About Fr. Kapaun
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Nepomucene Catholic Church was built by the strong backs of
the farmers from the Bohemian community known as
Pilsen, Marion County, Kansas in 1914 through 1915.
The church is located in the center of this little community
of descendants of Bohemian families who immigrated to the
United States during the late 1800's and early 1900's.
settlers came to Pilsen in 1873. The were the first
foreign born pioneers to settle in Marion County. They
left their native land seeking greater economic opportunity
in the United States. The immigrants came to the
United States in 1859 and most settled around the and near
the cities of Chicago and St. Louis.
Among the first
settlers of the Pilsen Community were the Jacob Rudolph
family, the Vit Franta family, Jacob
family and the Martin Sklenar family. All in all,
there were some sixteen families that came with the first
pioneers in 1873.
Joining the first sixteen families in 1875
were Enos Urbanek family and the Frank Krch family. In 1878
the Anton Klenda family arrived as did Michael Benda. The
Joseph Svitak family in 1882. By 1881 there were
approximately twenty-five families living around the Pilsen
community today still has descendants of the original
pioneer families living there and they are still working the
land that their ancestors worked.
church is the third church building that has been located on
the land that the church stands on. Until they built
their first church, the settlers held mass in their homes or
when they were able, they would travel to Florence, Kansas
to attend church there.
church has undergone a complete renovation inside and out
with the inside being completely redone, both in the
sanctuary and in the church dining room. The
improvements to the outside of the church has been the
addition of the handicap accessible entrance and lift and
the re-grouting of all the brickwork and repairs to the
steeple of the church.
In 2001 a
statue was dedicated to Pilsen's most famous citizen, Army
Chaplain, Father Emil J. Kapaun and it stands on the church
grounds where many visitors come to pay homage to a fallen
hero. Father Emil J. Kapaun, who lost his life at the hands
of his captors in a POW camp in 1951 during the Korean War
was and still is an inspiration to all men and women who
have either known him personally or who have come to know
him through his story. At this time, there is a movement
putting forward the effort of canonization of Father Kapaun.
You can read more about this on other areas of this website.
Located downstairs off the church dining room is the
Father Kapaun Room. There are many items that belonged to
Father Kapaun on display. This room is kept locked, but if
you would like to see all the items that are kept on display
there, you may contact
the church secretary and request someone meet you at the
church on the day you would be visiting. Contact
information is located at the bottom of this page.
The grotto is located between the statue and the church in
front of the parsonage. The grounds are lovingly cared for
by the people of the community
In 1991 the
catholic churches of Marion County were joined into one
parish, the Holy Family Parish of Marion County and they
consist of the church at Pilsen, St. Patrick's Catholic
Church at Florence, Kansas, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church of
Tampa, Kansas and St. Mark's Catholic Church at Marion,
held at each church. Below is a schedule of weekend
5:30 pm at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
8:30 am at St. Mark's Catholic Church,
10:30 am at St. John Nepomucene
Catholic Church, Pilsen, Kansas
are as follows:
Tuesday 5:30 pm -
Wednesday 9:00 am - Marion
9:00 am - Pilsen
9:00 am - Marion
would like to visit the Pilsen Church at a time when there
are no Masses being held and visit the church and the
Father Kapaun Room, you can contact the Parish Church Office
by calling 1-620-382-3369. Be sure to request that
someone meet you at the church in Pilsen for a personal tour
and they can open the Father Kapaun room for you so you can
see all the items on display there.
St. Mark's -
- Florence, Ks