New book features Kapaun’s life, service

The book “A Saint Among Us,” about the life of Father Emil Kapaun, has recently been released by the Father Kapaun Guild to promote his canonization in the Roman Catholic Church.

Father John Hotze, director of the Guild, said he is delighted with the 170-page book that includes numerous photos from Kapaun’s growing up years in Pilsen, his heroic career as a chaplain in the U.S. Army and the various events held in his honor following his death in a Chinese Communist “hospital” on a hill near the Manchurian border on May 23, 1951.

“It will help educate another generation of Catholics about the deep love Chaplain Kapaun had for his men and how he sacrificed himself to help his soldiers-physically and spiritually,” Hotze said.

While working on the dedication of the statute of Kapaun on the campus of the St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen, the committee realized more than a half-century had passed since Kapaun’s death, and the current generation was too young to remember Pilsen’s native son.

Rose May Neuwirth, a member of the Father Kapaun Memorial Committee, said, “We started out putting together a brochure when somebody said, ‘This is almost a book.'”

The project was edited by Pat Wick of Ramona and Carol Kelly, editor of the Officers Magazine in Cincinnati, Ohio, and produced with the help of Print Source Direct in Hillsboro.

Two thousand copies of the book were printed. The price of the book is $25, plus $3 for shipping and handling.

It can be purchased by contacting Neuwirth at 2035 290th, Marion, KS 66861, or by calling her at 620-024-5282.

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