Co-author of Father Kapaun book to sign copies at Newman

Feb 19, 2015

As a part of Heritage Month, Newman University will welcome journalist and author Roy Wenzl to campus for a lecture and book signing at 7 p.m., Feb. 26, in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center, inside the Dugan Library on the Newman University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Wenzl, along with Travis Heying, created the definitive book on Fr. Kapaun entitled, The Miracle of Father Kapaun, Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero.

Wenzl is an award-winning reporter for the Wichita Eagle and primary author of Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door (Harper Collins, 2007). He is also a co-producer of the documentary film “The Miracle of Father Kapaun,” distributed by Ignatius Press.

Father Emil Kapaun
Father Emil Kapaun

The book The Miracle of Father Kapaun tracks the story of the Korean War chaplain who has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, and is being considered by the Vatican for canonization as a saint. Fr. Kapaun was born in Pilsen, Kan., and was ordained in St. John’s Chapel located in Newman’s Sacred Heart Hall on June 9, 1940. A 12-foot by 4 1/2-foot mural painted by Wendy Lewis that depicts Fr. Kapaun’s experience in Korea hangs in St. John’s Chapel.

To hear about the history of Father Kapaun and Wenzl’s lectures on the topic, watch this brief interview with Charlotte Rohrbach, ASC.