Pilgrims with a cause
Motorcyclists visit Kapaun Museum
A group of 30 mostly Catholic motorcyclists from the Wichita area visited Pilsen Saturday to tour St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church and the Kapaun Museum.
For Arnie Kroupa, who grew up in rural Lincolnville, it was a motorcycle pilgrimage.
Scott Carter, coordinator of the Kapaun Guild for the Wichita diocese, organized the ride. It was led by Pastor Adam Grelinger of Blessed Sacrament Church and his father, Bart Grelinger.
The group gathered next to a statue of Chaplain Emil Kapaun helping a wounded soldier during a long walk to a prisoner of war camp in North Korea.
“We’ve been praying a lot for Father Kapaun’s intercession in regards to negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea,” Carter said.
If relations between the two countries improve, more remains of POWS, including Kapaun, might be found and sent home.
After spending the morning learning about Kapaun and his home community, the group dined in the church basement. Church women prepared the meal.