Policies for Visiting
St. John Nepomucene Church
and the Father Kapaun Museum
Set forth by the Father Kapaun Guild and Holy Family Parish, Marion County
Catholic Diocese of Wichita
· The Fr. Kapaun Museum is open for regular hours on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Large groups (10 or more) are requested to notify Rose, the parish secretary, at 620-382-3369 even if coming during these scheduled hours.
· To visit the Fr. Kapaun Museum outside regular hours, please call Rose at the Holy Family Parish office at 620-382-3369 to set a time.
· Group tours should be no larger than 60 people. A donation to the Chaplain Kapaun Legacy Fund is greatly appreciated, especially for large groups.
· Cancellations: Please let us know if you cannot make your tour. Every effort will be made to avoid cancelling tours, but occasionally a parish obligation (such as a funeral) will arise that will take precedence over tours. You will be contacted if this happens.
· Handicap Accessibility: Unfortunately, the Father Kapaun Museum, where most of Father Kapaun’s artifacts are housed, is an old rectory (priest’s home) with steps and currently does not have handicap accessibility. The church and statue are both handicap accessible. Please make us aware of any disability and we will do our best to accommodate you.
· No overnight retreats are allowed at Holy Family Parish, as the necessary facilities are not available. Overnight retreats can be held at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, 316-744-0167.
· Father Kapaun merchandise is available at the Father Kapaun Museum in Pilsen during open hours. Otherwise please visit www.FatherKapaun.org to purchase merchandise through the Father Kapaun Guild Office in Wichita.
GROUP TOUR OPTIONS
Listed below are group tour options for you to choose from.
· The Life of Fr. Kapaun (always given) 1 hour
· Alleged Miracles 30 minutes
· Fr. Kapaun Museum (his artifacts) 30 minutes
· Church Tour 30 minutes
· Cemetery (weather permitting) 30 minutes
· Statue (weather permitting) 30 minutes
· Videos of Fr. Kapaun 30 minutes/video (choose one)
o “The Miracle of Fr. Kapaun”, Documentary produced by the Wichita Eagle Newspaper
o “Crossroads: The Good Thief”, 1950s television drama
o “The Story of Fr. Kapaun”, Documentary produced by Kapaun’s Men
· Lunch by St. Anne’s Altar Society 30 - 45 minutes
(Lunch is available for a set fee, except on Sundays, but arrangements must be made when the tour is scheduled.)
PRIESTS AND CELEBRATING MASS
· All Catholic priests who wish to celebrate Mass at St. John Nepomucene Church must make reservations in advance with Rose at the Holy Family Parish office at 620-382-3369.
· Priests from outside the Catholic Diocese of Wichita must provide a letter of suitability for each priest celebrant/concelebrant. Please detail the dates and location of desired Masses. A copy of the letter needs to be sent to both the Office of the Bishop and the Holy Family Parish Office:
Office of the Bishop
Holy Family Parish Office
415 N. Cedar St.
424 N. Broadway
Marion, KS 66861
Wichita, KS 67202
Or by email at:
· All priests who have permission to celebrate Mass must be respectful of local custom and follow correct rubrics.
· If prior arrangements have not been made, the celebration of Mass will not be permitted.
PARISH SCHEDULE OF SACRAMENTS
· Sunday Mass in Pilsen is at 10:30am.
· Mass is also celebrated in Pilsen on Thursday mornings at 8am, unless there is a funeral or other extenuating circumstances.
· Confessions are heard a half hour before Mass on both Thursday and Sunday.
· As there is no resident priest in Pilsen, the Sacraments are not available outside of the regularly-scheduled times.
· The only sanctioned walking pilgrimage to Pilsen is the annual Father Kapaun Walk, which is held in conjunction with Fr. Kapaun Day, the first Sunday in June.
· Other walking pilgrimages are not permitted, especially for groups associated with the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, including schools, youth groups, parishes, etc.
