Win "The Miracle of Father Kapaun" Book and DVD

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As we prayerfully journey though the Fortnight for Freedom, our friends at Ignatius Press and Carmel Communications have partnered to offer our readers a great contest opportunity. We’re giving one winner the combo package of Father Kapaun media which is sure to inspire:

The Miracle of Father Kapuan – Book

The Miracle of Father Kapaun

The Miracle of Father Kapaun

The Miracle of Father Kapaun: Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero
by Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying

Emil Kapaun—priest, soldier and Korean War hero—is a rare man. He is being awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, and is also being considered by the Vatican for canonization as a saint.

As remarkable as this double honor are the non-Catholic witnesses who attest to Father Kapaun’s heroism: the Protestants, Jews and Muslims who either served with the military chaplain in the thick of battle or endured with him the unbelievably brutal conditions of a prisoner of war camp. As journalists Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying discovered, all of these Korean War veterans, no matter their religion, agree that Father Kapaun did more to save lives and maintain morale than any other man they know.

Then there are the alleged miracles-the recent healings attributed to Father Kapaun’s intercession that defy scientific explanation. Under investigation by the Vatican as a necessary step in the process of canonization, these cures witnessed by non-Catholic doctors are also covered in this book.

The Miracle of Father Kapaun – Movie

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Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun may not be well-known. But he should be. The son of Czech immigrants, Fr. Kapaun grew up on a small Kansas farm. But this seemingly ordinary farm boy became one of the most inspiring heroes of the Korean War—and unlike many war heroes, this military chaplain is also on the road to sainthood. His cause for canonization has been opened by the Diocese of Wichita, and two medical miracles attributed to him are being investigated by the Vatican. He has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award.

In this powerful documentary, learn his inspiring life story, his heroic work as a chaplain during battle, and his leadership and comfort of fellow American prisoners after capture and torture by the Communists. This imprisonment under incredibly harsh conditions ultimately led to his death at 35 years of age in 1951. The film features interviews with the soldiers who were imprisoned with Kapaun in Korea, as well as with church officials, military historians and the Kansas family who is convinced Kapaun’s miraculous intercession saved their son’s life. A man of incredible courage and faith, he is credited with saving the lives of hundreds of prisoners, instilling them with hope when all hope seemed lost.

His fellow soldiers already consider him a saint, and one memorial in his honor by the military says of Fr. Kapaun, “He was all man and all priest.” Includes prayer card. Movie is shown in color.

To enter to win this prize combo, leave a comment below by Midnight Pacific time on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. One winner will be randomly selected on July 4, the conclusion of the Fortnight for Freedom, to receive this prize package. 

Update: Our winner Kim has been notified. Thanks to all who entered this contest, and to the publisher for this wonderful gift package.

Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey

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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. Lisa’s 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 has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

32 Comments

  1. I would love to win this and give it as a gift to my father, who turns 84 next month. He, too, is a Korean War veteran. And once he is done with the documentary, I’d read it! 🙂

  2. christine newpower on

    this would be wonderful to give as a gift to my teenage son who is considering the military and for whom i pray may be blessed with a vocation

  3. My son is so blessed to have had our pastor hold a special mass at his school in honor of Father Kapaun. A local dealer lent a jeep for this special mass to be held in the school parking lot. It would be awesome to have this book at home.

  4. We would love to read/watch this! I know my son, who loves the military and history, would enjoy it, too, and I love that it will be a great way to incorporate Catholicism and a saintly man into it for him, too. Thank you for the chance.

  5. I would love to win this and learn more about Father Kapaun. Imagine, it’s an opportunity to learn Church and World history. Thanks for the chance!

  6. Even if I don’t win, I think I will have to get a hold of this DVD and share it with our youth group. Father and others like him are the people that we need to hold up to our youth as role models and examples to follow. THanks for the opportunity,

  7. I heard about Fr. Kapaun on the radio and was just amazed by his story. I really wanted to get this book for my dad for Father’s Day but I couldn’t afford it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Mary Krzyzanowski on

    I’d love to win this to share with family, friends and our Catholic homeschooling group. Thanks for the chance!

  9. Lynne Robinson on

    Everyone should know about the life and example of Fr. Emil Kapaun. He was an amazing, God loving, fear nothing man who always put himself last and others first. He was an inspiration to all of God’s children. If you don’t win the book I highly recommend you purchase it – and the other book out on his life – A Shepherd in Combat Boots. Excellent! It will change your life. God bless!!

  10. Kapaun barracks near Kaiserslautern Germany is named after Father Kapaun. Truly a legacy worth learning about.

  11. Cheryl Goheen on

    I love this book! My copy is currently being passed around among my friends & family. I’d love to have another copy to share & look forward to seeing the movie. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  12. Truly inspired by Fr. Kapaun’s story. I would love to have this book and DVD to share with our 66 students preparing for Confirmation next year – what a wonderful example of courage, integrity, bravery and humanity.

  13. Michelle Dawson on

    I have always wanted to see this movie with my children!! I work at a Catholic Parish and would love to pass this movie around to everyone!!

  14. I recently learned about Fr. K from the “Stuff Catholics Should Know” podcast. I think my husband would enjoy these prizes very much.

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