How many times does not Holy Mother Church tell us that our life on this earth is a journey? This earth is not our lasting home. God created us for a higher, a much more perfect home, our home in heaven with the joy of God.
- Servant of God Emil Kapaun
Walking the Path to Heaven
Each year at the beginning of summer hundreds of pilgrims walk 60 miles in the plains of the heartland of Kansas to the hometown of Servant of God Emil Kapaun. They do it not only to remember the heroic Catholic priest and Army chaplain who is on the path to sainthood, but to discover the true meaning of their own unique paths to sainthood.
Join us on this 8-week Pilgrimage Series journey as we discover the essential dispositions that keep us moving on the road to holiness. Will you answer the Lord’s invitation to enter more fully into the Church’s pilgrim journey to heaven?
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Walk the Father Kapaun Pilgrimage
June 4 - June 7, 2020
This Pilgrimage is a 60-mile trek over 4 Days and 3 Nights to Father Kapaun's hometown of Pilsen, Kansas that commemorates the forced march that Father Kapaun and his men had to make to the Prisoner of War Camp in Korea. The walk is for any man, woman or child willing to walk in honor of Father Kapaun.
The pilgrimage begins at Church of the Magdalen in northeast Wichita and ends with the Father Kapaun Day Mass at 11:00 am in Father Kapaun's hometown of Pilsen.
The first day is rigorous, covering around 22 miles, with the following three days covering about 13, 16 and 8 miles a day. The walk includes daily Mass and time for confessions. Every 2-3 miles of the walk we pause for Father Kapaun Stations: reflections on different aspects of Father Kapaun's life. Portions of the walk are dedicated to group rosaries and silence, while the rest is great time for discussion and meeting new people. Volunteers will transport our luggage and camping gear to each location, and meals will be provided. Camp showers will be available. We will finish the pilgrimage with Mass at St. John Nepomucene, Father Kapaun's home parish, and a bus will be available to transport us back to Wichita.
For safety purposes we must refrain from getting too spread out, keeping support vehicles at the front and back of the group. Be prepared to walk on average 3 mph, occasionally a little faster. Support vehicles will be able to offer you a ride if you need a break from the walking.
Pilgrims who are unable to walk all 4 days are welcome to join us on any particular morning. A van will meet at the Church of the Magdalen to pick up new pilgrims each day, or locations will be provided if you would like to meet us before we start. Please sign up through the link (when available) and mark the days you plan to attend.
This pilgrimage is made possible by donations. We ask that pilgrims make a small donation to cover food, gas, and other needs, usually in the amount of $20 a pilgrim.
For more information, please contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.