this summer season. Thanks for the contest. God bless!

  18. If you have a chance, visit his memorial in Pilsen, Kansas. Or, watch the Diocese of Wichita’s website for the next pilgimage walk to Pilsen. We in Kansas have a great devotion to Father Kapaun.

  19. This story is really beautiful. I’m always amazed to hear stories of people of faith truly showing God’s love to people of every background. I shared this story with a friend of mine who is discerning on becoming part of the religious order. He told me after reading this story of Fr. Kapaun, he feels even more eager to the call of God as a priest. Learning and hearing stories like Fr. Kapaun truly changes the hearts of many people. What a blessing. Praise the Lord!

  20. Christina M. on

    Our family just started learning about Father Kapaun after moving to Kansas a few years ago. We have enjoyed sharing what we’ve learned about him with other people as well. We’re always interested in learning more about him and this book would be a great way to do so.

  21. Daniel Smrokowski on

    Sounds like an inspiring book, Lisa! I heard an interview about Fr. Kapaun on Relevant Radio last week.

  22. Beth Griffith on

    It was pretty awesome learning about this on television today. It’s great to hear about priests who answer the question What Would Jesus Do?!!! He did exactly what Jesus did, give his life for his fellow man. How inspiring. If only everyone in this world could learn from this man. A true Saint he really is, and I will be praying for him and for his intercession to God for me. Thanks

  23. Luis Alvarez on

    Although I have no previous knowledge of Father Kapaun’s life and death, I have been getting bits of information that fill me with the hope of serving God one day with such enthusiasm and self abandonment. Greetings from Guatemala, Lisa. Even if I am not a “catholic mom”, I hope to get good advice for my wife from you (she is only Spanish spoken).

  24. Rosellen Sanna on

    An inspiring true story of priestly courage and ardent faith! Just saw the President award the Medal of Honor to Fr. Kaupan’s nephew and then read about him on the net. He is certainly someone I would encourage my 11 grand children to emulate as a true hero. Would love to win the book to share with family and friends. Thank you for the opportunity.
    God’s blessings to all,
    Rosellen

  25. Father Kapaun’s recognition for his selfless service and devotion to his comrades was long overdue
    “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

  26. christine newpower on

    What a terrific witness to the Faith and hero! So glad he is being formally honored by our nation for his service and sacrifice. Can’t wait to read this book!!!

  27. I had never heard of Fr. Kapaun until today! Great article and I look forward to learning more about this Servant of God!!

  28. Bruce Thomas on

    In the face of the anti-Christ Chi-Coms, Fr. Kapaun Did everything he could to help his fellow POWs ..A True Hero, A example for us all. Bless Fr. Kapaun.

  29. My husband and children attended the High School that is named in his honor in Wichita, KS. This book would be a nice addition to our family library. Can’t wait to read this fabulous book!

  30. Theresa Espinoza on

    Wow, I had never heard of this saintly Priest. I am looking forward to reading his story and will be praying for him to be declared a Saint.

  31. I watched the love stream from the White House and was very impressed to learn about Fr. Kapaun. I had heard of him but did not know too much about him. Would very much like to read the book. I will be praying for his cause for canonization.

  32. I’ve been wanting to read about this amazing priest! I would also love to share this book with a special friend currently serving in Afghanistan. This story of faith and courage would surely be appreciated.

  33. Shelia Lampe on

    I have followed his story since my first teacher one of the Sisters of the Wichita Kanasas Diocies shared his story with us as a first grader in Piqua, KS. He was a gift from God to his fellow soliders and we are all very proud he was from a small rural town in Kansas. I am excited to get to read this book!

  34. Dennis Tepper on

    I knew nothing about Fr. Emil Kapaun until I saw the President on ABC news award the Medal of Honor to him posthumously. The media has not been kind to the Catholic Church so it was encouraging to see the presentation on national news including the comments regarding the attempts being made for his sainthood. I recently viewed the DVD “Ocean of Mercy” which spoke about the lives of Blessed Pope John Paul II, Saint Faustina, and Saint Maximilian. How similar were the lives of these two priests, Saint Maximilian and Fr. Kapaun, as they both ministered to others in the concentration/prison camps that would eventually take both of their lives. Let us all pray for Fr. Kapaun’s sainthood. I believe that Saint Maximilian will also be doing so.

  35. 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.

  36. 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)!

  37. Mary Donahue on

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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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