· St. John Nepomucene Church, Holy Family Parish, and the Catholic Diocese of Wichita are not responsible for any individual that chooses to walk to Pilsen in Pilgrimage. Please note that the roads to Pilsen are either unpaved country roads or are roads without sidewalks and that walking is not advised.
EVENTS AND ENGAGEMENTS OUTSIDE OF PILSEN
· The scheduling of all sanctioned events outside of St. John Nepomucene Church and Holy Family Parish, Marion County, need to be handled through the Father Kapaun Guild Office at the Chancery office in Wichita. This includes retreats, talks, conferences, pilgrimages, and any other events or entities that seek speakers or materials from the Father Kapaun Guild.
· Please call 316-269-3900 or email
To schedule a tour, please call:
McPherson, KS - click for mapTake Hwy 56 east 24 miles to Hwy 15. Take Hwy 15 left (north) 9 miles to Durham, KS. Turn right (east) on 290th St. for 10 miles. Turn right (south) on Remington Rd. for 1 ½ miles to Pilsen. St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church is on the corner of Remington Rd. and 275th Street.
Wichita, KS - click for mapTake I-135 north to Newton, KS. Take exit 34 north onto KS 15 for 19 miles. Turn right (east) onto Hwy 56 for 6 miles. Turn left (north) on Hwy 15 for 9 miles to Durham, KS. Turn right (east) on 290th St. for 10 miles. Turn right (south) on Remington Rd. for 1 ½ miles to Pilsen. St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church is on the corner of Remington Rd. and 275th Street.
Abilene & Salina, KS - click for mapTake Hwy 15 south to Durham, KS. At 290th Street turn left (east) for 9 miles to Remington Rd. Turn right (south) 1 ½ miles to Pilsen. St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church is on the corner of Remington Rd. and 275th Street.Junction City & points north east - click for mapTake I-70 to Hwy 77 exit (1 mile W of Junction City, KS) and drive south to Lincolnville, KS (approx. 40 miles). At Lincolnville, turn right (west) for 4 miles to Remington Rd. Turn left (south) and go 1 ½ miles to Pilsen. St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church is on the corner of Remington Rd. and 275th Street.El Dorado & Southeast Kansas - click for mapTake Hwy 77 north from El Dorado to Lincolnville, KS. At Lincolnville, turn left (west) for 4 miles to Remington Rd. Turn left (south) and go 1 ½ miles to Pilsen. St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church is on the corner of Remington Rd. and 275th Street. Emporia, KS - click for mapTake Hwy 50 west to Elmdale, KS. Take Hwy 150 west towards Marion, KS for 20 miles. At Hwy 77, go right (north) to Lincolnville, KS. At Lincolnville, turn left (west) for 4 miles to Remington Rd. Turn left (south) and go 1 ½ miles to Pilsen. St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church is on the corner of Remington Rd. and 275th Street.
Father Kapaun was born in Pilsen, Kansas, in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, on Holy Thursday, April 20, 1916. He was ordained a Priest for the Diocese on June 9, 1940, and entered the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps in 1944.
Separated from the service in 1946, he re-entered the Army in 1948 and was sent to Japan the following year.
In July of 1950 Father Kapaun was ordered to Korea. On November 2 of that same year he was taken as a prisoner of war. In the seven months in prison, Father Kapaun spent himself in heroic service to his fellow prisoners without regard for race, color or creed.
To this there is testimony of men of all faiths. Ignoring his own ill health, he nursed the sick and wounded until a blood clot in his leg prevented his daily rounds. Moved to a so-called hospital, but denied medical assistance, his death soon followed on May 23, 1951.
The Diocese of Wichita and the Vatican have begun the formal process that could lead to Father Kapaun's canonization. In 1993, it was announced that Fr. Kapaun would receive the title of "Servant of God". He received the Medal of Honor posthumously in 2013.
Find out more at http://www.fatherkapaun.org/