Wichita, Kan., Oct 3, 2010 / 11:11 am
Father Emil Kapaun, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, is among the 24 men, women, or groups nominated for the Eight Wonders of Kansas People, a campaign by the Kansas Sampler Foundation to promote and educate about the Sunflower State.
Fr. Kapaun is a priest of the diocese who died in a North Korean prisoner of war camp in 1951. The canonization process is underway for Father Kapaun, a war hero born and raised in Pilsen, Kansas.
The Kansas Sampler Foundation began its campaign with the Eight Wonders of Kansas. The current category is people.
Father John Hotze, judicial vicar for the diocese who is overseeing the diocesan canonization effort for Father Kapaun, said Father Kapaun was among the 125 originally nominated and is now one of the 24 finalists.